Steve ChaconasCaptain Steve brings 25 years of bass fishing experience on the Potomac River to columns featured in the BoatUS Trailering Magazine, Sportsman's Magazine, Woods & Waters, and The Old Town Crier. He has also written for the Free Lance Star newspaper, The Mount Vernon Gazette, The Mount Vernon Voice, The American Sportfishing Association and many others. Steve also hosted the National Bass Fishing Radio Show. Capt. Steve is also the BoatUS.com online fishing expert. A U.S. Coast Guard Captain, licensed by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Steve has the opportunity to fish with anglers of all skill levels, including some of the biggest names in pro bass fishing. He is one of the top bass fishing guides in the country. Steve's been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines and on TV and radio: BASSMASTERS, BASS TIMES, BASSIN' Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, ESPN and others. He's been: emcee of the St. Jude Children's Hospital Tournament the past 11 years, a member of Boat US Speakers Bureau, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and a member of the American Sportfishing Association. Steve has been awarded an Excellence in Craft award from SEOPA and was the recipient of the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce 2002 and 2003 Home-Based Business of the Year Award. Prior to fishing, Steve's careers included teaching high school algebra and sales of cars, computers and surgical products. He also hosted the longest running all-financial morning radio show in the country and is considered to be "The Father of Business Radio".
Hi, I am Captain Steve Chaconas with National Bass Guide Service. We have talked about topwater lures on the surface; just beneath the surface and deeper with crankbaits, another lure that will help you cover a lot of water is the Spinner Bait.
Spinner baits are made out of metal and they will sink. So, you need to get them moving as quickly as possible. One of the things that is interesting about spinnerbaits is that they come with three different types of blades. They come with a willow leaf which is a shape just like a willow leaf, they come with a Colorado, which is a little bit rounder, and they also come with an Indiana which is kind of in-between; its teardrop-shaped, it will produce vibration and flash. So, the willow leaf has less vibration, a lot more flash; the Colorado or the rounder blade puts out the most vibration, while the Indiana is kind of in-between both of them.
The reason we use them is for different things; speed; for instance, this bait can be cranked very fast. And we want to use this when we are fishing in clear water; it puts out more flash, it is a visible attraction. This type of combination puts out more vibration; we can crank it slower, and it will thump and put out vibration in the water to attract the bass to them. In addition to blades, the other thing we have on a spinnerbait is the skirt; the skirt actually pulsates through the water with the vibration produced by the blades and will actually put out some appealing attraction to the fish, make it look like it is alive. I like white, you can also chartreuse and a variety of other colors; they come in a rainbow of colors. I like this type of head; this is a round head; this head will deflect very well off of wood cover and come through grass just as well. Some guys prefer to use the very narrow head, but I like this one. Simply tie your line here, make your cast, bring it close to grass, wood, rock, docks, any other type of cover, it is fairly weightless, and just keep it moving and hang on, spinnerbaits will catch fish.
Coming up next, we are going to talk about going all the way to the bottom with soft plastics.