Spring Spinnerbait Fishing Tips and Tricks From Shallow To Deep

Spring is your best shot of the year to catch a GIANT bass on a spinnerbait! Ponds, creeks, lakes, reservoirs, it doesn’t matter… bass are moving shallow, they’re getting in the cover, and they’re susceptible to the flash and movement of a well-placed spinnerbait.

If you could only own one spinnerbait in one color to have your best shot at catching fish on ANY lake, anywhere in the country, I would choose this one…
Revenge Deep Runner, Double Nickel Blades, Blue Shad Color, 1/2 oz Size: http://bit.ly/2oSfWd6

As you branch out and adapt to changing conditions you will need more baits in more colors and blade combinations. 1/2 ounce is by far the most universal spinnerbait. If there is ever a doubt, go 1/2 oz. Its heavy enough to pair with any trailer and light enough to still be fished shallow if speed is adjusted.
If you intend to focus shallow all the time 3/8 is your best size but be prepared to use a 3 1/2 to 4″ swimbait trailer instead of a 4-5″ swimbait trailer.
On the other hand if you intend to fish deep (Greater than 15 feet), or in current, or if you intent to burn the bait, 3/4 ounce is the best size for you. The beauty of 3/4 is that it can be burned mid range or slow rolled as deep as 30-40 feet.
The only other consideration is night fishing. We really didn’t talk about night fishing in this video but if you intend to fish primarily at night I recommend a larger hook (Revenge Heavy Duty, see below) and sizes 3/4 or 1 1/4 oz so that you are no struggling to maintain “feel” in the dark. The heavier blade gives great feedback on bottom and will keep you “connected” to your bait, despite not being able to see.

Here are the baits…

Bluegill Imitating Spinnerbaits…
Revenge Double Willow (Bluegill): http://bit.ly/2bwYnaP
War Eagle Gold (Sun Perch or Watermelon): http://bit.ly/2BdFBlu
Revenge Heavy Duty (Bluegill): http://bit.ly/2b7GBrs

Favorite Chartreuse Spinnerbaits…
River2Sea Bling (Flow and I know It): http://bit.ly/2diSwqq
Revenge Deep Runner (White Chart with Double Nickel or Chart/White blades): http://bit.ly/2oSfWd6
War Eagle Gold Spinnerbait (White/Lime/Chart): http://bit.ly/2BdFBlu

Favorite White/Silver Spinnerbaits…
River2Sea Bling (Abalone Shad, Powder): http://bit.ly/2diSwqq
Revenge Deep Runner (Blue Shad, Shad, White): http://bit.ly/2oSfWd6
War Eagle Screamin’ Eagle (Aurora, Green Shad, Mouse): http://bit.ly/2w5zoor

Favorite Gold Spinnerbaits…
Revenge Deep Runner (Golden Shiner): http://bit.ly/2oSfWd6
War Eagle Gold (Golden Shiner): http://bit.ly/2BdFBlu

Night Spinnerbaits…
Revenge Heavy Duty Double Willow (White Chart/Bluegill): http://bit.ly/2b7GBrs
Revenge Double Colorado (Black Widow, White, White/Chart): http://bit.ly/2E4durB

Spare Blades…
Revenge Replacement blades: http://bit.ly/2nLM6li
Recommend stocking sizes 4, 4.5, and 5 in Nickel, Gold, and White. Keep in mind size 5 is the largest so if you do not typically imitate bluegill or fish in extremely stained water, this will be your least used size.

Spinnerbait Accessories…
Keitech Fat Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
3/8 ounce spinnerbaits use 3.8 size, 1/2 ounce use 4.3, and 3/4 ounce or larger use 4.8

Traditional Zoom Split Tail Trailer: http://bit.ly/2nL3wAd
Salad Spoon: http://bit.ly/2bpGBEK
Trailer Hook (3/0 Size): http://bit.ly/2E3k2q7

Budget Combo for spinnerbaits…
Rod- Fury 7′ Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano Casitas: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

High-End Combo for Spinnerbaits…
Rod- GLX 843: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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BassGeek says:

Hey guys great info a usually. I love a spinner bait. I fish the shiz out of those things when they are shallow. I love a 1oz to a 1 1/4oz out on these steep highland reservoirs. You can toss it up shallow by a laydown and contour the steep drop all the way down to 30ft or more.

Steve Kurtz says:

What a great tutorial!

331slash says:

well done vid

Giovanny Medina says:

Great video guys! What is your preferred gear ratio for Spinnerbaits?

Rich Pena says:

Very helpful info!

