-Spinnerbaits for Autumn
-Blade Choices and Retrieve Secrets
By Gord Pyzer
Selecting a spinnerbait with the right size, shape and color of blades is also key. Wide-cupped Colorado blades grab too much water, as do intermediate-width Indiana- and French-style blades, slowing down the speed at which you can wind in the lure. Instead, the spinnerbait must be equipped with thin willow leaf blades (below). They allow for a fast retrieve, and rotate in a much tighter arc to produce more flash.
When water conditions are clear and the sky is cloudless, VanDam favors a combination of silver- and gold-colored blades. When conditions are overcast, cloudy or raining, on the other hand, he opts for painted blades in hues matching the color of the baitfish. According to VanDam, painted blades provide the perfect silhouette. The skirts on his big-profile spinnerbaits, meanwhile, are generally blends of white, clear, chartreuse and blue that complement the color of his blades.
Finally, VanDam always tips his spinnerbait with a short, sharp, free-swinging 1/0 to 3/0 stinger hook, depending on the
size of the lure. This helps catch smallmouth that rocket up from the bottom and slap at the bait. On many days, he catches a quarter or more of his fish on the stinger.
With light-line finesse tactics and ultra-realistic lures all the rage these days, it’s remarkable that this four-time Bassmaster Classic winner still reaches for a spinnerbait. In fact, there’s rarely a time in the fall—especially when the water’s at least moderately clear—that VanDam won’t fling a spinnerbait for toad smallies. And this raises the question: Why would savvy smallmouth go crackers over a lure that, at first glance, looks like nothing in nature? Understand that, and you’ll soon be catching plenty of big smallmouth bass, too.
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