Bassmaster Classic Champion and angler-of-the-year bass tournament angler Mike "Ike" Iaconelli is talking about a hot new technique that's catching lots of hard-to-catch bass. The technique is spybaiting or fishing spybaits (also spelled "spy baiting" or "spy baits" or known as "spin baits" or "spinbaiting" in different circles). When Mike first tried the spybait, he was confused as to why this topwater prop bait was sinking. He's since learned that it's not a topwater prop bait, and is here to share with all the Bass University students what he has learned about making bass bite with this finesse hard bait.

Quick Links to Spybait and Spinbait Topics in this Bass Fishing Class

  • 6:20 Why fish with spinbaits?
  • 8:00 Why does a spybait work?
  • 11:35 Spybait types
  • 14:00 How to build a soft plastic spybait
  • 19:30 Blade features 
  • 22:00 Spybait colors and sizes
  • 27:40 Conditions for spybaiting
  • 30:30 How to fish a spybait
  • 32:00 Spybait retrieves
  • 34:25 Horizontal fishing conditions 
  • 43:00 Spybait bass fishing equipment

In this 50-minute seminar with Mike Iaconelli, you will learn:

  • When and why to fish a spybait - learn the conditions and situations where this bait and technique excel and help you catch pressured bass
  • Why do fish eat a spybait? Learn what's so appealing about a sinking lure that has almost no action, sound or vibration
  • Differences between hard spybaits and soft plastic spinbaits (including a tutorial on making your own soft spybait with a VMC Ike Approved Wacky Weedless Jig Head)
  • Selecting the right size and color of spybaits - these lures, particularlly the hard plastic ones can get pretty expensive, and you want to be sure you've got the right one for your body of water
  • Learn how seasons, weather, water temperature and water clarity effect the bass's willingness to eat a spinbait
  • Most effective cast/retrieve for fishing a spinbait
  • Rod, reel, line, and hooks for spybaiting & spinbaiting (spinning and baitcasting)
  • What to do if you're getting short strikes on this bait
  • Mike answers Bass University student questions about the spybaiting technique


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