Part one of this series began an examination of a rather strange looking but extremely versatile lure, the safety-pin style spinnerbait. I stated the reason for its versatility is because it can be fished fast or slow, shallow or deep, brushy or open water, muddy or clear water, cold or hot water, and as a search or target bait.

Spinnerbaits are also versatile because the blades and the skirts can be changed in the field to match specific fishing condition. This article focuses on blades and their application theory. The three most common blades are Colorado, Willow Leaf, and Indiana.

  • The Colorado  BladeColorado blade is a rounded fat teardrop shape with a deep cup. This shape moves (displaces) the most water when retrieved. Since it displaces the most water, it creates the most resistance (drag) when retrieval and falls the slowest. The fat shape also creates the most noise and vibration.

Application theory: This blade is more commonly used in murkier water where bass rely more on vibrations than sight. It is also a very effective cold water blade because of it slower fall and retrieval rate, appealing to lethargic bass.

  • The Willow Leaf blade gets its name from the shape of leaves on willow trees. It is the Willow leafe  Bladenarrowest of the three shapes (mostly pointed on both ends and bulging in the middle) and has a shallow cup. This shape displaces the least amount of water, thus making the least amount of noise and vibrations. Since it moves the least water, it has the least resistance, falls the fastest and can be retrieved the fastest.

Application theory: Use this blade is clear water where bass rely heavily on sight and reaction strikes. The willow leaf blade more closely resemble baitfish because of its fast spinning flash.

  • Colorado  BladeThe Indiana blade is an elongated teardrop shape with a moderate cup. Since its shape moderates the two extremes, its characteristics also fall between the extremes.

Application theory: This is a good all around blade but probably performs best in off-colored (stained) water and on very cloudy days in clear water.

All three bade shapes can be purchased in silver, gold, copper, white, black, chartreuse and many other colors. Some spinnerbaits only have one blade while others have two or more blades. When multiple blades are used, the blade colors can be the same color and shape or mixed in any combination.

I generally fish single silver Colorado blades in cold clear water. Double bladed (Indiana and willow leaf) spinnerbaits are my go to the remainder of the year. Generally one blade is gold and the other silver. I believe that staying simple, correctly identifying the condition, and applying the basic application theory will give you a excellent opportunity to catch quality bass. To be continued.

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