Dress for Success
Volumes have been written about dressing for success in the business world. But did you know that dressing your spinnerbait is a significant factor in fishing for success?

I stated, in the first article that one reason for the safety-pin spinnerbaits’ versatility is the ability to in change skirts in the field to match the specific fishing condition. The second article focused on the three most common blades (Colorado, Willow Leaf, and Indiana) and applications to match the various conditions.

This, the third article, studies skirts. (Gentlemen, telling your significant-other that you’re learning how to dress for success will evoke a much different emotion than telling her your studying skirts!) Women’s skirts are designed to flatter her figure and entice the on-looker to notice her, but when fishing the goal is to be notice and enticed to a point of striking.

Skirt Material and Styles
Spinnerbait skirts are usually purchased readymade but some folks prefer to hand make their own. Readymade silicone skirts are easily modified on and off the water. Silicone material is used more than other type materials because they pulsates very freely in the water and the strands do not stick together like some materials.

Notice the difference between the two skirts styles shown below. The Terminator’s skirts (left) and the Bass Pro skirt (middle) do not have extending strands. Whereas, the Strike King’s skirt (right) does have some longer strands. The purpose of Strike King’s Magic Tail is to create a look similar to adding a soft plastic trailer. Both styles add enticement in the right situation.

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Trailers Tails
Trailers are either soft plastics or pork strips. Because pork dries out quickly in hot dry weather, more anglers now use soft plastics. Trailers are attached to the hook and protrude beyond the skirt. They vibrate and pulsate when being retrieved or falling. Left is Zoom's Split Tail and right is Zoom's Ultrvibe Chunk

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Trailer Hooks
Trailer hooks have an oversize eye to the hook can be placed over the spinnerbait’s hook. Although there are several ways of keeping the hook in place, I use surgical tubing. I insert the trailer hook’s eye into a small length of tubing and then push the tubing and eye (point up) down on the spinnerbait’s hook. I like this method because it holds the trailer hook in an upright position and minimizes snagging. Don’t ever underestimate the extra fish catching ability of sharp high quality hooks, like this Owner's SpinnerbaIt Hook.

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These are some application theories to remember and apply.

Clear water:Use skirts with shad color strands in clear, white, silver, light blues and scaly combinations. Note: the clearer the water the smaller the visual profile should be. Reducing the number of stands minimizes the visual profile. This is accomplished by cutting off or plucking out strands slightly beyond the end of the hook. It may be necessary to remove a dozen or more strands in extremely clear water. Having a few longer strands is generally more effective than attaching a trailer.

Varying levels of stain:The reverse is true as the water deceases in visibility. As visibility decreases, bass need more lateral clues (vibrations) to locate the lure. Therefore, longer bulker skirts with solid orange, blue, white, chartreuse and olive color combinations increases success. Adding trailers is also a good idea.

If you want to make your own skirts, Do-It's Jig Skirt Kit (below) is a good silicone skirt kit to get you started. Just remember, whether you use readymade or handmade skirts, dress your spinnerbait for success and go catch some bass. To be continued.

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Please feel free to write comments, or ask questions. To schedule a professionally guided fishing experience in Central to South Texas, please contact me.

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Barry Dodd
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