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Underspin Tricks For Post Spawn Bass Fishing

Underspins have exploded in recent years! There used to be a handful of light wire options, but these days you can get everything from a 12/0 weedless Beast hook to a tiny 1/8 oz finesse head. The rise of the underspin is directly tied to its effectiveness, and there is no better time to throw them than the prespawn. Could that little blade make that much of a difference? Let’s find out…

As the bass wrap up the spawn, shad and other baitfish begin spawning in the shallows. These baitfish congregate in schools and without fail, the bass take full advantage of the opportunity. The underspin allows you to choose your depth as you probe the edges of these bait balls in search of the biggest bass in the school. Yes, you could do this with a bare swimbait, but you’ll never know what you’ve been missing until you try it with an underspin and experience the incredible drawing power created by the addition of a small blade below your bait.

Fishing an underspin is simple, in most cases its an easy cast and retrieve presentation. Beyond that its a matter of matching the bait (willow leaf vs Colorado blade) to the baitfish and choosing the appropriate size. After that its just a matter of choosing a weedless presentation or an exposed hook. Narrowing down these selections is very simple. Below you’ll find links to our favorite heads for each of these applications, as well as some of our favorite baits in each size category. All the links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.

Weedless Heads…
-Owner Flashy Swimmer (Silver Willow Leaf):
-Owner Flashy Swimmer (Gold Colorado Blade):
-Owner Flashy BEAST (For Big Swimbaits):

Favorite Swimbaits For Weedless Heads…
-Keitech 3.3 – 4.8″ Fat Swing Impact:
Colors- Electric Shad, TW Ghost Shad
-Megabass Spark Shad 4″:

Traditional Heads (Largest To Smallest)…
Overall Favorite- Blade Runner Screw Lock Spintrix (3/8 – 3/4 oz):
Best In Current- Hog Farmer War Pig (1/4 – 3/4 oz):
Best Finesse Bait- Cool Baits Down Under (1/8 – 3/16 oz):

Favorite Swimbaits For Traditional Heads…
-River2Sea D Walker 120:
Colors- PB Red, Shamrock Shad, Silver Side
-Keitech 2.8″ – 4.8″ Fat Swing Impact:
Colors- Electric Shad, TW Ghost Shad

Non-Traditional Head…
-Megabass Okashira Screw Head:

Favorite Small Swimbaits For Okashira and CoolBaits…
-Megabass Spark Shad 3:
Colors: Real, Albino, Baby Bass
-Keitech Easy Shiner 3″ and 4″:
Colors: Electric Shad, TW Pro Blue
-Damiki Armor Shad 3″:
Colors: RP Blue Pearl, American Shad, Baby Bass

Keitech Sizing For Flashy Swimmer/Beast Hooks…
1/0 Hook- Keitech 3.3
3/0 Hook- Keitech 4.3
5/0 Hook- Keitech 4.8
8/0 Hook- Keitech 6.8

Favorite All-Around Underspin Combo…
Rod- Shimano Expride 7’6″ Medium Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL 150 B (HG):
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb Braid:
Leader- Sunline FC100 16 lb Shock Leader:

Tim’s Finesse Underspin Spinning Combo…
Rod- G Loomis NRX+ 852S JWR:
Reel- Shimano Exsence A 3000:
Line- Sunline SX1 Braid 12 lb:
Leader- Sunline Fluorocarbon 7 lb:

Budget Underspin Spinning Combo…
Rod- St. Croix Bass X 7’1″ Medium:
Reel- Shimano NASCI 2500:
Line- Sunline Fluorocarbon 8 lb:

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  1. You guys turned me onto that cool baits head and the 2.8 keitech last season- thank you. It's put tons of spotted bass in my boat. I'm not having near as much luck with it lately though- or anything else to be honest. I seem to have trouble with flooded, muddy water- could you guys do some videos on it? Would be greatly appreciated.

  2. tried topwater, crank bait, jig, chatterbaits and quite few more today. Couldn't find that pattern. Shallow or deep. Then I tried a 4.3 Keitech with a belley weighted twist lock under spin and first cast landed a 3 pounder. They were hungry for that underspin today. Thanks

  3. Does anybody know why my underspin setup spins completely when retrieving? I have the 6th sense divine underspins using their divine swimbait. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks!

  4. im sure this is uncommon but im from a small town in northern Missouri. I found yalls channel by accident a few years ago. I use to fish as a kid but fell out of it. watching yall do what you do inspired me to fish again. it has literally saved my life more than once. I suffer from depression amongst many other things and fishing has brought me alot of peace in my life. I may be being over dramatic but your channel brings me alot of joy in fishing again. thank you for what you guys do.

  5. Awesome video! Question. A few Videos back you were talking about the finesse baitcast reel from shimano! Which one was it?? I've been looking and can't find it

  6. I've been trying it out this year been throwing it in my ponds but have yet to catch a fish on an understand yet. It's probably just me haha. Gonna keep at it and hopefully start getting them to bite

  7. Thanks for the video Tim. I love throwing those under spins. You have a couple of my favs there. Flash swimmer with a Keitech, and the Cool Baits Finesse (1/8oz) with a 3" Megabass Spark Shad. 🎣👍

  8. Is this bait versatile with both smallmouth and largemouth? My local lakes have both and would like that in between lure rather than keying in on one species every trip. Great video and info!! Thank you!

  9. I usually shorten the wire on the flashy swimmer, if I am dragging bottom or close to the bottom the blade hangs up so I shorten it and it’s perfect for me

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