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Spinnerbait Vs Bladed Jigs: When You Should Throw Each Bait

Spinnerbait Vs Bladed Jigs: When You Should Throw Each Bait

Spinnerbait vs bladed jigs. As you arrive at the serene lake, your eyes immediately capture the sight of shallow water shimmering under the sun's gentle rays. A sense of excitement courses through you as you spot some intriguing wood cover nearby, along with a promising stretch of docks nestled amidst the slightly murky waters. Now, the question arises: which approach should you employ, how will you strategically present your baits, and when is the ideal moment to cast each lure?

When To Throw A Spinnerbait

A spinnerbait is a versatile lure equipped with a lead head that boasts 1 or 2 blades, typically available in either willow or Colorado style. The Colorado blades are particularly known for their robust vibration or "thump" effect, adding an extra level of attraction. Adorned with a skirt, which Ben suggests imitating a baitfish, this spinnerbait is a favorite choice. To maximize your chances of success, it's advisable to incorporate a trailer hook to minimize missed opportunities. The optimal conditions for deploying a spinnerbait are characterized by muddy water accompanied by a gusty wind blowing into it. Whether you find yourself fishing along seawalls, rip rap, or near a laydown structure, when the wind propels the baitfish towards these areas, the spinnerbait reigns supreme. Keep an eye out for situations where bass have trapped shad in such locations or any isolated cover, and be sure to cast your spinnerbait precisely there for optimal results.

When To Throw A Bladed Jig

Bladed jigs, also known as a "vibrating jig," or a "Chatterbait", features a distinctive design consisting of a single blade directly fused to the head using a split-ring attachment. Unlike the adjacent blades of a spinnerbait, this single hexagonal blade creates a unique action. When retrieved, the blade on a Chatterbait produces a rapid and consistent churn, generating a humming vibration beneath the water's surface, in contrast to the pronounced thumping sound of a spinnerbait.

One key difference between the spinnerbait and the chatterbait lies in their performance in grassy areas. The chatterbait shines brightly when used in and around grass. During the prespawn stage, when bass are more likely to be nestled amidst vegetation, the chatterbait's ability to navigate through the grass with ease makes it a dream lure for those who favor this particular style.

So, there you have it, some awesome tips and tricks for using spinnerbaits and chatterbaits.

Updated June 6th, 2023 at 9:29 AM CT