Photo: Ernie Martin  This 8-pound bass was caught from a private lake by Austin Seymour in Laurel Hill.

Photo: Ernie Martin

This 8-pound bass was caught from a private lake by Austin Seymour in Laurel Hill.

Mind the water depth, clarity and weather


Hook & Trigger

I love to bass fish with a spinner bait. It is a wonderful invention that can make even the novice angler increase their bass catching rate. In this article I will share several techniques that I use and have had lots of success in the past.

A simple rule of thumb that I learned from my father-in-law many years ago: you should use a lighter spinner bait with small blades in shallow water and a larger bait with bigger blades in deep water. Match your retrieve to water clarity. In clear water and bright days, I use a fast retrieve. I don’t want to give the bass too much time to inspect the bait; I want the fish to react quickly to the lure.

When making a setup for fishing with a spinner bait, I keep my setup very simple. I use a bait caster with 17-pound test monofilament line on a medium heavy rod. I use this setup for nearly all my spinner baits. Never let the spinner bait sink out of sight. This will help you see the strikes. When you see the strike, use a short pause before setting the hook. Bass will hold a spinner bait for a long time, so be patient when setting the hook.

So, what color of spinner baits produce the most for me? I can break it down to three major color patterns. I prefer white in clear water and sunny days. I like chartreuse green and white in dirty, colored water and sunny days. I also use blue in clear water on cloudy days. I recommend chartreuse green in muddy water regardless of the sky conditions.

I love to use a spinner bait in low light days. Low light days have produced winning weights for me and hundreds of anglers. I don’t mind fishing a spinner bait on sunny days if the wind is blowing. Some of my biggest bass have come on sunny, windy days. 


If I had to pick a low light day versus a windy, sunny day then my choice would be for the sunny, windy day. The wind will churn up the water and increase the oxygen in the water. The wind also helps in the refraction of light from the spinner bait blades.

I can almost 100 percent guarantee you of a spinner bait bite on a sunny, windy day in the spring. Without a doubt, the spring is my favorite choice for using a spinner bait. With the bass moving into shallow water to spawn – and with a nice breeze – I can usually catch a limit in a few hours. However, don’t wait for spring to come to try a spinner bait, fish are biting now, too!

Please give the trusty spinner bait a try. Try to utilize the techniques that I have shared and send the pictures of your bass fishing successes with a spinner bait to us at http://bit.ly/2vcmSUI.

Until next time, good luck and God bless.