Adding the blade assembly and picking out a skirt

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building a bass fishing spinnerbait

To attach the blade assembly to the spinnerbait, you’ll want to take the tip of the spinnerbait arm wire with the end of a pair of needle-nose pliers and begin to roll the wire, slowly bending it into a tight U-shape. You want to bend it slowly to avoid breaking the wire. Keep bending it until you’ve almost got the tip of the wire back around to where it will meet the arm. Then slip the split ring of the blade assembly into this loop you’ve made in the wire and use your pliers to close the loop off by pinching the loop shut.

Now you’re ready to add a skirt. There are lots of options out there for skirts. Rubber and silicone are the two main materials. We go a little old school with it usually and use the living rubber skirts but all are good options and you’ll have a ton to choose from when it comes to color.

We don’t typically recycle the skirts from the boneyard. They get pretty dirty and the rubber bands that hold the skirts together also tend to dry rot and fall apart, so you’re better off with a new one. Most skirts will have a longer and shorter end. You want to slide the hook through from the longer end of the skirt. This will allow the longer end of the skirt to fluff out and bend back, which will make it about the same length as the straight but shorter end of the skirt that is now on the inside of the bent back longer skirting.

That’s it; now you have your very own custom-made spinnerbait. You can toy around with different skirts, blades and spacers. In time, you’ll dial in one specific spinnerbait that you’ve caught several fish on and you’ll have a pattern to go by moving forward. Hopefully catching a fish on something you built will give you a similar sense of satisfaction and confidence that it does us. I’m pretty sure it’s a safe bet that it will.