A correctly fished spinnerbait is hard for a bass to resist. Spinnerbaits have a safety pin-type design. On one side is a weighted head, a large hook and materials such as animal hair and vinyl strips that camouflage the hook. On the other side are one or more blades that spin while the lure cuts through the water. Anglers who know how the blades affect the lure's depth, what colors to use, and some tricks on controlling the spinnerbait have an advantage over the bass they seek.
Bass are attracted to the spinning blades of a spinnerbait. These blades fool the bass into thinking the lure is a baitfish. The width of the blades is important in relation to how deep the angler can fish the lure and how much sound it gives off. The broadest blades, known as Colorado and Indiana blades, keep a spinnerbait higher in the water as the angler reels in. The narrower ones, inline and willow blades, do just the opposite, allowing the spinnerbait to travel at a deeper level. Blades in between, which have names such as Indiana fluted, turtle back and French, will keep the lure at a medium depth. An angler should have an assortment of spinnerbaits at her disposal and choose them based on their blades and how deep in the water she wants to target bass.
In clear bodies of water, the bass angler should stick with blades that have a metallic color such as copper, silver and gold. These colors will "flash" in the water as the angler reels in the lure. Hungry bass will mistake them for small fish. However, when an angler is fishing in stained or murky water, these blades lose some of their effectiveness. The individual should try changing colors to white and purple bladed spinnerbaits for those conditions. These will show up much better in that type of water. When the light is low such as around dawn, dusk or on very overcast days, brighter colors will serve the angler better than metallic ones.
The position of the rod tip contributes mightily to how deep an angler can keep his spinnerbait. Those who want to fish the lure close to the surface will have the rod tip nearly straight up. The rod tip kept low will cause the spinnerbait to run much deeper. One trick that bass fishermen will employ with spinnerbaits involves casting the lure into an area well past good cover for bass. Heavy weeds, downed trees, or sunken brush piles all fit this description. The angler will reel the lure in and as it gets near the cover he will stop reeling for just a couple seconds. The spinnerbait will flutter and falter, often resulting in a strike by a bass.