Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Fall 2014, Page 28

Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Fall 2014, Page 28


little shorter than most might use for a spinnerbait, but Scroggins said the length allows him to make long,

accurate casts.

IN-BETWEEN SPOTS: “I fish a lot of

shallow, dense cover, where I’m usually

flipping or punching soft plastics. In between

these weed mats, you’ll often find laydown

and logs, so I like to have a spinnerbait handy for this isolated wood,” he said. “You just put the trolling motor on high and keep moving through the area. You make a few casts as you pass by the wood and every now and then you get a bite. If you can pick up two to three extra fish in the course of a day; that can make a big difference.”

Arming himself with the same outfit he’d use for a shad spawn, Sroggins favors a 3/8-ounce Booyah spinnerbait with a Colorado blade and a willow leaf blade. He said he can slow roll this bait and keep it above any vegetation.

“The combination of blade styles gives me a good mix of vibration and flash,” Scroggins said. “In water with good visibility I like silver blades, but in slightly stained water, I go with gold


and nickel blades. When the water is really stained, I go all gold.”


Now, blade size, style and color varies greatly among spinnerbait fans, but there’s also plenty of room for discussion on the other end of the bait. Although a demure grub or maybe a little split tail or curly tail job, is the common choice for spinnerbait trailers, don’t hesitate to put some junk in the trunk. It’s not an everyday strategy, but bulking up the bait’s backside occasionally bears benefit. Consider these points:

PROFILE: Big fish prefer one big meal over chasing hundreds of tiny nibblets, so a larger spinnerbait profile can get you those game-changing bites.

DISPLACEMENT: In dim, murky or otherwise low visibility, a big tail pushes more water and gives fish more of a target to locate.

MOTION: Swimbaits, ribbontail worms, full size

brush hogs – oversized trailers with specific

tail movement add even more “life” to a


COLOR: Trailers offer a quick route to

color enhancement and

when you really need to

get noticed, the ability to

dress up your spinnerbait’s

visage can prove invaluable

– especially in dirty water.

(Dip that big trailer’s tail

in chartreuse dye and

you’ll add another level of


Bear in mind that larger

trailers affect fall rates. That

can work for you or against

you, depending on what

you’re trying to accomplish.

Also, the drag of a larger

trailer limits your ability to

burn a spinnerbait.