Spinnerbait

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A big Colorado blade spinnerbait is probably the most popular lure of all for night fishing. A Colorado blade works well at night for the same reason it does in muddy water. The vibration generated by the heavy thump of a Colorado blade spinning in the water turns the bait into a homing beacon capable of drawing bass in through the dark waters.

Something that has never really made sense to me but has been proven time and time again, is that black is the most effective color at night. Whether we’re talking spinnerbaits, the next two baits we’ll discuss or anything else you want to throw at night. When in doubt, black it out. We even buy spinnerbaits with black blades to match the skirt. And if the blades aren’t black, we’ll take a marker and color them black. As contrary as it seems to my common sense, black shows up the best to bass in the dark.

As for fishing a spinnerbait at night, you basically just want to look for the same areas where you would anticipate the fish being during the day. So if you’re catching fish well in a shallow creek in the daytime, try the same area at night. The big difference though is water clarity isn’t as restrictive. If I have a brush pile in 12 feet of clear water that’s holding fish, I’ll slow-roll a blade through it at night; even if the only thing I can get them to bite during the daytime is a shaky head. The cover of night allows you to throw a bigger bait, which is actually more effective at times to draw a bigger strike from the school at night than you could finesse up during the day.