Bass fishing with spinnerbaits is one of the most exciting ways to catch big bass! A spinnerbait is a very productive lure in most conditions.
However, many anglers shy away from them when the weather gets cold. You are about to learn that this doesn’t have to be the case, and you can out fish your friends in cold water using a bait that they will have left out of their tackle box!
Getting The Set Up Right
It is very important to get your set up right when hunting large bass in the cold water. You need a rod with a medium/heavy rod, and a pretty soft tip that will allow you to feel the bait during your retrieve.
For the reel, you will want a 5.1 ratio casting reel. This type of reel will allow you to slow the bait down to the necessary speed to attract the fish from their cover.
For your line, we suggest a heavy braid. Don’t be afraid to get really heavy with your braid. Try something in the 60-65 lb. test range. When it’s really cold, and the water is stained, the added size of the line will not be a factor.
To be sure the line is not a factor, we also suggest getting a 20 lb. test fluorocarbon line, and tying a good two foot leader to your braid. This will ensure that the fish only see your bait, and line becomes even less of a concern.
The blade is the most important part of your bait to understand. When the weather is really cold, we highly suggest a double Indiana blade.
As the weather warms a little, but is still fairly cold, you can move to a tandem blade set up. Go with a small Indiana blade, and a larger willow blade.
When spring time hits, it is the perfect time to go with a double willow blade. Understanding when and where to use these blades will be a key factor in your success catching big fish with spinnerbaits.
Remember now, the water is cold. Bass will not be very active, and they will be relating to structure. Usually, they will be at or near the bottom of the water column, and you need to get your bait in the strike zone and keep it there.
If you have the set up right, and you’ve chosen the right blades for your lure, this will be much easier.
When you are retrieving the bait, you want it so close to the bottom that it kicks up a dirt trail. This will require a slow roll retrieve. Make sure to cast your bait past the piece of cover that you are trying to target. Don’t throw directly on top, as this will spook the fish and keep them from biting.
You also need to be very aware of what is happening with your bait under the surface. Since you are retrieving so slowly, and you are so near the bottom, it is very easy to get hooked up on a stick or other type of cover. When you feel that start to happen, you need to reel just a little faster for a short period of time.
This is why the rod tip sensitivity is so important.