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How To Tie A Spinnerbait To Your Line Like a Pro

Written by James Schulz

One of the most popular lures used in fishing by anglers is spinnerbait. When it comes to using spinnerbait, it’s essential to learn how to tie a spinnerbait.

Irrespective of whether you’re a beginner in fishing or an expert, read on to learn how to tie a spinnerbait to your fishing line like a pro.

The spinner bait: What is it?

Before delving into the techniques used in fishing by anglers to tie a spinnerbait, let’s understand the meaning of a spinnerbait.

A spinner bait is basically a fishing lure that imitates a baitfish.

This lure creates aggressive reaction strikes from various fish species.

Therefore, a spinnerbait fishing lure is fantastic for attracting fish of various species.

Spinnerbaits fishing lures are available in a plethora of shapes, sizes, and designs.

However, what spinnerbait lures have in common is the metal blade.

This metal blade effectively flashes in the water as the bait moves through the water column.

Parts of a spinnerbait

A spinnerbait fishing lure has 5 fundamental components. These are:

1) Blade

The blade of a spinner bait, also called spinnerbait blade, is that part of the lure that glistens and shines in the water column as light hits the water column.

Therefore, spinnerbait blades are very useful in murky waters.

The blade of a spinnerbait is attached to a swivel.

The swivel allows either the wire arm or the blade to spin.

Spinnerbait blades are basically the reflective device of the bait.

2) Wireframe

The wireframe or the wire arm is the slimmest component of spinnerbait lures.

The wireframe is basically the body of spinner baits.

The area which is farthest from the hook is referred to as the wire arm of the bait.

3) Jig

The jig of spinner baits is the artificial bait that’s available in various sizes, weights, and shapes.

A jig is weighted so that it can sink the spinnerbaits.

The reflective device in spinnerbait lures is what makes it so useful.

4) Attachment area/ eye area

The component of spinnerbait lures where you tie your fishing line knots is called the eye area or attachment area.

This component of the spinnerbait lures is usually R-shaped but some spinnerbait lures have a loop in the eye area for fixing the line.

5) Hook

The sharpest component of all fishing lures is known as the hook.

This is a fundamental component of fishing lures which is used for actually catching fish.

The sharp hook pierces the fish’s jaw.

 How To Rig A Spinnerbait: Comprehensive Guide

Let’s finally delve into the details of how to tie a spinnerbait.

When it comes to tying a spinnerbait to the fishing line, it’s essential to remember that the fishing line matters a lot here.

Although a lot of anglers prefer the braided fishing line and the fluorocarbon line to a monofilament line, the effectiveness of the monofilament fishing line should not be ignored.

The advantages of using a fluorocarbon line or a braided line don’t always materialize when you’re actually fishing.

Therefore, a standard nylon monofilament is a great fishing cord (potentially the best fishing cord) option when you want to tie a spinnerbait.

When you’re using a monofilament line for actively retrieving the fish that takes your lure, you will experience a stretching sensation on your hookset.

This won’t be an issue if you’re using a monofilament line.

Sensitivity is another issue that you don’t need to concern yourself with when you’re using this line.

With a monofilament nylon fishing cord, a fantastic knot, and high tensile strength for shock absorption are great advantages.

When a large fish takes your lure, a monofilament fishing line is perfect for its tensile strength and its ability to hold a knot.

 Best knots for monofilament fishing line: The Clinch Knot

Irrespective of the spinnerbait type, tying knots on the monofilament fishing line is extremely easy and effective when it comes to fishing.

Any knot will hold very well (even under strain) if you’re using this fishing line.

One of the easiest knots to tie a spinner, in general, is the clinch knot. It holds very well on a monofilament fishing line.

To tie a lure using the clinch knot on a line, follow these steps:
  • Pass the fishing line through the eye of the spinner bait lure.
  • While you are holding the tag end, spin the lure exactly 7 times.
  • Then pass the tag end through the loop that is closest to the attachment area of the spinnerbait fishing line.
  • After you pass the tag, remember to wet the knot.
  • After that, carefully cinch the knot tightly.
  • You can trim the tag end after cinching the knot tightly to remove the excess fishing line if needed.

