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 Everyone has their favorite go-to lure that they just wouldn’t go without. For me that lure is a straight in-line spinner.

 After all the shortest distance between two points is a straight line (You and the Fish), and nothing does that faster than an in-line spinner.  Fish are attracted to a well-designed spinner due to their size, color, flash, and vibration. This lure style has been proven effective for nearly every type of game fish. Spinner vibration is often credited as the main factor in the spinner’s attraction.  Although some blade styles produce more vibration than others, all spinners generate underwater vibration (noise) created by the blade spinning around. 

 When I am kayak fishing new water this presentation allows me to cover lots of water very quickly, finding fish holding areas.


 The most popular and easy way for a beginner to fish a spinner is the cast-and retrieve method. It’s easy, just tie a spinner on the end of your line, cast into a body of water that holds fish and steady retrieve your spinner back to you. 


To be a more successful spinner angler you can change the way you work the spinner back to you.  In river fishing casting across and upstream is productive and best accomplished by position yourself just downstream from fish holding water and cast across and upstream of your target area.

 This method allows you to avoid spooking weary fish. Begin your retrieve before the spinner hits the water. Reel until you pick up all slack line and begin to feel the resistance of the spinning blade. Slow down and retrieve just fast enough to keep your lure working near the bottom.


 Another productive river fishing method is downstream casting, which covers wide holding areas quickly. Cast your spinner out across and downstream. Since the current is pulling the spinner away from you, it requires a little or no retrieve as your spinner swings through the holding water. As the spinner straightens out in the current hold the spinner steady for up to 5 seconds or more. This pause will entice fish to bite.

If you put one on your line next time you go out you will be surprised at what you might catch.


I use a Berkley® 7’ Amp medium spinning rod coupled with a Lew’s®MS300 Mach speed spin® reel. I use 6lbs. or 8lbs. monofilament line. 

I use generally 1/8 ounce to ¼ ounce size spinners.

Some of the name brand spinners I fish include, Mepps®,


Worden’s Rooster tail®,


Panther Martin,