When Spinnerbaits Go Gitzit
This article tells you how to use a Gitzit as
a trailer for a big bass spinnerbait. Then it tells you how to
use a Gitzit as the entire spinnerbait body - not just the
trailer! You can use this spinnerbait Gitzit as a fast way to
find bass and quickly detect unseen underwater cover. Once found,
you slow down and fish Gitzits on lightweight Insider jig heads!
Please read on, I think you are going to enjoy this.
Many anglers like to attach trailer baits to skirted
spinnerbaits. They reason it makes a spinnerbait bulkier, which
may represent a more appealing mouthful to bigger bass!
Personally, I try to get away without using trailers if I can.
There is often enough attraction, vibration and water movement
already going on from the spinnerbait blades and skirt. I would
rather go to a bigger blade size (offset by a slightly heavier
spinnerbait head and hook) to attract big bass. However, there
are those days when a trailer bags more bass than a trailerless
Spinnerbait Trailer Hooks.
Some anglers are also concerned about short-striking fish
that may grab at the spinnerbait trailer but miss the hook point.
To nab short strikers, they attach a second extra single hook
which has a wide eye that slips over the spinnerbait hook and
hangs off the bend. The trailer hook point should face up. All
hook manufacturers (Eagle Claw, Mustad, Owner, Gamakatsu, VMC,
etc.) make a model or two of these special spinnerbait trailer
Gitzits go great
when you need both a spinnerbait trailer and a spinnerbait
trailer hook. Quite often, a trailer hook fouls or gets out of
kilter, but by sheathing it in a Gitzit, the trailer hook swings
around less and snags less. Merely thread the Gitzit onto the
trailer hook so that the eye of the trailer hook is enclosed
within and pressed up against the inside nose of the Gitzit. Then
slip the point of the spinnerbait hook in the bottom of the
Gitzit, through the eye of the trailer hook and right on out the
top of the Gitzit. The Gitzit should sit perfectly straight.
For starters, try a copper blade, a chartreuse skirt, and a
pearl white Gitzit trailer. It is truly a great color combo in
clear or dirty water, and in cool water. Both big largemouth and
smallmouth love it when spinnerbaits go Gitzit!
Your Pleasure. This next technique is for using
not one but two 3 3/4" Gitzits. If you can conveniently fish
with two rods, then always use one rod with a plain 3 3/4"
Gitzit on an Insider Lead Head. Use a second rod with a 3
3/4" Gitzit rigged on a spinnerbait arm. You will need the
following spinnerbait components. Here's how to make one:
Spinnerbait Heads. The Stamina web site provides a mail order
catalog of quality components for you to make your own bass
lures. For Gitzits, I prefer Stamina's unpainted bullet
spinnerbait heads. The bullet head look similar to a Texas Rig
weight on an R-bend spinnerbait arm. With Gitzits, I prefer
Stamina's 1/8 oz. and 1/4 oz. sizes which have long, strong 2/0
and 3/0 Mustad NeedlePoint round bend hooks.
Swivel. I often use more economical ball bearing and
crane swivels on other spinnerbaits. However, on the Gitzit
spinnerbait, I prefer the higher-priced but best-spinning
size #1 or #2 ball bearing swivel by Sampo
Indiana Blade: This blade doesn't flash as
much as a Willow or vibrate as much as a Colorado. It isn't
as wide as a Colorado or as long as a Willow. An Indiana is the
subtlest blade, and the best match for non-aggressive fish or
spooky fish in clear water. In short, an Indiana blade is the
best match for a Gitzit. Try size #3, #4 or #5 Indiana blades on
the 1/8 and 1/4 oz. bullet heads.
Bending Board. Finally, you will need to bend
the loop that attaches the spinnerbait swivel to the wire arm. I
just make a bending board out of a piece of plywood. I lay one
spinnerbait down on the board, and hammer thin headless finishing
nails into the plywood dead center through the R-eye, and dead
center against the inside of the hook bend. These two nails hold
the lure solidly. Then I hammer a third nail behind the wire arm
where I want to bend a loop in the arm. When I am ready to twist
a few arms, I just impale a spinnerbait body on the two bottom
nails, grab the tip of the wire arm with needle nose vise grips,
and bend the wire around the top nail. Cut the wire flush. Slip
the swivel and blade onto the loop. Bend it closed with needle
nose pliers. Thread the Gitzit onto the hook and superglue it to
the lead collar where you would otherwise use a skirt. Before
casting, spray down the entire spinnerbait including swivel and
blade with a fine mist of Bang fish attractant spray. It's that
Now you've done it. What you've done is
assemble a special purpose spinnerbait. If you could ever
classify a spinnerbait as a finesse bait, this Gitzit rig is it!
If you do not know where either bass or underwater cover are
located, merely prospect an entire area with the spinnerbait
Gitzit. The 1/4 oz. size covers water faster and deeper than the
1/8 oz. bullet spinnerbait head. Always try just above bottom.
That is how you will find hidden underwater cover, which can be a
treasure trove of bass. In deep water, you can also quickly
prospect mid-depth water for suspended fish as well. Either
mid-water or bottom, the fast-moving spinnerbait allows you to
quickly spot-check a lot of water. Once you hit fish or you bang
the spinnerbait off hidden cover, put the spinnerbait rod down.
Pick up the plain Gitzit rod and flip a lightly-weighted Gitzit
back at the location of the bass or the cover that you just
discovered on the spinnerbait. Just use the same color of Gitzit
on both the spinnerbait rod and the plain Gitzit rod...or you can
use "typical" spinnerbait colors like white, black or
chartreuse versus more natural, subdued colors on the plain lead
Find them then finesse them. The plain
Gitzit on a lighter weight Insider jig head falls more slowly
with more action that lures more fish than the spinnerbait...but
you can thank the spinnerbait Gitzit for finding them quickly in
the first place!
At night or in very deep water, use the
bigger 3/8, 1/2 and even 3/4 oz. sizes of Stamina bullet
spinnerbait heads. These all have strong, long 5/0 Mustad
NeedlePoint hooks. Glue on a 5" Magnum Gitzit. It's a big
body which presents a solid profile and highly visible target in
deep water slow-rolled near bottom or at night. Expect bass to
lunge at it. Both black and white are great colors night or day.
Use either Willows for more flash in light or Colorado blades for
more vibration and slower retrieve at night.
Just smile and thank your lucky stars when spinnerbaits go