Posts Tagged Spinnerbait

Berkley Havoc Beat Shad

Berkley Havoc lures are best known for their ability to catch bass and the Beat Shad is no different. Typically I rig them on a 1/4 oz jig and slow roll them. It has also became my favorite lure to add to an umbrella rig. A few more applications where it excels are as trailers for spinnerbaits and bladed jigs, shaky head, and swim jig trailers. The video below tells us that these lures should not be over looked for walleye.

 

 

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Willow Leaf Vs. Colorado Blades

Willow LeafColoradoSpinnerbaits offer a ton of options and are a very versatile lure. You can change the skirt color, skirt size, weight of lure, blade size, blade style, number or blades and more. The most common thing we hear is willow leaf blades or Colorado blades? Our answer to that is simple, both, and depends on water conditions, weather, species being targeted, and type of baitfish in the body of water. We can’t get into all the details in options for different blades on this tip of the week, but here are a few rules of thumb. First, in clear water it is better to use willow leafs because you can pull them through the water faster. This is especially true if you have a bluebird sky and calm conditions. If you have stained or muddy water you should go with a Colorado blade because it puts out a bigger vibration and causes more of a disturbance. Another option is to use a combination of the two blades. That is a quick reference guide and if you wish for more information visit our old article Picking the Right Spinnerbait.

 

 

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Final Tournament of the Year – Lake Arthur

The final bass tournament of the year has come and gone.  The bass club I fish in, West Penn Bass Hunters, had there final tournament of the year on Lake Arthur last Sunday.  I had not pre-fished for this tournament, but Lake Arthur is my home lake so I had a good idea where the fish might be.   After looking through my notes from the past few years, I decided that I would need to fish shallow weedlines and/or wood to get my fish.   We launched from 528 launch at 8am, with clear skies, no wind, warmer than average air temp, and the water temp was 49°.  My first stop of the day was a cove about half way down the lake.  Not knowing exactly where the fish would be I picked up my white chatterbait and started down the bank.  It didn’t take long to get my first hit, maybe 15-20 minutes, but it was just a 13” largemouth.  My next bite, coming just a few minutes later was much better, a solid 4.56lb largemouth.  After getting that big girl so early, I was planning on having a great day of fishing.  I fished around that cove for the next few hours, changing my lures and trying a spinnerbait, jig, jerkbait, and a beaver but was only able to get few more dinks.  I moved down around Bear Run next but didn’t get anything down there so I decided to make the run all the way back up to muddy creek.  I fished around in weeds with a spinnerbait and chatterbait for a few more hours with no success, so I decided to try dragging a beaver.  I was able to get one hit on the beaver, which ended up being my last keeper of the day, a 3lb largie.   My final stop of the day was up in Shannon’s Bay where I got one more dink on a chatterbait.  It was time to take in my fish in and see how everyone else did.  My total weight with my two fish was 7.65lbs and it was just enough to squeak out the win over two other guys that had three fish limits.  It was a great day to be on the water as the weather was nice and even though the fishing wasn’t great the size of the fish I got made up for the low number of fish I caught.

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ABA New York West Division on Oneida Lake

This past weekend I fished as a rider in the last divisional event for the bassmaster weekend series, New York West Division on Oneida Lake.  This was the championship so it was a two day event held on Saturday and Sunday.  Much like Leo has said in the past, these guys from the ABA do a fine job at putting on a tournament.

Leo and I arrived at Oneida Lake Thursday afternoon and practiced both Thursday and Friday.  We found some solid spots around some of the shoals that littered the lake.  The main pattern was a 3/8 or ½ oz white spinnerbait over 10 or so feet of water.   Let me tell you that the smallmouth in Oneida are some of the strongest fighting smallies I have every seen.  In fact I didn’t talk to too many guys that didn’t have at least one spinnerbait broken by these guys, I myself broke two.  The secondary pattern was to pull a green pumpkin tube or beaver.

Day one of the tournament was not what I would call and nice day on the water.  Heavy winds produced some bumpy conditions, 3 to 5 footers.  Despite the bad weather conditions my boater was on good fish and I was able to get limit of solid fish using my ½ oz white spinnerbait on day one. This put me right where in needed to be for day two.

