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musky spinner and spoon diagram

The spinner lure or spoon, commonly referred to as a spinner bait or simply a “spinner,” is perhaps the most iconic muskie lure and is considered to be the best muskie lure in terms of efficiency. The lure is called a spinner because of the metal or plastic blade in its configuration that is made to spin in a propeller–like motion to create flash in the water. It is also designed to vibrate whenever the lure is dragged, thereby making the lure appear to be a small fish.

Spinner Types

There are several types of spinners, but the two most common are the in–line spinner and the overhead spinner. The in–line spinner, often called “buck tails” because of the deer hair it is made from, has a wire with a metal or plastic spinning at the front, while the hook is at the rear with deer hair covering it. The overhead spinner is made out of a lead body fashioned into the shape of a bullet or a cone with a wire frame bent at a 90–degree angle protruding from it. It holds a single hook which is usually covered in animal hair or a dressing made of plastic. The concept is the same though for both types of spinners. You have a blade that spins like a propeller which creates flashes of light in the water and produces vibration due to the spinning motion. These factors combine to make a spinner more tempting for a muskie. It fools the fish into thinking that the lure is either a small fish or some other enticing morsel. The animal hairs in the lure hold the muskies attention after it is attracted by the flash. Spinners are often the lure of choice for first time muskie anglers due to the ease of use associated with them.

How to Make the Best Use of a Spinner

When using a spinner, a muskie angler should let it sink to the correct fishing depth before retrieving it. With the tossing and retrieving, a pulsing action is created in the water due to the propeller–like motion of the spinners and the flashes created. This motion tends to attract muskies, and at the same time, make the lure hard for the muskie to ignore. The use of this type of lure becomes more advisable in warm water conditions. The warmer water causes muskies to have higher body temperatures and higher metabolisms making them hungrier and more active. They are more susceptible during these conditions and easily enticed by the flash and vibration created by spinners. In cases where the water temperature is in the 65 degrees and above range, spinners are at their most effective and should be at the top of any muskie anglers list.