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The BassGrubb Ohio Fishing Blog is where you will find lots of useful information about fishing for large and smallmouth bass. Learn what baits to use, why and when to use them. Learn fishing techniques and tips that will give you the best chance to be a successful bass fisherman.

Plus, I'll even throw in a few stories about some of my more memorable fishing experiences. Some might make you laugh, others might actually teach you something.

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Posted by Al Rubosky on March 9, 2019 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (55)

A spinnerbait is constructed using a wire form with a painted head and a combination of blades.  They may be fished with or without a plastic trailer.

There are many options for selecting blades when constructing a spinnerbait .  To select the proper spinnerbait, it is important to ask yourself a few questions.

What is the water temperature?  Is it overcast or are there bluebird skies?  Is the water stained or clear?  Is it pre-spawn, spawn, or post spawn?  Is there a shad spawn or bluegill spawn occurring?  The answers to these questions will help you to make the proper choice of spinnerbaits for the day.

The most common blade types include:

  • willow leaf (moves through the water producing a lot of flash and some vibration)
  • colorado (moves through the water producing the most vibration and some flash)
  • Indiana (moves through the water producing some flash and some vibration)

Blade colors include:

  • nickel
  • gold
  • painted

The simplest spinnerbait is a single blade short arm variety.  Often the blade of choice is a large Colorado blade.  This single blade variety of spinnerbait is usually fished slowly, often in deeper water, and also works well at night because of the amount of vibration the blade produces.

The most common type of spinnerbait is the double bladed variety.  A double willow blade combination may be fished quickly and creates a lot of flash. 

A spinnerbait combination using a small Colorado blade and a larger willow blade will produce some flash and some vibration. 

A spinnerbait combination using a small Colorado blade and a larger Colorado blade will produce the most vibration. 

The most common sizes include: 1/4 oz, 3/8 oz, 1/2 oz, 3/4 oz, and 1 oz.

To initiate a strike, it is a good idea to pop your rod tip or stop the retrieve to make the skirt on the bait flair.  This will invoke a reaction strike because the bass thinks the baitfish is fleeing.  Add a few spinnerbaits to your arsenal this season and get ready for some fun.  There is nothing more exciting than seeing a bass strike a spinnerbait.  Fish on!


Posted by Al Rubosky on March 8, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (165)

Fishing hair jigs in early spring on lakes, rivers, and ponds has been done for decades. 

Hair jigs are tied using hair from black bear, grizzly bear, or the tails of deer, fox, or squirrel.  Even some synthetic materials are available.

Fishermen find hair jigs most effective from ice out, until the waters warm to above 50 degrees.  In contrast to silicone skirt materials, natural hair moves and twitches in even the coldest water.  The silicone skirt material found on most jigs become stiff and lifeless under these conditions.

Hair jigs are also great to use when conditions get tough and you are looking for a smaller bait profile. 

Hair jigs are tied on many different style heads including: ball, Arkie, and football. And are available in a variety of weights from 1/8 oz. up to 1 oz.

Certainly not new to the fishing world, hair jigs may be something to add to your arsenal for 2019.  Fish on!