spinnerbait

What Happened to Mentoring?

What Happened to Mentoring?

There are two good articles about spinnerbaiting in the March 2019 issue of Bassmaster, the first by Mark Hicks and featuring Rick Clunn and the second by Steve Price and featuring Matt Herren. They both discuss the same type of lure, but what really caught my attention was the fact that both successful pros had spinnerbait mentors:

Hecho en Mexico -- Deep Spin

Hecho en Mexico -- Deep Spin

We spent plenty of time out deep on our recent trip to El Salto, looking for fish that have yet to spawn and are still fat with eggs and recent meals of tilapia and shad. Big crankbaits like the 10XD produced, but not as consistently as they do in May and June, when the schools are more tightly packed offshore. Carolina Rigs, football jigs and even just a plain Jane Texas rig all resulted in boated fish, as they have many times before, but on this trip we had a new player – a 1.5 ounce spinnerbait.

Belt and Suspenders

Belt and Suspenders

Most of us pay relatively little attention to hooks or their distinguishing attributes. We have our favorites, we order them repeatedly, and that’s that. We give even less thought to hook accessories and byproducts, so when I see some distinguishing characteristic – especially when it’s recommended by an angler I trust – I try to understand how it could help me out.