Spinner bait are one of my favorite baits to use year round for green bass. I usually have one tied on at all times whenever I’m beating the bank or on a boat. My first time seeing how effective they were was when I started to fish again. Not knowing what I was doing, I used a crappie spinner combined with a 5” grub to see what it actually does. Upon my third cast and retrieve, I had two bass chase down the spinner but didn’t commit. From that point on I had a lot of confidence in them.
My first bass wasn’t anything short of disappointing either. I was throwing a fire tiger 3/8oz blade with a chrt/pepper trailer in February. I got lot of feed back from folks telling me I won’t get anything since it was cold out and the water was far from clear. I was working some riprap with some fallen trees around. The take wasn’t anything mind blowing, just felt my rod loading up before I saw it surface. A healthy 6lb bass inhaled it. This told me I can catch fish year round as long as I’m fishing in the right areas.
my best day, I couldn’t keep the bass off the thing. Bent three lures and didn’t have any extra. My favorite color is now chrt shad with double willow blades. I prefer to fish them shallow around ambush points/drop offs.
The funny thing is, i don’t like to throw spinnerbaits in the salt that much. I could never find the right conditions to fish them in, or I have other things I have more confidence in to find fish. My first salt water bass was on a reebs spinner bait I got from a raffle at one of our get togethers. I was throwing them next to dock pilings around eel grass beds at Newport. It was a 17” sand bass that gave a terrific fight, but I haven’t caught anything since. Maybe this year I’ll throw them more often to work areas faster? But if you haven’t thrown one, I suggest you do so. Sometimes they are really hard to beat.