How to Tie a Spinner Bait

How to Tie a Spinner Bait
The basic setup of a fishing rod, reel and line may be intimidating to some people, especially those who are new to the sport. An important part of any fishing setup involves the attachment of terminal gear such as hooks, sinkers, swivels and lures. One such lure is the spinner bait. These are popular and used by a wide range of anglers, especially those fishing for largemouth bass. Tying a spinner bait to a fishing line is a simple process requiring only a few steps and a short amount of time.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament or similar fishing line
  • Snips
Step 1
Attach the spinner bait to the line with an improved clinch knot. Begin forming the knot by passing 5 to 6 inches of the free, or tag, end of your fishing line through the eye of the spinner bait.
Step 2
Wrap the tag end around the main line for six to seven turns. Begin forming the turns near the eye of the lure and work up the line.
Step 3
Pull the tag end of the line down and pass it through the small eye, formed with the line, just above the eye of the spinner bait. Do not pull the knot down tight at this time.
Step 4
Pass the tag end through the larger loop formed to the side of the knot. This loop was formed when the line was pulled down and passed through the small loop just above the eye.
Step 5
Moisten the knot with a small amount of water and pull the knot down tightly with the main line and tag end. Use a pair of snips to trim excess line from the tag end of the knot.

Tips & Warnings

Moistening the knot is important as this lubricates the knot and allows it to be tighly pulled down to secure the lure.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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