Spinnerbaits have been a regular part of the Australian freshwater fishing scene for over two decades. From their humble beginnings as a tournament-winning tool on bass, to now being used for a range of freshwater icons - sometimes in configurations that resemble coathangers and Christmas trees rather than lures - they have cemented themselves as a stalwart in many anglers’ boxes.
While spinnerbaits may seem fairly simple and straightforward, there are a few subtleties to be aware of that will help you get the most out of each one. Indeed, they may be versatile, but given that we now have spinnerbaits designed with specific species in mind, it pays to familiarise yourself with the components.
Each spinnerbait is made up of a skirt - often made of silicone - or a soft plastic trailer (or both), a hook which joins a weight, and extending from the weight is a wire arm with one or more blades on it. The line is attached to the bend in the wire. Some spinnerbaits have multiple arms, which creates more commotion in the water, and are particularly effective on aggressive species like Murray cod.
One great thing about spinnerbaits is how well they lend themselves to modification. Skirts can be swapped, blades can be changed out for ones of different shapes, and extra hooks can be added to increase hook-up potential. Gamakatsu actually makes a hook - Gamakatsu Spinnerbait Trailer Hooks - specifically to be fished on the rear of a spinnerbait! They even come with special tubing to hold the hook in place!
However and wherever you choose to fish with spinnerbaits, remember that there is a range of spinnerbaits and spinnerbait accessories to ensure you get the most out of your fishing. With so much on offer, it pays to do your own experimenting and find out what works best in your area.
Whether you’re flicking small compact model into a snaggy creek for bass in southern Queensland, or lobbing an oversize christmas tree with hooks into Lake Mulwala in Victoria, understanding the componentry and subtleties of these lures will catch you more fish!
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