There’s no magic lure in the sport of fishing, but you can get pretty damn close. In-line spinners, also called micro spinners, or nano spinners, produce the highest numbers of fish by a long shot. If you are looking to get into angling and need to start with something easy to use, if you want to pull out every species in the pond with a set of gills, if you want to catch mounds of fish to drop a big number to your buddies, or for God sake if you’re still staring at a floating ball in the water every time you go fishing: give an in-line spinner a try. This blog will dive into in-line spinners in excruciating detail. Most detail is not necessary to know in order to catch a few fish here and there. But the information here can turn a 3-4 fish day into 20+ fish in a few hours.
An in-line spinner typically consists of wire, some sort of weight, a blade, one treble hook and synthetic disguising the hook. Fisherman today believe every lure needs to be a hand-poured, custom painted, meticulously constructed piece of modern art that left your wallet so light you start wondering if you should’ve had it insured. Then 5-10 years down the road you can’t buy a nibble from a measly sunfish, and you wander back to the store hoping for a new lure to end your suffering. Now, it’s obvious I used a bit of hyperbole there, but understand that what I’m about so say next is no exaggeration: no matter how much you spent on your tackle; 99% a lure that can be made with a paper clip, a nickel, a split shot, and a hook will put more fish in the boat than you, and has been for the past 70 years. At this point, if you’ve never dabbled in the micro spinners arts, you’ve either stopped reading or finishing out the blog to call me a dumb a** in the comment section. Either way I don’t blame you. My pride simply won’t allow me to believe I can get mopped by the lure our ancient ancestors used in the very first fish fry. I’ve long retired from my days of cleaning out ponds with me and a mentos box full of in-lines, but if you call yourself a fisherman and you haven’t taken a few months to wind-and-grind a micro, you need to reevaluate your fishing career. If you are looking to get into fishing, or if you have kids you want to take fishing, the best two options are nightcrawlers, or spinners. If you have kids or if you value your time- don’t buy the nightcrawlers.
It quite possibly might save fishing as a hobby for you and here’s why:The set up of in-lines is painless, but also important to do correctly. You’re going to need a spinning rod or a spincaster (push button) spooled with light line; between 6lb and 10lb (probably about 4lb on a spincaster) test for beginners. I recommend monofilament because it’s cheap but also because it stretches allowing the fish more time to eat the spinner before the book is set though typically this is a non-issue with in-lines. For new anglers and parent with kids I recommend purchasing relatively small snap swivels, anything in the #7-#10 size range will do. Tie the closed loop directly to the line, then unclasp the other end and slide the spinner in the swivel, and snap it closed. This is a big help with kids on a slow day, who always thinking best thing to use is the one not tied on. It also prevents line twists which tend to happen when using lures with spinning parts. A twisted line will cause break-off’s and no one likes crying kids. Whether you buy online or in-store you’re going to be overwhelmed with the number of options for these little baits. Hundreds of companies producing the same lure for 70 years naturally leaves consumers with a few decisions to be made. Don’t fret, just like all other tackle you only need a handful of the right type of spinners to cover pretty much all scenarios.
Let’s talk colors first because fisherman love to overanalyze that the most. Start with your natural colored blades. Buy a silver, a gold, and a copper colored spinner. If you have the budget buy some fish patterns like a rainbow or brown trout, perch, or bluegill. Use these colors when fishing clear water or on sunny days. Next you want to get a little crazy with the colors. Buy some brightly colored spinners- the kind that make you think “what the hell is that even supposed to look like?”. You want to throw these in muddy waters where fish may have trouble seeing natural colors. When you’re making your color choices, be sure you get a variety of weights and brands. Heavier weights allow you to fish deeper areas, but hang up a lot when fished up shallow. Lightweight spinners fall slower, and can be retrieved slower giving you a longer presentation time.
Timid fish like trout will spook from a spinner running too fast or displacing too much water. The weight of the spinner effects your casting distance and how much water you are able to cover. For this reason it also isn’t a bad idea to buy a variety pack of split shot sinkers. These weights allow you to add weight to your line without having to cut off your current lure. Just pinch on with a set of pliers 6-8 inches from your spinner and you’re ready to rock.Next grab different brands. It’s crucial because companies have different blade shapes which dictate how much vibration is given off in the water. Without getting too in depth; the rounder the blade the more vibration given off, and obviously the longer the blade gives off less. In addition, longer blades give off less resistance when being retrieved allowing them to be fished faster without rising up in the water column.
It’s hard to go wrong choosing spinner brands to be quite honest. All will get bit, but the brands I’m about to give you have confidence in to get bit more often and last longer without bending out hooks or wire. First, buy a Meppes. It’s a must-have spinner. Then other tried and true fish producers are Rooster Tails, Panther Martin, BPS tournament series, and my personal favorite Blue Fox. Finally, fishing with these bad boys is as easy as peeing: cast, wait until lure sinks to the depth you wish to fish it, and then begin your retrieve. The most important thing to remember when using these spinners is to vary your retrieves on each cast. Add pauses or sudden bursts of speed to give your spinner a more erratic action.Another beautiful aspect of these little spinning miracles is the fact that you do not need to set the hook. Yes, do not set the hook, you’ll just end up tearing it right from the fish’s mouth. You’ll know you have a fish when you feel weight suddenly at the end of your line or if you suddenly can’t feel the vibration of the blades. At this point apply steady pressure and let the rod load up. The fish practically hook themselves all you need to do is keep reelin’ em in.These are a necessity to have in your box for emergency situations when you need a little spritz of skunk-be-gone.