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Bass Fishing with Chad Pinkerton

The Spike-O

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: “Every fisherman’s looking for a different lure that the bass have never seen before, with a color that’s never been introduced into the bass’s environment and that will make bass bite. I’ve figured out how to give bass those unique colors and lures,” Chad Pinkerton of St. Cloud, Florida, a tournament angler and a bass-fishing guide at Disney World, sClick to enlargeays. Pinkerton’s so addicted to fishing that he says, “I can’t go anywhere without a bag of Spike-It soft-plastic lures in my pocket. I’ve even sat in church, pulled out a plastic worm or a jerkbait, taken my knife and started carving designs in the lure while the preacher’s preaching. Sometimes I feel like the Lord’s speaking to me about how to make a unique bait, and I just have to try it.”

Question: Chad, I know you’re fishing the Spike-O, which is a cigar-shaped worm. Why and how are you fishing it?
Pinkerton: I finesse fish the Spike-O with no lead. I’ve used lead on it and caught bass, but I think I catch more by using it without a lead. I caught a 10-pounder in late July by casting the Spike-O out and letting it freefall. Most people fish a Spike-O around cover that Click to enlargethey can see, but I’ve learned that the Spike-O’s also deadly effective on points. I like to fish it on the break of a point. Most people know that bass will stack up on the break line of a point, but they usually fish bottom baits from the top of the point over the break line. When I see some fish stacked up on a point with my depth finder, I’ll pull my boat away from the break line where I’ve spotted the fish and cast to that same place. I’ll let the Spike-O fall all the way to the bottom, pull the Spike-O up and then shake my rod tip as it falls back – like I’m fishing a shaky-head worm. I’ve found that generally by the second or third time that I pull the Spike-O up, the bass will take the bait. Most people oClick to enlargenly fish the Spike-O on the fall. Therefore, they’re leaving plenty of bass that they can catch. I work the Spike-O not only on the fall, but when I jerk it up off the bottom, I’m shaking it as it falls back. I’ll let the bait come up and fall in the same spot different times before I reel it in to the boat. I’ve found that many times you’ll get the bass’s attention when the Spike-O first falls to the bottom. But then when you pull it up off the bottom and it starts to fall the second time, that’s when the bass will eat it. To keep the bass’s attention when I’m pulling the Spike-O up, I’m shaking the bait. When you shake the bait as you pull it up from the bottom, the Spike-O arches and flexes like a live worm.

Question: What color do you like?
Pinkerton: I really like the Junebug clear Spike-O. I like this bait because on bright sunny days and even on the middle of the day, I can catch those hard-to-get bass using this color.

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Tomorrow: Ribbontail Worm

Check back each day this week for more about "Bass Fishing with Chad Pinkerton"

Day 1: Crazy Color Lures
Day 2: Fire Tiger Jerkbait
Day 3:The Fire Tiger Tube
Day 4:The Spike-O
Day 5: Ribbontail Worm


Entry 368, Day 4