Blade Bait Tricks For Early Spring Bass

The blade is traditionally a cold water presentation but its effectiveness doesn't stop there! Keep the blade on deck in Early Spring and you might be surprised how the bass react. In this video Matt shows his favorite blade baits, what each is for, and how to modify them to get the best hook up ratio.

Blade baits come in all shapes and sizes. From the original Silver Buddy to modern offerings like the Damiki Vault, there is always a bait to fit your need. Color schemes have come a long way as well which has extended the blades effectiveness in late Winter and early Spring.

With any blade bait its imperative to upgrade the hardware and carefully select your gear in order to maximize your hook up to land ratio. These baits are inherently heavy and are easily thrown by wary bass if care isn't taken to prevent it. Below is a breakdown of the baits, equipment, and hook upgrades that we use with our blades.

The Blade Baits...

-Damiki Vault:

-Silver Buddy:

-Molix Trago Vib:

-Khan Baits Vibrato:

-Damiki Vortex:

-Sebile Vibrato:

Best Colors... Silver, Gold, Shad

Hook and Hardware Upgrades...

(Size 4 for 1/2 oz or heavier blades, Size 6 on smaller blades)

-Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Light Wire):

-Owner ST-36 Stinger Treble (Medium Wire):

-Owner ST-56 Treble (Heavy Wire):

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 2 or 3):

Matt's Preferred Combo...

Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro Braid:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget-Friendly Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Colt 705CB:

Reel- Shimano SLX HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:


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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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