On day two the wind had died off a little but the rain moved in.  My boater had some smallmouth he fished in practice about half way down the lake so after a few stops in the morning we decided to run down and see if we could get into them.  We pulled up to spot and within an hour had a small limit.  We worked this area for the reset of the day and we were able to cull up but not quite to the quality of fish from day one.  Once again just about every fish came on a ½ oz white spinnerbait, a few came on a green pumpkin tube.

I was able to put together my first top 5 finish in this series, finishing 4th.  All in all it was a good weekend of fishing.  If I learned one thing from this trip it was that I’m more out of shape then I ever thought possible.  Throwing a ½ oz spinnerbait for four straight days had my arms sore.  I have no idea how KVD does it.

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East Brady

Sunday morning Jess and I went up to East Brady for the morning to chase some river smallmouth bass.  This is probably my favorite stretch of river to fish in the Western part of the state.  For those who are unfimiliar with East Brady it is located on the Allegheny River.  There is a public boat launch just off of the main drag across from town.  East Brady is know of its campers and pleasure boating, but the fishing can be unbelievable. 

We got there around 7:00 am and fish until around noon.  My first stop gave me too nice smallmouth.  Both were over 15 inches long.  I caught 1 on a white buzzbait and the other on a chartruse spinnerbait.  The fish that I caught were very aggressive.  Later in the morning I managed to catch another keeper (about 14″).  I also lost a true monster on a popper.  Their were a weird set of circumstances with the hit, but lets just say that she broke  my line and heart on the initial hit.  I got a good look at the fish because it jumped to throw my popper back to me.  I am guessing that the smallmouth was in the 20″ range.  The rest of the fish that I managed to catch were dinks, but still fun.

In a couple of weeks the fishing at East Brady will get increasingly better until november.  Then the fishing will get difficult.  I am looking forward to my next trip up there.

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Late April, Early May Bass Fishing Western PA

I’ve been pretty busy over the past month fishing, making video, and working on the new website (coming soon). Although i’ve been pretty busy, I am still taking advantage of the prime time for big Bass in Western PA! This is the time of year where fisherman can hawg hunt! It’s very important for all you fellow hawg hunters to pick the right conditions and take advantage of the opportunities. With the water warming, the bass are moving up and feeding in certain areas where they are preparing to spawn. I prefer the sunny days to warm the water. With the sun, the water warms quicker and can turn the fish on into a feeding frenzy. Traditional spawning area’s in many lakes are producing large bass right now. Please keep in mind that during the bass spawn, if you choose to catch them, please return the bass into the water as quickly as possible and as close to the area that you caught them. These big females are gaurding their nest and need to be released quickly to ensure the proper spawn. I have taken the time to fish a few tournaments in the past few weeks but have not performed very well. This time of year, conditions change very quickly and when the right adjustments are not made, you bite can be off as quickly as it turns on. For fun, I would suggest that pond fishing is the best option for most anglers in search of big bass. The bass in ponds can be easily found on the traditional spawning areas. This is a great choice for big Bass! Over the past couple weeks, I have caught several 4+ pound largemouth and one over 5 as seen in this video. Have fun on the water and enjoy the nice spring weather!

 

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Add Some Color

There are a lot of ways to change the appearance or you lures.  Most of us don’t think about changing our spinnerbait, jig, & crankbait colors without changing lures.  Some days the change needed to make a fish bite can be as subtile as a black line on a crankbait or a red stripe in a spinnerbait skirt.  All you need to make these subtile changes is take a permanent marker with you and add the modification as you need it.  Remember that less can be more and not to over do it.  spike-itThere are a few companies such as Spike-It, www.ispikeit.com, that make a variety of lure dye and paints which can make the job of modifing your lures something that can be easily done on the fly.

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Spinnerbait Skirts

Spinnerbait skirts come in multiple shapes, sizes, and colors.  The reason for all of these options is to match the attributes of the baitfish.  The size of the baitfish in the lake or river system will determine the correct size of the skirt for your lure.  If your lure is too large take a pair of regular sissors and cut the skirt in a rounding motion around the hook.  This will add the appearance of a baitfish body and shrink the skirt to the correct size.

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