Blade Bait Basics: Winter Fishing Made Easy

The blade bait has been around since the early 80's but recent innovations have taken the technique to the next level. This technique could not only save your Winter, it could make it a lot more fun!

If your lakes aren't iced over, there is still time to throw these lures. Blades come in a variety of shapes and sizes but below you'll find a list of some of our favorites. 

Silver Buddy:
Damiki Vault:
Binsky Blade:
Sebile Vibrato:

If you enjoy throwing blade baits you'll probably also enjoy ice jigs and jigging spoons. Here are our favorite of each. 

Rapala Jigging Rap Ice Jig:
Lunkerhunt Ice Jig:

BladeRunner 3/4 and 1 3/4 oz spoons:

Tim's Blade Bait Combo...
Rod- 845 CBR:
Reel- Curado 70:
Line- 30 lb Maxcuatro:
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Sniper:

Matt's Blade Bait Combo...
Rod- Expride 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Most blade baits come with hardware that leaves something to be desired. We recommend cutting the hardware off and starting fresh.  We will replace the snap and hook hangers with Owner Hyperwire Split Rings to eliminate potential failures, then upgrade the hooks to maximize our effectiveness. Sizes vary based on the weight of the blade but most blades will have size 6 and 8 hooks, we recommend replacing them with size 4 and 6. For split rings we recommend either size 2 or 3. This is not an aggressive technique, you can slow play the fish so bend outs shouldn't be an issue once the gear is upgraded. 

Owner Hyperwire Split Ring:
Gamakatsu EWG Treble:
Owner ST-36 Treble:

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