Spinner Rigging Revisited Again and Again and Again

Daniel C. Nielsen   Thursday, November 17, 2005 9:03 PM

Standard Spinner rigs employ blade sizes ranging from #1-#3 Colorado or Indiana blades, 4-5 BB shized beads. Only the hooks differ for bait type a 1/0 Aberdeen for minnows, 2 #4 short shanked snell hooks placed 2 inches apart for crawlers and a single #8 or #6 hook for leeches.

Bigger blades produce more thumps and are easier to locate in dark or cloudy water. #3-#6’s

Bottom Bouncers produce a stutter step action that forms the basis and foundation for the unpredictable speed and nature of the system. Lower speeds are necessary or this action is lost.

3 way rigs are another option to troll faster-3/4 mph to 1mph-with a 2 oz bell sinker, but in order to use 3 ways effectively demands a more vertical approach. The line can not be more than a 45 degree angle from your rod tip. If it is, then bottom bouncers should be used instead.

Bigger blades require more speed-.8 to 1.5 mph. This method should be used to contact more fish quickly. Silver and gold colors are best for bigger blades.

The higher the fish are off bottom, the more aggressive they are.

Heavier Lindy rigs can be used in place of 3 way or bottom bouncer rigs if fish are hugging bottom or the bottom is flat or sandy.

Target:/White bass and smallmouth

Check out the possibility of using smaller minnow colored Slug-go’s and other stickbaits for applications with or for white bass in the heavy current areas, the spillway, and the Nebraska side boat dock. Odds are these baits aren’t utilized enough for whites to become conditioned to and could be beneficial in catching a whole mess of them when the other standard methods fail.

Inherent problems. Casting far enough with little weight to place the bait in front of the bass. Positioning is the key, the bait will take care of the rest. Split shot are out because they’ll effect the baits neutral action detrimentally. Possibly a little wire wrapped around the mid shank of the hook?

Use lighter line. 6lb test should be sufficient to get the plastic bait out farther than 8 lb test. Longer rods are essential as well. Use the 7 footer with the new spirex over the fourth, or buy the combo advertised in Cabela’s for lighter weight applications.

A dual rig might be unique enough and add the extra weight. Experimentation is the only way to resolve this issue. See how well one works before trying two. Extra long snells would be the key here. We’re talking a foot or more.

This same snell setup might also be killer with livebait like shiners. See the diagram below for instructions on how to tie the snell knot. This could be a killer application for rekindling dying or intermittent bites. Smaller metallic spinners ahead of the snells might make for an interesting presentation as well.

A different setup might be a very light single hook wire spinner. An angler might be able to use a regular walleye bait harness with matching color grubs to take larger whites at night.

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