Split-tail trailer

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bass fishing spinnerbait with split tail trailer

A split-tail soft plastic is likely my favorite all-time spinnerbait trailer, though the swimbait has been jockeying for the top spot in recent years as previously mentioned. And I would consider the swimbait to be the more versatile of the two. But soft plastics like the Z-Man ElaZtech Split Tail TrailerZ work well in lots of different situations as well and come in a close second in the arena of versatilely in my opinion. But the reason it reigns supreme as my favorite trailer is that its the most complementary to my favorite style of spinnerbait fishing—targeting bass in shallow, stained to muddy water.

It may seem contradictory at first for me to suggest this thin, twin trailer over a bulky one in muddy water when I just recommended the Twin Tail Fat Albert Grub. But the difference is that I’d allocate the bigger, bulkier bait to super cold and muddy water and it’s just not that necessary most of the year here in Alabama. Instead, paring a split-tail trailer with a double Colorado or Colorado/big willow leaf blade combo gives me a plenty of resistance from the blades to slow the bait down and a good bit of action from the trailer. So I can fish my bait slow in stained water but still have some nice action and mask my hook well while the water temps are in the low 50s to low 70s range.