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Make A Spinnerbait for Night Fishing

Make A Spinnerbait for Night FishingNight fishing for bass isn’t as popular as daytime fishing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not effective! Read on to learn how to make a spinnerbait for night fishing that will catch more bass than any other lure you choose to try.

It’s no secret that big bass like to feed after dark, especially during the warmer months. Big bass are easier to fool after dark, since they are less able to detect anything about your lure that shows them that it’s not real.

As you set out to Make A Spinnerbait for Night Fishing, there are a few very important things you can do to make your spinnerbaits catch far more fish than spinnerbaits sold in stores. And that is exactly what we will be discussing in this article.

Bait Sizes

The size of the spinnerbait you throw after dark is one of the biggest factors that will help you catch bigger fish. When you Make A Spinnerbait for Night Fishing, it has to be bulky. It needs to be big enough to create a commotion that will get the attention of a big bass and get that bass to attack it.

The depth of the water you’ll be fishing will also be a factor. Deeper water will require a heavier bait. But it’s important to remember that deep is relative for whatever body of water you’re fishing. So, here’s a rule of thumb for night spinnerbait sizing.

If the water is 6 feet deep or less, a 1/2 oz. bait will be sufficient. If you’re fishing 6-12 feet, bump it up to a 3/4 oz. bait. Water deeper than this will require a 1 oz. bait, preferably with a bit smaller blade than you would use for shallow water. The smaller blade will allow the bait to stay down deeper where it can hug the bottom better.

Bait Color

Big Bass Caught at Night on a SpinnerbaitNight fishing spinnerbaits will almost always work best in dark colors. Black and purple are both good colors. Blades also don’t need to be bright, so there is no need to use bright, shiny blades when you Make A Spinnerbait for Night Fishing.

Brass blades are a great choice for night spinnerbaits because they don’t give off as much shine as the plated blades do. And a brass blade will usually get duller over time, making it more effective in low-light conditions.

Choosing the Right Wire

One of the biggest keys to making a spinnerbait that works well after dark is making sure that it gives off as much vibration as possible. Bass feed at night primarily by vibration, using the lateral line to detect motion and find their prey.

Heavy wire robs a lure of much of its vibration, so lighter wire is best. Stick to wires between .35 and .40 diameter. Keep in mind, also, that R-bend wire is better than the wire with the twisted eye when it comes to allowing the wire to vibrate as much as possible.

Best Blade for Night Fishing

Hammered Colorado BladeThe undisputed king of blades for night fishing is the Colorado blade. A spinnerbait with a single Colorado blade will create far more vibration than any other blade style or combination.

Blades in the size 6 – 8 range will work best, depending the depth you plan on fishing.

1/2 baits will work well with a size 6 or 7, while heavier baits will be better equipped with a size 7 or size 8.

Keep in mind that the depth you’ll be fishing will also come into play when choosing a blade size. Fishing water deeper than 8-10 feet is usually best done with blades in the size 6 or 7 range on a heavy bait. Bigger blades will tend to give the bait too much “lift”, causing it to rise out of the strike zone when retrieved.

Skirt Colors

As with the color of the lure body, the color of your skirt should also be dark. Black, or a combination of Black & Blue or Black & Purple will work well anywhere.

Sometimes it pays to experiment with other secondary colors to mix with the black. Red or blue will also work well.

Just remember that the primary goal of the skirt is to help present a bulky profile, so the darker colors help with creating that look by creating a better silhouette in low-light conditions.

What About The Swivel?

For the swivel, keep it simple. Use only a ball bearing swivel. You’ll want that large Colorado blade to spin easily. The best way to make sure that happens is by using a high-quality swivel that turns as easily as possible.

Putting it All Together

Once you’ve chosen your components and decided on the size of the lure you want to build, it’s time to assemble it all. You can watch the short video below for a quick how-to demo.

Once you’ve put a few of these together, go out and enjoy catching big bass after dark!

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Choosing The Right Blades For Your Spinnerbait

Choosing The Right Blades for Your Spinnerbait

Choosing the right blades for your spinnerbait

TrueImage Flashback Colorado Blades

When it comes to choosing the right blades for your spinnerbait, it can sometimes seem overwhelming.

There are hundreds of different sizes and styles available. When you throw all of the various colors and finishes into the mix, now you’re talking about thousands of possibilities!

Spinnerbaits are one of the most versatile baits that you can make when it comes to catching bass and a multitude of other species. And nobody can argue with the fact that you could throw just about any blades on a spinnerbait and it will catch some fish.

But how do you squeeze the most potential out of your spinnerbait? How do you make it the most effective it can be for specific conditions? It pays big dividends to take the time to understand how different blades can change the way your bait behaves and attracts fish.

Beast Tame Spinnerbait with over-sized blade

Beast Tamer Spinnerbait with over-sized blade

Different styles and blade shapes create different levels of vibration and flash under the water. This can increase or decrease the ability of a fish to find your lure. And all of this is based on water clarity, light conditions, water depth and a host of other factors.

Spinnerbait blade colors and finishes will also change how well a spinnerbait can be seen. Nickel, gold, copper and brass are some of the most popular finishes and they’ve been around long enough to be proven fish catchers.

Painted blades and blades with photographic finishes have emerged onto the market in recent years. They’ve made a pretty big splash in the marketplace, no pun intended. These blades allow the angler to add color or realism to their bait. This sets them apart from the ordinary spinnerbaits fished by the vast majority of anglers.

Sometimes a simple change in blade color can make all the difference in the world and change a slow outing into one that you’ll remember for years to come. Different colors will offer better visibility in varying water clarity.

spinner blade assortment

Spinner blade assortments are a good way to make sure you have plenty of blades to choose from

And then you throw all of the different styles and shapes into the mix. You have Colorado blades, willow leaf blades, Indiana blades, chopper blades, magnum willow blades, serrated willow blades, royal blades, whiptail blades, doc shelton blades and many others. Are you thoroughly confused and bewildered yet?

So how do you take this vast selection and make sense of it? How do you know which blade shape and color will work best on your favorite lake under which conditions? How do you take all of this and digest it and make informed decisions when choosing the right blades for your spinnerbait?

That’s a great question! And it’s one that we’re going to answer for you, right here, right now. We found an awesome video that was put together by tournament angler and pro guide, Curt Snow, that explains the various factors to take into consideration and helps you understand spinnerbait blade selection much better.

Curt explains how blade shape affects the vibration of your bait, as well as the depth a bait will run with the various blade styles. He also discusses water clarity and which blade style and color works best under specific conditions.

So grab a notebook and pencil and enjoy the video, as you get over 20 years worth of angling knowledge packed into one 15 minute video.

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