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Fishing for Bass in Shallow Cover with Spinnerbaits

Fishing for Bass in Shallow Cover with Spinnerbaits

Bite on a spinnerbait! Man what a hard pulling
fish! That fish liked to pull me out of the boat. If I can ever get him up here. Now there’s a
nice one on a spinnerbait. Look how big, fat, and healthy that fish is. That fish is probably
five pounds or maybe a little over. But look how good it is eating. We started out this morning and we were throwing
a topwater bait. We had some bites on topwater, but the sun is kind of getting up and as you
can we’re starting to get a little breeze. When we first got here this morning it was
dead flat calm, kind of warm and humid, and we had a few topwater bites. But really the
topwater water bite wasn’t real good. As I mentioned we had a little breeze picking up
and a little chop on the surface, which is usually when a spinnerbait gets good is when
you get a little bit of disturbance on the surface, a little wind, and a little cloud
cover. I picked this spinnerbait up, threw it out there, and caught that big fish. For
some reason some days fish like to come up to the surface and bite on top, and some days
they want more of a sub-surface bait. I picked up this little Picasso Inviz Wire Spinnerbait.
This is a new bait that just came out. It’s got a brown heat-treated wire, it’s 27/1000,
it’s got a special loop, and it’s got a lot of vibration. One thing about this bait is
it has a light wire. It has a lot more vibration, but also when you get a light wire spinnerbait
like this you have to tune it. That fish right there bent it up. Always when you get your
spinnerbait always look at the head and the hook. As you can see I’ve got the wire and what
I want is this top wire to be perfectly straight so I may need to tweak it just a little bit
to the side. I want all this in line and I want this top wire to cover the hook because that’s what is going to make
it weedless. Whenever you’re throwing a spinner bait and whatever it is, (this is a light
wire spinnerbait and it bends a little easier) always be sure to keep your spinnerbaits tuned.
That will help you not get hung up as much. Let’s see if we can pick a spinnerbait up
and see if we can catch a few more fish. There’s one right there! Oh gosh my hand slipped
off the reel handle! Oh man they hit this thing. This hit this spinnerbait so hard and
I wasn’t prepared for that bite. There all of a sudden we picked a spinnerbait up. Something
that runs just a little bit under the surface, and we picked up two fish. So always kind
of pay attention to what the fish are telling you. That’s one thing about this heat-treated
wire; it’s pretty tough. Let me try that again. I did everything wrong.
My hand slipped off the reel handle but I still managed to keep up with that fish even
though it was a little difficult. One thing I did notice is the size of the
shad are about the size of the blades on that spinnerbait. Which a lot of times that’s what
you want to try to do. You want to match the size of the bait to your blades. If they’re
small you’ll want to throw a smaller bladed spinnerbait. If on some lakes you have big
gizzard shad and things of that nature you want to throw bigger bladed spinnerbaits.
Number 6’s or maybe even number 7’s like they do a lot of times down in Florida. I still can’t get over that one fish and how
hard it hit that spinnerbait. That was just an unbelievable I didn’t catch him he caught
me kind of deal! There’s one right there! That’s the second
fish off that brush pile. I just caught that one just a second ago off of it and that’s
the second fish. Now that’s another good tip I think a lot of time we kind of get in a
hurry and I know this is something I’m guilty of it too at times. But whenever you come
to like a big brush pile or a lay down tree and you throw in there and catch one. A lot
of times if that piece of cover was good enough for one fish, a lot of times it can be good
enough for two or three fish. So don’t be afraid to make multiple casts. That’s something
else that I can tell you I’ve learned from spinnerbait fishing through the years is a
lot of times people are real bad about pulling up to a lay down, a stump, or a stick, and
making a cast on the left and right side and then move on to the next one. Sometimes if
those fish aren’t real aggressive I know I fished a tournament years ago fishing flood
bushes where I would throw six times to each side of the bush: six times to the left side
and six times to the right side. Sometimes the fish would bite on the first cast, and
sometimes it was the sixth. A lot of times when you’ve got a big brushy lay down tree
or piece of cover what you have to think is that fish may not be sitting right on the
edge. He might be deep inside the heart of that tree of that lay down. The first cast
you may get his attention, the second cast he may go “hmmm what was that”, and the third
cast he may start to move out to the edge of that tree. So a lot of times by making
multiple casts with a spinnerbait, a square bill crankbait, or even a worm or a jig. Sometimes when
you come to a good piece of cover the more cast you make a lot of the time you reposition
the fish. In other words he may not be on the edge of it, he may be in the center of
it and maybe by that sixth cast you’ve got his attention and he’s come out to the edge
of the tree to bite. I’m going to try to start on the end, but
I threw over it. There’s one! It’s not a bass though is it? It’s a little bass and I watched
him come up there and eat my spinnerbait. Okay now there’s one bass. That’s a pretty
big log and I tried to throw to throw on this far end first because whenever you come up
a lot of times you could have two, three, or four fish. So you don’t want to throw dead
across it and drag that fish out and mess up that whole piece of cover. We’re going
to make another cast across the end. Of course I really could get in there a little tighter.
We’re going to see if we can catch one off the other end. We may and we may not. But
that’s one thing I like to try to do is I approach cover and try to do it in a system
where I might be able to catch multiple fish off of a piece of cover. Ultimately the best
cast would be to get over and throw all the way down that log. But sometimes you always
want to start on the outer edges before you throw to the center first. That way you might
not mess up if you throw right to the center first and drag a fish out it may scare another
fish that was on the edge. So that’s another thing that I like to always systematically
think about it and try to give myself the opportunity to catch more than one fish off
a piece of cover. See now our wind has picked back up and we’re getting a pretty good ripple,
which is a good thing. So many beautiful targets to throw to and
you know I’m starting to get the feeling that I need to be throwing out in the shad. You
know? That’s a good one! Good lord look at this
bass! Man I’ve got like a four or five pounder that has short lined me. Oh man check this
bass out right here. You talk about a nice one. Now that was about my fifth cast that I made
through that tree right there. Now if you look I felt him bump it on the fifth cast
and I’m pretty sure I got him through the nose. Now that took five casts through that
tree before I ever caught that bass. As you can see that’s a nice one right there!
I’m going to let him go. Once again ever since we picked up this Picasso Spinnerbait with
this new heat-treated 27/1000 wire we’ve caught two fish and we’ve almost put a limit in the
boat. But it took five throws through that piece of cover before I ever got that fish
to bite. That’s one thing I’ve noticed now that don’t know what it is. The fish are biting,
but it’s taking a little bit more to encourage them. They’re not always biting on the first
cast. We fished through this pocket early this morning and had one or two bites. So
I think I’m going to fish back through it with a spinnerbait and see if we can’t pick
up a few more fish. Plus we’ve also seen some in here schooling, which is another good reason
to fish back through here. I think angling pressure has an effect on
multiple casts. Sometimes it’s just like if someone keeps coming up to you and keeps poking
you in the chest. Eventually you’re going to get you know. On the first poke
they might get a reaction from you, but on the fifth or sixth poke they’re going to finally
make you angry. I think that’s a lot of the ways with making multiple casts to pieces of
cover. Whether it be a spinnerbait, a square bill, a plastic worm, a jig, or whatever it
might be. I think the more casts you make that eventually you’ll either aggravate him
or trigger his instinct to finally feed. I think sometimes it’s angling pressure and
sometimes it’s just the mood of the fish. Sometimes they’re just not in an aggressive
mood. I think after it comes through 4-5-6- 8 times they decide, “hey I’m going to take
advantage of this.” Because you know bass are opportunists.

