--- Construction of Spinner Baits ---
Now lets be realistic about spinner baits.
The bottom skirt: They do three things: 1- It hides the hook, 2- It represents "bulk" 3- Color is important to semi-match the normal bait fish of the area, water clarity etc.
A white or colored grub tail mounted on hook: Again this represents "bulk" - the actions represents fins moving or inners of wounded a bait fish.
Painted lead weight: Practically worthless.
Top spinner: THESE represent a wounded fish flaying and making a commotion that is not normal - the amount of "noise" the spinner makes with one type blade or another, either one, two or 5 or more really mean little. I prefer a willow type blade for the main blade because it again represents "bulk" and flash. A bit less noise or more noise is not all that important. The main object is making the blades produce the maximum noise so it travels the greatest distance to get the attention of fish. Which brings us to --
Frame, wire: Fish could care less if your using "titanium" or steel. They don't know the difference and never will. So we come to "tuning". If the hook and upper blades wire are in line the bait should run straight. But there's a question here -- a wounded fish never swims straight. They are always tipped over a bit - some lay flat on the surface 90 degree tipped. Granted, if the hook isn't in line with the top wire the hook is exposed to weeds etc. and is less weed less but as far as a fish is concerned there is no advantage to run straight.
There's a sort of a balancing act here on wire size. Pressure of the water hitting the top blades representing a force to make the blades turn, a thin wire will allow the blades to move the wire as the blades turn thus offering relief from the pressure required to turn the blade. You get a slower and less vigorous blade action and less noise of course. The movement of a small round wire produces so little "noise" by it's self it is lost in the blade noise and contributes next to nothing in over all noise. Now the opposite is true of a very stiff wire. There all the water pressure moves the blade and is not bled off. The blades produce the most noise. But you cannot have a super stiff wire because in many cases the fish hit the wire and it must flex for them to get to the hook. "ScentHeadTM" solve the problem by holding the wire fairly ridged at the blades end but free to collapsed when struck by the fish.
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