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BladeíN with Blake

Heavy Weight Spinner Baiting
By: Blake Ellison

Well guess what bass anglers?? Summertime has arrived full fledge, and with it has come some fantastic bass fishing.  I know what youíre thinking; black bass schooling action doesnít happen around here so just relax.  Ok, maybe on McGee Creek or Lake Fork, but unless youíre after sandies itís just not in the realm of the lakes in the northeastern part of the state. 

Iím here to tell you about a technique that will work on Grand, Hudson, Gibson, and Eufaula.  Oh yeah, and it involves a spinner bait, and deep water structure. Nope, I havenít lost my mind though it mat sound like it.  But, once the dog days of summer arrive, the bass start moving off the banks and you had better be prepared to find those summer time hogs of the depths.

My most productive times on the water in the summer are when I back off the banks and work for those healthier harder to reach bass.  I begin my search with a spinnerbait. Particularly large spinnerbaits that range from ĺ of an ounce all the way up to 1 Ĺ ounce baits.  

The main consideration when selecting the size is the depth youíre fishing.  A ĺ ounce spinnerbait is plenty when working around the ten to twelve foot depth range, but if you back out to twelve to twenty itís better to use a one ounce spinner bait so it can be kept at a steady pace.  When going deeper than twenty feet a 1 Ĺ ounce spinner bait seems to work better.  When taking in consideration the skirt color, remember there is less light the deeper you fish, so brighter colors often out produce more subtle patterns.  The best way to simplify the selection is to stick with two main colors, a white skirt or a white and chartreuse skirt.  My best blade combinations are either a single Colorado blade or a tandem willow leaf.  The Coloradoís seem to out produce the willows in deeper or dingier water while the willows are the best producers in clearer or shallower water.

When beginning the dreaded search for those summer lunkers the best places to start are obvious. The points heading out into deeper water.  Itís best to start shallow and work slowly out deeper all the way around the point until you find that sweet spot.  Iíve caught bass on heavy spinners in less than a foot of water and more than twenty five feet, so it pays to try it all until youíve figured out the depth the majority of the fish are holding at.  The key to this technique is to find that stump or boulder that attracts those mean green backs that fight back.  

The only down fall to this style of fishing is the fact that itís a big fish pattern which is great if your down in Texas, but the LMBV has done a number to the fisheries up in the northeastern part of the state.  The LMBV has especially affected the Grand River chain of lakes, which mostly fish.  Donít be discouraged; however, there still are plenty of 3 to 5 lb bass left in the lakes to make for a more than enjoyable trip out on the lake.  The best thing to do is to get out there and get started picking apart those points until you get it figured out.  Once it becomes second nature start venturing out looking for humps, old stump rows on creek or river channel bends, and other secret offshore hangouts for summertime bass.  

This is a great technique to put a kicker fish in the live well or in youíre photo album.  Summer bass fishing can be tough here in Oklahoma if you let it, or like me you too can get out there and hunt up some bruiser bass that have abandoned those banks that held those easy limits in May and early June.  Thereís probably not going to be a bass on every point, but with a little hard work and perseverance some quality bass are sure to be found.  To get started all that is needed is a couple spinner baits that sell for around the price of a good crank bait and an avid angler to cast them. Oklahoma bass fishing can be awfully tough at times once those scorching hot summer days roll in, but before give up and load the boat early give this new technique a try.   I think youíll catch a lot more bass, plus have that chance at a bass of a lifetime.

-Keep those blades spinning