March 27, 2017

How To Tie On A Spinnerbait To Your Line

How To Tie On A Spinnerbait

Having troubles fishing using a spinner bait? Here is a brief tutorial on how to tie on a spinnerbait and hack tips. A spinnerbait is made up of a hook attached to a lead head, skirt and attractive blades.

It is a versatile bait that commonly used to catch fish and pikes. They are best used when fishing for largemouth fish. The skirt of the spinnerbait comes in different colors. It is used to attract the bass in the water.

The lead head’s purpose is for weight, and it has a hook running through it. The blades also come in different colors, i.e., gold, and silver. The gold color is best for water that’s not clear whereas silver is ideal for clear water.

A spinner bait in water emulates a wounded, erratic bait which draws the bass towards it. The blades are used to make noise which in turn aggravates the fish around it. This then prompts the fish to strike at the bait and hence get hooked.


Tips On How To Rig A Spinner Bait

  • Step 1: First, you need to attach the spinner bait to your line. Pass a few inches of your line through the eye of the spinner bait. Say 5 to 6 inches, then tie it in a Palomar, Trilene knot or an improved clinch knot.
  • Step 2 : You need to wrap the eye of your spinnerbait using a monofilament. You could even glue the line for a firmer effect. This way, you will be able to open the eye at a later time by cutting through the line.
  • Step 3 : Using a small amount of water, lubricate the knot. You can also trim the excess line at the end of the tie. Moistening the knot allows it to be pulled at tightly so as to secure the lure.

Different Knots That Are Suitable For A Spinner Bait

There is a lot of debate on the best knot for tying a spinner bait. Here are the three most commonly used knots:

Palomar Knot

Using a double line of a length of approximately 15 cm, pass the loop through the eye of the spinner bait. Then tie an overhand knot, loosely while the lure hangs at the bottom. With one hand holding the loop and the other, the blades, pass the leaves through the loop.

You can then pull the tag end and standing line onto the eye. This is a way to tighten the knot. Then, snip the tag end as illustrated in the video below. This method gives room for the hook to rotate in the knot freely.

The Palomar knot is recommended when using braided lines. Remember to make your loop large enough so that it can pass over the hook.

Trilene Knot

The Trilene knot is used when attaching a monofilament line to a hook. It is stronger than the clinch knot. Many claims that the Trilene knot retains a significant proportion of an ideal line strength.

You tie the knot by passing the tag end of your line through the eye, twice. For five or six times, wrap the line around the standing end. Then, thread it beside the eye through the loop while pulling tightly.

You need to leave about an eighth of 1 inch of the tag line when trimming. This is for security purposes.

Improved Clinch Knot

Pass about 6 inches of the tag end of your fishing line through the eye of the spinner bait. Then, wind the end of the tag around the main line, six to seven times. Pull the end of the tag, gently through the loop formed between the line and eye of the spinner bait.

There’s a second loop formed at the side of the knot. Pass the tag through it, moisten the knot then pull down tightly at the knot. You can trim the excess line at the end of the tag.

Hacking Tips On Fishing A Spinner Bait

Hacking Tips On Fishing A Spinner Bait

If you have been fishing with spinnerbaits but without luck in striking a fish, here are some pro tips on how to work spinnerbaits:

Color Of The Skirt

Having skirts of different colors when fishing is useful so that you can match your lure with the surrounding forage. You could use scented or permanent markers that can be found in various fishing stores in your area. Use these markers to change the color of the skirt. Dyes could be utilized too.

When you are not using a trailing hook, it is advisable to trim the skirt. This is a method that helps reduce missing strikes. Dark colored skirts work better in deep or dark water.

They create silhouettes in the water. Putting the skirt on the lure backward, give it more lift.

Adding More Weight

Under the skirt on the spinner bait, you can attach soft plastic. This adds weight to the spinner bait. It also makes it more realistic as the fish will take another bite of the lure if it misses it.

It will also be an added advantage if you use scented soft plastics. For the bait to fall evenly, attach the weight close to the head.

Suitable Weather Conditions

A good day to be out fishing spinner bait is on low-light days. On a sunny day, the fish will be drawn from hiding by the colorful skirts of the spinner bait. However, spinnerbaits are suitable for varying weather conditions and water.

This is as long as you select the right lure for the fish in that area.

Eye Of the Spinnerbait

If you are not able to close the eye of your spinnerbait as described earlier, you can use other versions of the bait that have closed loops. These baits include, the Booyah Pike Spinnerbait, Strike King, and Mann spinner baits have versions with closed loops.



How to tie on a spinnerbait is dependent on the type of fish you want to catch. The most common methods are Palomar, Trilene and improved clinch knots. The choice of the knot is what works best for you.

You can improve your chance in fishing a spinnerbait by changing the color of the skirt of your spinnerbait. The color should match with the forage in the area where you are fishing. Recall that, bigger blades produce more noise than smaller ones.

So, if you are fishing in shallow waters, smaller leaves will be ideal. Well, now that you are well-versed with the nitty-gritty of fishing a spinnerbait, you can go out there and enjoy your fishing.

Patterson Riley

I'm Patterson, and I’m absolutely in love with fishing blogs. At the weekend, I usually go fishing with my best friends. So, I build this blog to share all the information about it by my passion.

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