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Blade Baits – the equal opportunity bait for cold water

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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!

Bryan May
Cincy Fisher Baits

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