Hack Attack spinnerbait is big-bass bait in November

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If it’s November, it’s time to throw a big spinnerbait with two big blades or a single, big blade, according to pro Greg Hackney of Gonzales, host of Louisiana Sportsman TV.

“You know, honestly, my favorite bait in November is a spinnerbait. By far, that’s our best choice in November,” he said.

Hackney said there are a few good reasons he prefers a spinnerbait on the business end of his 6-foot-10 Lew’s Hack Attack spinnerbait/buzzbait rod between late October and early December. 

For starters, Hackney said, November is Louisiana’s fall season.

“The other thing we have is, our fish are in prespawn. A lot of fish, especially in the marsh, spawn (as early as) January,” he said. 

Plus, Hackney, a 15-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, said a Hack Attack spinnerbait with a big profile generally catches larger bass.

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“One of my biggest bags was caught out of Henderson Lake, mostly on a spinnerbait, some on a jig, but mostly on the spinnerbait. Again, I was just looking for quality bites. They eat big stuff in November,” he said.

When to use each model

Now’s the time for a ½-ounce spinnerbait, either double- or single-bladed. If you want to go deeper in the water column, use a model with two big Colorado blades (Nos. 4 and 5), higher in the water column, two willow-leaf blades (Nos. 4 and 5). If you want a single, big willow-leaf or Colorado blade (Nos. 3 and 5). If it’s overcast, throw gold blades; if it’s sunny, use nickel.

“You can keep a bait up high in the water column and don’t have to reel fast,” Hackney said of the double willow-leaf models.

Hackney prefers “mouse-colored” skirts, aka shad-colored, in clear or blackwater and chartreuse/blue/white in water that’s somewhat stained. If it’s really muddy, he said, he’ll go to lime/chartreuse or chartreuse. He’ll sometimes add a soft-plastic trailer.

“I’ll tell you this, I’ll use a trailer if I need to slow-roll the bait. Otherwise, no,” he said, choosing a curlytail for slow-rolling and a split-tail in other situations.

Hackney’s ties his spinnerbaits it to either 20-pound Gamma Edge fluorocarbon or 20-pound test Gamma co-polymer monofilament, the former if he’s fishing grass beds, not targeting anything specific and making l-o-n-g casts.

“But if I’m up close,, what I call ‘plinking’ (targeting nearby wood structure and cypress trees), I use the monofilament,” said Hackney, who uses a Lew’s BB1 Pro Speed Spool (6.4:1 ratio) reel because it has a wide spool.

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Don Shoopman fishes for freshwater and saltwater species mostly in and around the Atchafalaya Basin and Vermilion Bay. He moved to the Sportsman’s Paradise in 1976, and he and his wife June live in New Iberia. They have two grown sons.