34 comments on “Fishing for Bass in Shallow Cover with Spinnerbaits

  1. I have terrible luck fishing spinnerbaits so I have a few questions. Is the water warm? Is he banging the spinnerbait off of the trees and cover? Is it a slow steady retrieve?

  2. Kevin Overly, I assume the water is pretty warm, at least 70 degrees. Also, you don't necessarily HAVE to bang it off of the trees/cover, but I would definitely try to if you can. Those sudden changes in direction you get from banging it off cover can trigger a strike on a fish that may just let it go on by if you're reeling it back in on a straight line.

    Play around with your retrieve speeds until you figure out what they like, there's not really a "THIS is the answer" to your question. A medium retrieve speed, for lack of a better term, (not burning it, but not slow rolling it) works well most of the time for me. If there's cover, I'll do my best to bump it from a few different angles. If there's minimal or no cover, sometimes I'll do a pause and go retrieve. The SB will flutter down a bit on the pause, and then I'll snap it back up to where I was retrieving it before. That tends to work better with swimbaits, but I've had luck doing it with SB's. Hope that helps.

  3. What line and rod would be best for fishing a spinner bait? Also spinning or casting reel. Thanks great work on the water

  4. Awesome. My go to year round lure. I've found in the spring and fall when fish are cruising banks that burning a spinnerbait just under the surface will catch a lot of fish even if there isn't any cover. I also keep a soft plastic handy as a back up. I've caught a lot of fish by following up a missed strike with a plastic or jig.

  5. Great information on spinner bait fishing. I also appreciate your technique in handling and releasing fish promptly after the catch. I sometimes find myself talking to the videos when the fisherman talks while holding his fish like forever.

  6. Interesting casting technique, switching from one hand to the other. Wouldnt it be easier to master a left hand reel?

  7. I've had my hand slip off the reel handle too-especially when using spinnerbaits. Water starts getting "squeegied" off the line by the reels line guide-making the handle wet and slippery. And, for whatever reason, when a bass hits a spinnerbait, it is USUALLY a hard hit.

    Oh, and I definitely agree that prime spots need to be cast too numerous times. MANY times it would take 9 or ten casts before I could coax a bass into biting. It seems to me the more sparse cover is, the more times you should cast to it.

  8. The videos you guys post are super helpful, videos like this have really helped me get ready to enter my first local tournament coming up thanks for uploading

  9. hello please help me with the characteristics of the cane , I want to buy a similar for a reel of baicasting . Please explain well the features of the cane greetings from Ecuador

  10. Awesome.. that's more fish than I've caught in my life on spinner bait. I have no luck with them but also have very little confidence in them.

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