There are many bizarre and excessively creative lure designs in the fishing world. Granted, many of them are rather useless and unappealing to fish. One phenomenal and outstanding exception is the spinnerbait.

At first glance, spinnerbaits present as a tangled mess of metal spoons, wire, beads, swivels, hooks, and rubber skirts. The flashy metal constructs look more like a jewellery accessory for a fashion show than a serious lure option for a tackle bag.

Spinnerbaits are as unusual as fishing lures get, but their most curious characteristic is their astounding ability to catch fish.


The general design of a spinnerbait comprises of an angled metal wire with a tie-point at the bend. One arm of the wire is adorned with metal spoons that are affixed with swivels and stopper beads. The other arm features a lead weighted hook that is buried beneath a rubber skirt.

The metal spoons are available in willow leaf, Colorado or Indiana profiles with options of gold, silver, or bronze finishes. The rubber skirts come in every colour pattern imaginable and spinnerbait weights can be selected to suit water depth.

A popular upgrade is to add a plastic tail for increased action and a stinger hook to avoid short strikes and improve hook-ups.


There’s nothing particularly realistic about the appearance of spinnerbaits that should entice fish to eat them. However, once they are put into action a few provocative characteristics kick into gear.

Spinnerbaits are cast and allowed to sink to an appropriate depth before being retrieved in a steady manner. Once they’re engaged, spinnerbaits flash, rattle, and hum with a profound and conspicuous action. The flash and drone action stimulates the senses and instincts of fish and entices them to follow and strike.

Whether the reaction is an aggressive territorial response or a legitimate attempt to eat the spinnerbait is debatable. All we know is that spinnerbaits work exceptionally well on a broad range of fish species.


Spinnerbaits are built from robust metals and are extremely durable. Spinnerbaits survive many fishing trips and fish battles and can be customised and repaired easily.

The bent wire profile and inward pointing hook design gives spinnerbaits a high degree of snag resistance. They are ideal for casting around sunken timber snags and weed beds and can reach nooks and crannies that other lures can’t.

The trailing hook design also delivers a heightened chance for solid hook-sets, especially when stinger hooks are utilised. This provides a reliable hook-up and landing rate.


Spinnerbaits shine in freshwater fishing applications and they excel in rivers, streams, and impoundments. Native freshwater species such as Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Australian Bass, Silver Perch, Sooty Grunter, Jungle Perch, and even Barramundi are suckers for the flash and vibration that spinnerbaits deliver.

Spinnerbaits are available in a range of sizes and styles and can be cast on baitcaster or spinning outfits. They are an easy to use, reliable, and effective lure option that attracts powerful and aggressive strikes from oversize native fish specimens. Spinnerbaits are one of the great wonders of the fishing world with a remarkable ability to deceive fish.



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Peter Hollingsworth

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.