So my daughter Abby was in town for the holidays. She used to assemble most Cincy Fisher Blade Baits but then decided to run off to Seattle with her husband. She mentioned to me that she’s never actually fished these baits she’s been putting together. Well we fixed that real quick by hitting the lake Christmas Eve. We only had a couple hours to fish since we had plans later in the day. Unfortunately it was a beautiful, sunny, warm day with little wind. The fishing was super tough. In fact, she caught the only fish of the day. Naturally I was glad she did catch a fish but had really hoped for better fishing. We both had a great time despite the tough fishing.
How many times do you hang up while throwing a Cincy Fisher Blade Bait? If you answer zero or not often then you’re not doing it right. In cold water, most all catch-able fish will be hugging the bottom. This includes walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, catfish, and others. White bass and Stripers (hybrids too) will be an exception to this rule. Anyway, when you hang up, do this:
- Don’t set the hook too hard as you might be on a stump…
- Jiggle your rod tip on semi-slack line and don’t stop doing this
- Move your boat (not much of an option for bank fishermen – sorry) directly over the hang while maintaining semi-slack line (and still jiggling)
- Many times a fish will actually eat the blade bait right out of the hang, often when you’re almost directly over it. Your line will simply dart off to the side very rapidly.
This happens very often for me. I caught 2 nice fish (including the one below) in each of my last 2 outings. The only thing I can figure out is the bait is moving slightly (flashing light maybe) in the immediate area where fish are feeding. It must simulate a dying baitfish. This happens so frequently it has become almost a pattern. Try this even if it sounds too crazy. It will likely turn you into a believer…
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I’ve been fishing Cincy Fisher Blade Baits quite a bit in the last few weeks. Locally our water temps are in the mid forties and that’s perfect for this technique. Our waters here in Indiana have been a bit more stained than normal and I’ve found that painted blade baits have been more productive in those conditions. Brass is another great option but painted seemed to be significantly better for me lately. I paint a few different patterns but currently only sell my most productive (to date anyway) color and that is what I call Olive Shad. Yeah I know I’m not the creative type when it comes to naming my baits or color patterns. One of my customers had a good morning on the lake with my Olive Shad baits and shared a few cool pictures, one of which I really liked. It showed my bait of course hanging out of the mouth of a small mouth bass. It wasn’t a big fish (some of his others were much bigger) but the picture showcased the bait and the fish very nicely I thought. Thanks Brendan for sharing that. Later that same day (this was Sunday 12/9/2018) Brendan parked his boat and fished with me for a couple hours until 5PM darkness set in – I hate these short days. The sun had come out pretty well so I tried yest another blade bait pattern – Nickel Blue back. One of my customers contacted me about painted a few of these up and I liked it and thought it might be a good pattern for sunny days like yesterday afternoon. Anyway I caught the first smallie while Brendan was parking his boat. It was in the 2.5# range I’d guess. I caught 3 more in the similar range as well as a decent “eater” walleye. The bite has been “good not great” and I have to say I like this Nickel Blue back pattern for sunny conditions. I’ll probably paint up some more. Contact me if you have any special requests. I am not a great artist with the airbrush but I can pull off simple patterns. And let’s be honest here – the fish don’t visit a lot of art museums… Anyway, I hope you’re still catching fish or at least trying to. Tight lines, Bryan.
Fished today with a FaceBook friend, Michael. We had an epic day with the walleye. Well epic for me anyway. I don’t normally target walleye so I don’t really have a good handle on what an epic day of walleye fishing looks like for Indiana waters. But from my perspective it was an outstanding day. We caught countless walleye, a few smallmouth bass (not enough for my liking) and some miscellaneous fish (white bass, catfish mostly). Every fish we caught was on Cincy Fisher Blade baits – most on the brand new Olive Shad Blade Bait. I sell baits I use myself. It only makes sense to me to “eat my own dog food” as they say in some industries. We kept the biggest 6 of the day (a single limit) and I took them home to my parents who finally told me to hold off on anymore walleye for a while. The 6 we kept weighed 31.87# on my tournament scales.
The bite was a typical blade bait bite – we yo-yo it off the bottom (only about 12 ” though) and they’d eat it on the fall. I pulled off 4 or 5 big walleye as well. Every fish we caught was a Personal Best for Michael and almost for me as well. The water has been stained for a few weeks and the opaqueness of the painted blade baits made the difference I think. Brass would have worked probably too but they weren’t interested in Michaels “other brand” of blade bait. No not the original Silver Buddy it was a different brand. But I’m not here to trash other great baits. But today – they wanted that Olive Shad Blade bait. It was truly an epic day for us.
So here’s the deal, I love fishing blade baits and throw them a ton this time of year. Everyone has their preferences and mine has always been 1/2 oz nickel blade baits. And they flat out catch a ton of fish. They especially excel in cold, clear water with sunny skies. They work in lots of other conditions but that’s when they really rock. But my conditions lately have been a lot different than that. The water is cold enough for sure (low fifties) but the clarity is unusually low for this time of year (6″ to 24″) depending on location. This is when I would normally throw a brass blade bait – and that’s a great choice. But so is the new Olive Shad Blade Bait! A couple weeks ago I began experimenting with colors and found that this color worked very, very well for me. So I thought it might work for you as well – please let me know if that’s the case. There’s a lot of extra work involved in the painting process so they do cost more and are not available as part of the Blade Bait 10 Pack. They are also only available in 1/2 oz. These are built on a brass body so as you beat these against the rocks (the ones on the bottom of the lake or river) the paint will chip, exposing the underlying brass. That will happen if you fish these the way you need to – almost always the bait has to be on or very near the bottom. The fish I’ve been catching don’t seem to mind one bit about a few chips in the paint.
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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I just love to see pictures of big fish caught on Cincy Fisher Baits, especially when it happens during Christmas Weekend! Thanks for sharing this Brian Warfel!
Christmas is almost here! Where does the time go? It seems the older I get the faster time flies. With these cooler temperatures some anglers find themselves in the woods hunting or, God forbid, in the living room watching football. Well don’t forget about the fish! They aren’t going to catch themselves ya know. They still have to eat even in cold water. Now their metabolism slows and they eat less often but they still eat. And for that reason, I still fish. Here in Southwest Ohio our lakes normally freeze over at some point and even our rivers freeze over sometimes but until that happens you can bet that I’ll be hitting the water any chance I get. Our water temps are in the high forties to low fifties and the blade bite has been pretty strong for bass (both largemouth and smallies) and walleye. Now for you blade bait aficionados, you know that these baits catch everything else. Last week I caught a decent limit of bass but also 5 walleye, 4 catfish, and 2 jumbo bluegill – all on 1/2 oz Nickel Blade Baits. Not sure how I avoided crappie and white bass which are usually in that mix. My partner even caught (ok, foul hooked) a carp. So get your butt off the couch or out of the woods and catch some fish already. For you guys up North – be safe on the ice.
I say it pretty often but Cincy Fisher customers really are the best. We work hard to make quality baits for a reasonable price. I enjoy talking with customers and hearing stories of fishing trips and seeing pictures of your fish (preferably with a Cincy Fisher bait in the pic).
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