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Burn Baby Burn! Why You’re Fishing Your Autumn Spinnerbaits Way Too Slow

Burn Baby Burn

How to drive largemouth, smallmouth, northern pike and muskies crazy in the cold, clear water of fall

In the current 2016 Hunting Special edition of Outdoor Canada magazine, I detailed how Kevin VanDam, the winningest bass angler of all time, won the Jack Link’s Major League Fishing 2014 General Tire Summit Cup.

If you watched KVD triumph in the event, you know that he set a one-day Major League Fishing record of 82-pounds, 7-ounces of smallmouth bass, whichalmost equaled the combined weight of the second, third and fourth place finishers.

You also know that Kevin’s lure of choice was a 1/2-ounce Strike King spinnerbait that he threw into water that was so shallow he could have waded to shore.  He also retrieved the lure as quickly as possible, burning it just under the surface, so close to the air/water interface that the water was often bulging.

I’ve had the good fortune, several times now, to share the boat with Kevin and watch him perform his magic. Trust me, it is pure poetry in motion. Especially when he hauls back and casts, and you watch his lure sail out of sight.

Which is what he did that September day, two years ago, when he burned a spinnerbait for fall smallmouth—as I explain in the following short video—and put the hurt not only on the fish, but all of the other anglers as well.

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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