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Tips For Rigging Spinnerbaits

How To Rig Spinnerbatis

By Nate Rosson

Nate Rosson With Big Bass

Nate Rosson With Big Bass

2009 Nate Rosson licensed to About.com
Hi there, my name is Nate. I am a 20-year-old bass fishing fanatic from Houston, TX! I enjoy your articles and recently read your "Slinging Spinnerbaits" piece and it got me thinking about my experiences with spinnerbaits and about how versatile a spinnerbait really is to a bass angler.

I always fished here and there as a kid, with live bait and a cork or some variation, but then a friend in junior-high school got me into bass fishing and I've been all about it ever since! I really have a passion for the sport and I take any chance I get to talk about it. I think that we, as bass fisherman, can and will always learn something new simply through conversing and sharing every now and then. And there's no better place than the world-wide-web! So thanks for providing a canvas on which to do so. Keep posting!

Much like you, I like to switch out blades, skirts, etc. to match my spinnerbait presentation with the current appetite of the fish. I enjoy using "hammered willow" blades in these Houston-area lakes where we have mainly stained waters. I like the appearance and smooth rotation of a willow blade, and the hammered effect is enough extra action and vibration to work in most water conditions here. 

One thing that I can really relate with you on is using a soft plastic trailer to entice fish. I rarely throw a spinnerbait without first dressing it with some sort of trailer, whether it be a long curly-tail worm, a twin-tail grub, or even a lizard or other creature bait! I believe that, besides the extra action that such trailers add to a spinnerbait, there is something else special about the appeal of a soft plastic matched with a spinnerbait. 

A lot of times when the bite is slow or fish are passing up the opportunity to bite, I like to use a two-tone trailer. For example, on a white/chart skirted spinnerbait I might add a pumpkin or black or other off-colored plastic with a white or chartreuse or pink tail. Something about that two-tone plastic, which gives off the appearance of a smaller fish/creature tagging along with the spinnerbait seems to trigger the bite mechanism of most otherwise stubborn fish. It makes me laugh because it seems to be a territorial or "pride" thing that causes this to work, the fish are suckers for it! 

At first I didn't recognize the trend, but soon I began to realize that this technique makes a true difference. May not be anything new to you but I just thought I'd share the common strand, a little fish talk never hurts. Thanks for your articles, keep them coming!

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