|Summertime is spinnerbait time, particularly at dawn and
dusk when bass are most active. Choosing the best model for a fishing situation can mean
the difference between catching a few fish and unhooking almost more than you can handle.
are sized from #00 in Colorado and Indiana styles - appropriate for small trout - to #8
best suited for lake trout and pike. Choose a #3 to #5 for most situations. Willowleafs
run from #1 to #8, with size #3 through #8 commonly appearing on spinnerbaits.
Large blades amplify spinnerbait features, like too much of a good thing. An overly
large Colorado blade won't run straight except at minimum speed. And its loud splash,
heavy vibration, and large profile may spook more bass than it attracts. On the other
hand, a tiny Indiana won't attract attention in murky water, it's difficult to cast, and
the spin is hard to feel in windy conditions.
Tandem blades change lure appearance, drop speed, flash, and vibrations. They work
great in thick cabbage on the flats. A great tandem is a small #1 or #2 Colorado and a
large #6 or #8 willow leaf. The small round blades add vibration while the big willow
creates flash. Mix gold, copper, or silver blades to cover a variety of water clarity and
sunlight situations. Double willows are popular for situations demanding maximum flash.
Tandem chartreuse Colorado blades are my choice in weedy, murky lakes where spinerbaits
aren't usually fished. Clear water and shallow fish suggest a switch to painted white
blades to reduce flash.