Spinner baits are an extremely effective lure used to catch a wide variety of game fish species. Trout, large mouth bass, small mouth bass, crappie, flounder and spot are just a few species that will hit a spinner. Available from various manufacturers, spinners are produced in sizes ranging from 1/32 oz. to lures over 1 oz. and are made in a variety of fish-attracting colors. The materials used to construct the spinners may vary; however, the basic components vary only slightly from one type of spinner to another.
The blade of a spinner is attached to a clevis that holds the blade in place and allows it to rotate around the metal wire of the spinner bait. Spinner blades are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Choosing a blade design often comes down to personal preference; however, conditions and fish species also play a role in blade selection. Blades are available in Colorado, Indiana, willow, propeller, French and other shapes. Blade sizes run from 1/2 inch up to 4 inches in length and may be gold, silver, copper or painted to match various bait fish species.
The body of a spinner is essentially used to separate the blade from the hook, provide a flash of attracting color, and add weight. The weight of a lure is largely determined by the type of material used for the body. Metal, plastic, lead and glass are some of the materials used to make spinner bodies. There are essentially two types of bodies, including attracting and fixed weight. Attracting bodies may feature a bullet-shaped cone or series of beads that rotate around the lure wire and produce a clacking noise to attract fish. Different types of beads are used, including glass, plastic, ceramic and metal. Fixed bodies may be made of metal, lead or plastic and feature a variety of paint schemes to resemble bait fish.
Spinner baits typically have either a treble hook or single hook setup. The hook may be attached directly to the spinner wire or may be attached by means of a small splint ring. Hook size varies but is usually in proportion to the spinner itself. Single hooks are typically long-shank spinner hooks, and treble hooks are a standard short shank.
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.