Using The Classic Inline Spinner For Bass

The inline spinner for bass is a classic technique that still helps produce fish today. It has happened to nearly every angler who has ever flung a spinnerbait.

Bass just smash their spinnerbait on nearly every cast and then the next day the fish totally ignore the blade bait. You can downsize your spinnerbait to draw strikes from these turned-off fish, but sometimes the smaller spinnerbait also fails.

Inline Spinner For Bass

Inline Spinner For Bass

If you really enjoy cranking blade baits for bass, there is still one more step you can try before resorting to jigs or tube baits. So when bass have seen plenty of big or medium size spinnerbaits try a finesse presentation with an inline spinner.

This blade bait with the spinner attached on the main body trailed by a treble hook is a smaller profile lure that can be used to match the size of baitfish. It is a versatile lure that can be used any time of the day and is especially effective during a cold front because you can work it slow to keep it in the strike zone longer and it still generates enough vibration to trigger strikes from lethargic bass.

Inline Spinner For Bass In Open Water

Inline Spinner For Bass

Inline spinners are great for fishing in open water, but even though the lure has treble hooks you can still work it close to shallow wood cover. When bass move to the shallows in the fall, you can fan cast the lure in open water to catch the most active fish and then slow down your presentation to work the blade bait close to cover. You can throw inline spinners alongside timber and brush to catch bass waiting to ambush any bait that swims near the cover.

An inline spinner is also ideal in the fall when you find minnows congregated in major bays of a lake. Since bass are usually more active in the fall, you can buzz the inline spinner over the top of brush piles or other submerged cover. Retrieve the lure fast enough so that the blade leaves a ripple on the surface.

Inline Spinner For Bass Equipment

Inline Spinner For Bass

Spinning gear usually works best for finesse fishing with an inline spinner, but you need a rod with enough backbone for fighting heavyweight bass and a fast tip to help you detect strikes. Throw the blade bait on a medium-heavy spinning rod and spinning reel spooled with 8- or 10-pound monofilament. When fishing around cover, you can throw the inline spinner with a medium action casting rod and baitcast reel filled with 10- to 12-pound monofilament.