John's Journal... Entry 207, Day 1
SPINNER-BAIT TRICKS AND TACTICS OF THE PROS
Spinner Bait Versatility and Denny Brauer
EDITOR'S NOTE: According to professional bass angler Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Arkansas, the spinner bait has won more national bass tournaments and more big-bass awards than any other lure in all the anglers' tackle boxes. "More professional anglers fish the spinner bait than any other big-bass bait on the tournament circuit."
The spinner bait is more versatile than most other lures
in a tackle box. The spinner bait ...
In dirty water during the fall, Denny Brauer will use a spinner bait with either a big Colorado or an Indiana blade. "Those big blades will disturb a lot of water, and you can fish them slowly. When the temperature starts to cool down to the 50- to 60-degree range in the fall, you can't beat the effectiveness of the spinner bait, especially in off-color water. When I spot baitfish schooling on the surface in the fall, I'll downsize the blades on my bait. I'll reel the spinner bait really fast until it reaches the baitfish. Then I'll kill it, letting it free-fall through the schools of baitfish.
"In the early spring when the water warms up, I'll fish a spinner bait fast. If I'm fishing around grass, I'll use a 3/4-ounce Strike King spinner bait with a single No. 5 willow-leaf blade to come across the grass. I'll pause the bait and let it fall through the holes in the grass to the bass."
TOMORROW: GEORGE COCHRAN AND CHRIS DAVES