Randy Nunez says:

I don’t have the luxury of fishing everyday or even every weekend. I have to pick, choose and apply all of your tips at once sometimes if that makes sense. Awesome vids and tips, keep em coming!


Great info thanks!

peter yang says:

would you say a chatterbait would work just as well as a spinnerbait this time of year?

tridoug77 says:

Great info here. What’s your preferred knot when tying to a spinnerbait?

Sadboyfishing says:

This video got me PUMPED

Marco Caetano says:

Spinnerbaits are one of my favorite baits. My PB (5lbs) came on a spinnerbait in a cold day in January 29th, 2002. Caught it near a drop off in clear water, near some weeds. In the same year, in a hot day in August 5th I caught a 4,57lb which at that time was my 2nd biggest bass (it still is my 3rd biggest bass ever) on the same spinnerbait. The fish was caught in stained water on a rip rap dam. It was under an overhanging tree. The fish was in the shade. Two nice fish in completely different conditions and times of year. The spinnerbait had a chartreuse head and red and gold skirt and 2 colorado silver hammered blades. Also put a chartreuse soft plastic frog as the trailer. Since then never caught a spinnerbait bass close to that size… Maybe it’s because I stopped using red skirted spinnerbaits and colorado blades? There are a lot of red crawdads in these lakes. I catch spinnerbait fish all year long, but usually 1 to 3lb fish now…

BradleyBassin says:

What size blades come stock on the Revenge Deep Runner?

Richie Guess says:

You guys have the best content. Keep it up guys! Best channel on YouTube

Urban Bass Slayers Sacramento CA Bass Fishing. says:

This is the one Bait working for us right now. My buddy started hand making them , so we have all the options now. The Double Willow that clanks the blades together is working good for us in Murky pond water. It all makes sense after this breakdown! I feel like we are learning, because this is what we are throwing right now, and with Keitech Trailers! Thanks again Matt!

Jorne Lindberg says:

or just add a split shot and make it 3/4

SofaKing's StupidFishing says:

What pound line should I use for burning a 1/8 oz through shallow seagrass(not kelp)? I know it’s small, but I’m after rockfish mostly.

Fish Hunter Team says:

nice video and nice channel.
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Richard Lovett says:

Thanks for the information Matt

Thurminator Fishing says:

Love these videos and how you link all your accessories below, makes it very easy!

Jamie Brown says:

I use a spinner bat most of the year in Georgia it’s a go to

Old Lady Angler says:

This was just the video I needed to see! The big bass are really hitting spinnerbaits here in central florida (at the dam) Thanks!

VolunteerBassin !!! says:

I’m a huge spinnerbait Angler. I agree with springtime use but I’ve also got a lot of quality bass using then in the summertime. I keep a spinnerbait on year round. My summertime tactic of fishing submerged grass beds running a spinnerbait down just above the grass or slightly in the grass has gotten me some big summertime bass.

LilAznFishinDude says:

Any tips on hanging up less in hair algae?

Fritz Schoch says:

Great video, verifies that I’ve been doing it right all along at least when it comes to spinner baits. Gotta show my dad the link where the watermelon colored War Eagle is one of Matt’s favorite bluegill imitations because he gave me A LOT of shit for putting that color in the basket when we were shopping together at Bass Pro last spring. Oh yeah, smug face is smug.

Gavin Boggs says:

Hey Matt, do you recommend flouro or braid for spinnerbaits?

Victor Papaiz says:

I’m curious as to what you mean by the difference between vibration and sound in regards to fish. Fish don’t actually have a sense of sound; they have neuromast cells, mainly along their lateral lines, that detect vibrations in the water. Now sound and vibrations are one in the same to the neuromasts, though they travel through the water at different frequencies. Now the range of frequencies that can be detected by the cells is well argued and some research suggests that some of higher frequency wavelengths, such as the sounds emitted by Livingston lures and some hydrowave settings aren’t even detectable by certain species, but that’s a seperate argument. There’s definitely a case to be made that sometimes higher frequency wavelengths, such as those we preceive as sound, and lower frequency wavelengths, like vibrations, can serve different purposes in elliciting fish responses, though… Whats your opion on the difference?

Ifnotforgrace316 says:

Great video, I’m just curious, I hear a lot of times people on the same body of water but at different times say the fish are keying in on different bait at different times, like one week crawfish next week Shad. Other then catching those fish and seeing if they spit something up in the live well, how do you figure out what they are feeding on? Thanks for your help you have no idea how you guys have helped my fishing.

Nick Heyd says:

White with little blue killed em. Black w red and hammered Colorado hold blade

Mike Kane says:

Hey guys can you still put a trailer hook on even with a swimbait trailer?

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