Spin Fishing Tips for Kurper & Bass
by Henry de Beer
There are a group of lures that has been around for a long time and without much fanfare, continues to be one of the most productive lures to catch just about anything that swims - the In-Line Spinner.
In-Line Spinners refer to a family of fishing lures that have a metal blade that rotates around a straight wire using a clevis, with a weight on the wire to make the spinner heavy enough to cast.
When the lure is in motion the blade spins creating varying degrees of flash and vibration that mimics small fish. Fish can see the flash of the revolving blade in clear or stained water and in dark or murky water they will use their lateral-line to feel the vibration from the turning blade.
There are countless blade finishes, colours and combinations for spinners today on the market, the most common are metallic hues with silver, bronze, gold and copper which provide a flash to sight-feeding predators in clear or stained water. Painted blades flash less but create more underwater contrast. They can be particularly effective during low-light conditions or in murkier water.
Tying materials, for example a buck tail, to the tail of a spinner adds a realistic appearance and increases the profile of the lure as it swims through the water. The dressed tail also provides lift and resistance enabling the angler to retrieve the lure at a slower rate.
In-Line Spinners are easy to use, and most fish, including bass and Kurper, love them.
All that is needed is to cast it out, and to retrieve it just fast enough to rotate the blade. They will catch fish with a simple straight retrieve, and when a fish strikes a spinner it will usually hook itself.
A spinner is also the best lure to use when introducing a youngster, or beginner, to lure fishing. When that first, heart-stopping strike on a spinner is experienced, you can be sure that the youngster will be hooked for life. It’s a spectacular sight and feeling to suddenly realize that, what at first was thought to be a snagged spinner, is actually a fish fighting at the end of the line.
Tackle needed for fishing with spinners is a 6-7’ light to medium action rod with a spinning or closed-face reel, and 6-10lb line.
Cast the spinner out and keep the tip of the rod down, close to the water surface so that the spinner is kept in the water as long as possible. Retrieve the spinner just fast enough to keep the blade rotating. When the blade is rotating as it should, you will feel, and see, the action on the rod tip.
By lowering or lifting the rod tip, or by moving it from side to side, or in a figure of eight pattern, more action can be applied to the spinner. If the spinner should become snagged, the tip action will cease. Regard every jolt or bump on the spinner as a potential strike, so set the hook immediately.
Spinners are deadly in open water and allow you to cover a lot of water very quickly, but resist the temptation to work them at speed all the time.
Slow rolling spinners along the edges of drop-offs, next to weed lines and in and around sunken trees and bushes are always a good tactic, as well as casting them parallel to jetties, boat houses and beds of lily pads.
Spinners are very effective in shallow cover or structure.
Fan-cast points and shoals, parallel weed edges and spin them over submerged grass, open pockets within weed beds and shallow weed tops.
Anyone who has fished a spinner knows line twist can be a problem.
It’s not the best option but you can get around that by using a small ball bearing snap swivel; or tie the spinner to a 30cm to 60cm leader tied to a ball bearing swivel.
You can also bend the steel spinner shaft upward at a 45-degree angle, so the spinner body can't spin.
Personally I don't like to use swivels. They can and do impair spinner action, thus I prefer to tie spinners directly onto my main line, without swivels, and then I use a 20g Gardner Spin Doctor to Remove any Line Twist that may occur.
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About the Author:Henry de Beer is at present a full time writer for the Henkor Website.
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