Three Easy Tips On How To Fish A Spinnerbait


Here’s another way to start strong and even up your game with a few easy fishing tips!

If you are having some trouble with getting bites, or are only beginning to learn the ways of an angler - then it’s time we use the quite basic, but arguably one of the most natural, most reliable and most widely used baits. Let’s learn how to fish a spinnerbait!

It’s a lure every angler must have in the tackle box. And a perfect lure when you’re still trying to learn how to fish. Beginners and Veterans alike always appreciate what a spinnerbait has to offer, and you’ll soon find out why.

We’ll provide some easy tips for you to quickly understand and have a go at how to fish a spinnerbait, every tip has a little info to help you out as well! Enjoy and read on, my fellow fisher friend!

Tip #1 – Knowing How A Spinnerbait Works



Tip number 1 involves understanding how a spinnerbait works. Before we go ahead and cast out, we first should see to it we know at least the basics. Nothing too complicated here, just what you’ll see in a typical spinnerbait sold in the shops.

One of the reasons why spinner baits are so popular is because of its innovative design. A basic spinnerbait is mostly composed of the following parts:

  • Blade – With its mechanism, vibrations are created at varying speeds (Depending on the blade used) that attract predatory fish through hearing and sensing the movement in the water. They can even be painted or colored for high visibility, adding the sense of sight to its attractiveness to fish.
  • Hook – Most spinnerbaits use a single hook, this increases the chances of setting it easy and also makes it less likely to be caught up in weeds or other obstacles.
  • Head – Attached to the wide arm and is made to look like the head of any small aquatic fish. Sometimes painted with vibrant colors to attract.
  • Skirt – Covers the hook and exhibits a motion with the spin to entice the fish. Its fluttering motion helps in calling out “bite me” to potential waiting predators.
  • Tail – Modified to look like prey, and also moves naturally to attract predators
  • Wide arm/Safety pin – May be long or short and is what separates the line from the body of the bait itself. It also helps in facilitating the spin of the blade attached.
  • Line attachment - It’s the part where you attach your line.

For more information about spinnerbait parts, you can check out the link below:

Make sure all the parts are working properly and that all are accounted for before you go out and cast. You can brush up on some info about the different kinds of spinnerbaits if you like.

For other info about other kinds of lures, you can always check out

Tip #2 – Use The Right Fishing Knot / Attaching To Your Line

Now that you’ve known a bit about spinnerbaits let’s go ahead and attach it to your line. We’ll cover how to rig and tie a spinnerbait to ensure it won’t break free, you’ll have less trouble with tangles, and you’ll be able to catch bigger fish!

# Palomar Knot

​The Palomar knot is very basic and probably is the most efficient knot to use on almost any bait. We recommend using this knot for your spinnerbait.

  • Measure the line you’ll use for the tie. Make a “bight” (fold the line together making a loop)
  • Pass the bight right through the eye of your hook. Make sure to wet the line you use for the tie.
  • Tie a simple overhand knot with the bight, pull to tighten but make sure the loop of the bight is large enough to pass through the hook.
  • Pass the loop through the hook and down towards your overhand knot.
  • Wet again for lubrication, and pull to tighten.
  • Cut the excess. Test it out.


# Trilene Knot

The Trilene knot also works and is also formidable considering it’s an alternative to the Palomar and it works excellent on monofilament lines!

  • Measure the line you’ll use for the tie.
  • Pass it through the eye of the hook twice, making a small loop in the process.
  • With the end part, twist and wrap around your line with towards the rod about five to seven times.
  • Pass the end through the loop you made in step 2.
  • Lubricate the line by wetting it, then pull to tighten
  • Cut the excess. Test it out.


One should always know how to use fishing knots and rigs! Practice makes perfect!

Tip #3 – Master The Right Cast And Retrieve

Here’s a great video by Scott Martin in his YouTube channel about his use of spinnerbaits:

After the rig and tie, you’re now ready to cast that baby out and start catching fish! It’s not always going to work in the first few tries, I tell you, what we can do is master how to cast and retrieve your spinnerbait!

# The Right Cast

Sidearm casts are favored over overhand casts here. It ensures great accuracy and is less likely to get snagged in trees and other obstacles.

  • Hold the rod and line you are about to cast firmly and aim for a spot.
  • Aim for places that are under shade or are cooler, darker areas like under trees or under bridges or rocks.
  • Keep the rod low, and rotate it to the side to gain momentum on the weight of your lure
  • With a slight whipping motion, like pretending to whip paint out a brush, shoot the line towards your target.
  • Get ready for your retrieve.

# The Solid Retrieve

You can mix up slow or fast retrieves. Going too fast will not give enough time for the fish to bite and threaten them, going too slow will make it less natural and less enticing.

  • After the cast, start the retrieve slowly, gradually going towards a moderate speed.
  • Make sure the spinning is regular; you can feel and see it, that makes the vibrations more attractive
  • Give it small “pop” by stopping abruptly then retrieving it fast, then back to a moderate speed. It will look as if it jumps underwater and will add to its flashy nature.
  • Alternate speeds but make sure you’re not going too fast or too slow.

Did our quick and easy tips help you out? Don’t forget to like and share! Do you find spinner baits an effective go-to lure? Have you caught your fair share of Big Bass using spinner baits? Put your stories down in the comments below!

Again, don’t forget to fish with a smile! I love to fish, and I love to write! Till next time, bye2!

Rebecca Lily

Hi, everyone! My name’s Rebecca, and I just love to write and to fish! My friends call me “Becca.” I’m 22 years old, single, and am currently residing in New York working at an office. Show more

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