I live around deep, clear lakes and I love to slow-roll a spinnerbait in deep cover. That’s how I won the Forrest Wood Cup in 2007. A spinnerbait can be used to catch bass at any depth, in any season, though. Most of the time I use a ¾- or 1-ounce spinnerbait for slow-rolling and it’ll have a No. 5 willow leaf and a small Colorado blade with it as a kicker.
The reason I like that combination is because it will stay down in the water column better. If I’m burning a spinnerbait and want it to stay shallow, I’ll lighten up on the weight and go with two willow leaf blades. As for color, to me the best mix is gold willow leaf with a silver Colorado for dingy water, or the opposite for when the water is clear.
In the early spring, I’ll fish a lot of water that varies between dingy and muddy. When it’s really dirty, I’ll use slick copper willow leaf and Colorado blades because, believe it or not, copper puts off more flash in muddy water.
If I’m fishing the inside of a grass line in 6 to 8 feet of muddy water, say, I might also replace the willow leaf with a copper Indiana blade because it has a little longer profile that puts off more flash than a Colorado and has little “thump” to it that helps fish find it.
Finally, if the water is clear, I’ll stick with the semi-transparent silicone skirts. If it’s muddy, I’ll switch to the old-fashioned rubber skirts in white, chartreuse or black because I want that solid profile.
---- Folgers pro Scott Suggs, Bryant, Ark.