Most anglers know that Blade Baits are hard to beat when the water temps take a nose dive in the fall and winter. They actually catch fish all year long but that’s a story for another day. Like many anglers, I primarily target bass and walleye with blade baits in the cool season. But I catch a ton of other fish including catfish (channel and flat heads), hybrid stripers, white bass, freshwater drum (yuck), crappie, and various bream. Heck I’m probably leaving out a species or two as well. Basically, any fish that eats other fish, eat blade baits. A couple years ago my beautiful wife, Amy, accompanied me to Norris Lake in eastern Tennessee on Veterans Day weekend. We stayed at a generous friend’s beautiful lake house and had a great time of it. Norris, in case you didn’t know, is a ghost town this time of year and a great time to be on the lake. I caught plenty of bass throwing my standard 1/2 oz Nickle Blade Bait using casting equipment which I strongly prefer (perhaps to my own detriment at times). Anyway, I gave my wife a spinning outfit rigged with a 3/8oz Blade Bait and she began catching some jumbo bluegill. In case you didn’t know, Cincy Fisher Blade Baits come in 5 different weights (1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, and 3/4 oz) and in 2 different lengths (2″ and 2.5″). The 1/4oz and 3/8oz weights use the smaller, 2″ body while the heavier weights use the larger. If you are specifically targeting crappie, bluegill, or white bass, I recommend the smaller sizes. For bass and walleye I recommend 1/2oz and up depending on the water depth you are fishing. That said, I know some very strong anglers who prefer a 3/8oz blade bait for small mouth because of the smaller size. To each their own I suppose. I almost always throw 1/2 oz Nickle (Brass for dirty water) blade baits because they flat out catch fish and because they cast like bullets. I also like the #4 Mustad KVD treble hooks on the larger baits vs. the #6 on the smaller.
Around my region (Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana) the blade bait bite is in full swing and as many of my friends heads to the woods to kill Bambi, I head to the deep clear water to catch me some hogs on blade baits. It’s my favorite time of the year. Keep your lines tight folks!
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