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Spinnerbaits...selecting the right blades

Sometimes selecting a bait is pretty easy.  When buying a crankbait, you find one in a color you like, that runs a certain depth, maybe even has a certain action you want, and you buy it.  If it's a jig you're buying, you look for a certain color and weight and again, you buy that one.  But when it comes to shopping for spinnerbaits, how do you know what blade combination to buy?  They all flash, so it really doesn't matter right? Well, the short answer to that question is...no. 

Selecting the right blades on a spinnerbait can be one of the most important aspects to consider when buying a spinnerbait.  For starters knowing what blades work best under what conditions will get you started in the right direction.  For example willow leaf blades come through vegetation better than colorado blades.  Colorado blades create more vibration more than willow leaf blades do.  Copper blades are a great muddy water colored blade.  You take that information and pair it with how deep you intend to use your spinnerbait, which will allow you to select the proper weight.  So, take a look at where you intend to use your spinnerbait and begin your selection process.  1/4 oz and 3/8 oz are best for shallow water situations.  If you intend to use your spinnerbait around a lot of vegetation, or the water is clear, then double willow leaf blades or a colorado/willow leaf combination would work great.  If you're water is stained or slightly dirty a colorado/willow leaf combination or a double colorado blade set-up will work great. The same goes for when fishing around wood cover.  If the area or water you are fishing in is dirty, then go strictly with a double colorado set-up, this will increase the amount of "thump" the spinnerbait puts off, which in turn will help the bass locate your bait in dirty water.  These are general guidelines on blade selection based on water clarity and cover you are fishing.

Last but not least, what size blades do you select?  When it comes to willow leaf blades, the most common sizes used are #3.5-#5 sized blades.  The whole idea with a willow leaf blade is trying to match the size of the blade to the size of the forage you are trying to imitate.  When selecting colorado blades, the bigger the size of the blade, the more vibration it creates.  The dirtier the water, the more vibration you want.  One last tip is this: Carry extra blades in different styles (colorado, willow, etc.) and sizes so you can change the blades on your existing spinnnerbait to adapt to the current conditions.  This will make the spinnerbaits you have more versatile, and it will help you catch more fish.

Hopefully this gives you a little insight into the world of spinnerbaits, and will help you in selecting the best spinnerbait for the situations you most commonly experience.

Good Luck and Good Fishin'

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