There are also tips and tutorials available on YouTube for a step-by-step demonstration on how to tie a spinner to a clinch knot.

Best knots for fluorocarbon fishing line and braided fishing line: The Palomar Knot

The downside with using a braided fishing line or a fluorocarbon fishing line is that these lines don’t bind well on themselves compared to a mono line.

This means that certain knots, like the clinch knot, that hold well on a mono fishing line don’t hold well even if you’re using a high-end fluorocarbon line or a braided line.

Therefore, using an improved knot is the way to go for such fishing lines.

For lures that are small such as a rooster tail, the Palomar knot is a great option.

The Palomar knot is just as easy to tie as an overhand knot. It can also be tied as quickly as an overhand knot.

The Palomar knot is possibly the strongest knot that can be tied to a fishing line.

Follow these steps for tying this knot:
  • Pass the fishing line through the eye of the spinnerbait lure.
  •  Then the first loop that you make has to be a long one. While making the first loop, pass the fishing line back through the attachment area or the eye of the spinnerbait.
  • While holding the loop in one hand, hold the main line and the tag line with your other hand. Then tie an overhand knot and leave a long section of the loop-free.
  • Then pass the loop over the entire spinnerbait lure.
  • Remember to wet the knot.
  • After wetting the knot on the line, carefully cinch the knot down to ensure that it holds well.

Best knots for all fishing lines: The San Diego Jam Knot

One of the most versatile knots that hold well in any line is the San Diego Jam Knot. This knot is an improved clinch knot. This versatile knot when tied on a line is great for larger lures. The San Diego Jam Knot is especially well-known for holding well for larger lures on a fluorocarbon line.

To tie an improved clinch knot well, follow these steps:
  • Pass the fishing line through the eye of the spinnerbait lure.
  • Then pull the tag end. This will give you an adequate amount of line to work with.
  • Hold the mainline as well as the tag end together in one hand.
  • After this, wrap the tag end around the mainline and the tag line 6 times.
  • Then pass the tag end through the loop that is closest to the attachment area of the spinnerbait fishing line.
  • Then pass the tag end through the loop that is farthest from the attachment area of the spinnerbait fishing line.
  • Wet your knot.
  • Carefully cinch the knot down.

There are also tutorials and tips available on YouTube for a step-by-step demonstration on how to tie a spinner to an improved clinch knot.

Trilene Knot

The Trilene Knot is also popularly referred to as the Two Turn Clinch Knot.

The Trilene Knot is widely used in joining a fluorocarbon line or a monofilament line.

The Two Turn Clinch knot has been proven to be a highly reliable knot in most cases.

The steps to tie the Trilene Knot have been delineated as follows:
  • Pass the fishing line through the eye of the spinnerbait lure.
  • Repeat the first step twice (loop de loop).
  • Then you have to wrap the tag around the line exactly 5 times in the direction that leads away from the lure. This makes a balloon shape.
  • After this, allow the tag end to pass through the loop de loop.
  • Wet your knot.
  • Cinch the knot down very carefully.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you attach a spinner bait?

Rigging a spinnerbait is very easy. You just have to attach a spinnerbait to the blade with a fishing line using a knot.

How do you tie a spinner rig?

Follow these steps:

  1. First attach the swivel (spinner swivel) to the eye of the hook.
  2. Slide on the kicker
  3. Cover the swivel and hook
  4. The hook ring swivel is applied
  5. Cut the braid line and attach it
  6. Tie on the swivel
  7. Thread a hooklink sleeve onto the braid
  8. Apply the hook bait
  9. Make sure that your bait is well-balanced
  10. Steam the hooklink.

What is the best knot to tie on a spinnerbait?

One of the best knots to tie on a spinnerbait to catch fish is the clinch knot if you're using a monofilament line for fishing. If you're using a fluorocarbon line or a braided line, the palomar knot is ideal for small lures and the improved clinch knot is perfect for larger lures. 

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