Colorado Blade Spinnerbaits

Colorado Blade Spinnerbaits for Pre-Spawn Bass with Nick LeBrun

Nick LeBrun, FLW Tour Professional, finished with a close 2nd place finish in the 2019 FLW Tour Event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, and did most of his work using The Big LeBoom Spinnerbait by V&M. The Big LeBoom is a single Colorado blade spinnerbait in ¾-ounce size.  

The Big LeBoom, a final prototype at Rayburn, played a key role in Nick’s finish, due to the heavy rains leading up to the event. The rains muddied up Rayburn, and flooded most of the shallow grass that Nick had found in practice, creating an influx of cold, muddy water, with fish pushed up on early pre-spawn staging areas.

In speaking with Nick following the tournament on Sam Rayburn, he provided some insight on when, where, and how he utilizes his name-sake lure – The Big LeBoom – to catch fish across the country.

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Colorado Blade Spinnerbaits: When to Throw

Similarly to the conditions on Sam Rayburn, single Colorado blade spinnerbaits tend to work best in colder water situations. One of the best times to throw single Colorado blade spinnerbaits is when the fish are pre-spawn patterns, moving back towards shallow spawning areas.

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During this time of year, bass are looking for bigger meals, aggressively feeding up getting ready for the spawn.  Photo Credit: Jody White

The big profile from a ¾-ounce spinnerbait, like the V&M LeBoom, with the big body and #6 size blade, provides bass an easy target and big meal that can be presented slowly through the water column. Another great time to throw this bait is when you’re fishing around targets all year long, particularly in stained or muddy water.  

Outside of the pre-spawn, when bass are keying in on the thump from the blade and body profile, stained or muddy water is key to throwing this bait. It has a lot of drawing power in that dirtier water and because of that, it can pull fish out away from cover more effectively than other baits that have less water displacement. The big blade allows for the bait to move a lot of water and draw a lot of attention, even during the warmer months around targets.

Colorado Blade Spinnerbaits: Why to Throw

There are three main features of a single Colorado blade spinnerbait that seem to shine in the pre-spawn. The thump from the blade, the size or profile of the bait, and the ability to fish it slowly through a strike zone where bass live.

These three features combined, make this bait so effective in cold water.  

During the pre-spawn when this bait really shines, you’re attracting to most of the main needs a bass has; a big meal, an easy target, and that thump, particularly in cold water seems to trigger the biggest fish in an area.

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Colorado Blade Spinnerbaits: Where to Throw

One of the most productive areas to fish The Big LeBoom, is around pre-spawn staging areas – in particular, the last staging area that bass will pull up on before they move up to spawn.  While it will work at all stages throughout the spawning transitions, that last staging area, whether it’s a ditch leading to the back of a creek, or an inside grass line like at Sam Rayburn, those late stage pre-spawners are most aggressive and looking for the biggest meal possible.

Typically the best areas to target as staging spots also feature some sort of hard cover.

Especially during the early season in cold water, hardcover tends to warm up faster and hold heat a little better, as well as giving bass a defined ambush point where they can feed up before spawning. On Sam Rayburn, one of Nick’s key areas was the last staging area outside of a spawning flat with some timber on it. Nick targeted this timber using The Big LeBoom, bumping the cover to trigger reaction strikes from his fish all week long.

Colorado Blade Spinnerbaits: Bait Selection – Color and Weight

Color selection is very dependent on your body of water – water color, clarity, and forage types. On lakes where bass are heavily focused on shad, colors like Threadfin shad or White are go-to choices in the Big LeBoom lineup. On bodies of water with large bluegill or crawfish populations, however, Black tends to shine. Something about the black blade and silhouette of the bait will trigger strikes from bass even in moderately stained water.

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When approaching a new lake, when possible, keep an open mind, tie on a white-based color and a black single Colorado blade spinnerbait, and let the fish dictate which color you throw. Photo Credit: FLW

With regards to lure weight – keep it simple. Allow the depth of the water you’re fishing to dictate the weight of the spinnerbait you’re throwing and make small adjustments with retrieve speed. By nature, the big single Colorado blade has a lot of lift on the bait, so you can get away with a ¾-ounce LeBoom spinnerbait in water 10-feet or less.  Anything more than 10-feet of water, it is recommended that you go up in size to a 1-ounce bait or heavier.

Colorado Blade Spinnerbaits: Trailers and Trailer Hooks

Often times with a big Colorado blade spinnerbait, you don’t need to add a trailer or trailer hook to the bait. The profile and thump of the bait coming through the water, as well as the slow speed you can fish the bait, eliminates the need for extra bulk that might also cause the bait to rise up in the water.  Fishing the lure without a trailer will allow you to keep the bait lower in the water column with less overall lift on the bait.

Colorado Blade Spinnerbaits: The Gear

Nick LeBrun credits his gear as playing a key role in how he presents The Big LeBoom. As mentioned above, he keeps his weight selection to either a ¾-ounce or 1-ounce bait, and keeps his gear the same as well.

The rod Nick uses is a Fitzgerald Rods, Bryan Thrift Series – Frog Rod. This is a 7’2” Baitcasting rod – medium-heavy power, with a moderate-fast action. The moderate fast action is important when fishing a big spinnerbait, because if a bass bites on the end of a long cast, it allows the fish to inhale the lure without pulling the hook away from them on the hook set. Nick’s recommended reel is also from Fitzgerald Fishing, and it’s the new Fitzgerald Stunner model in 6.3:1 gear ratio.

Reeling the bait slowly is key, so having a reel with a slower gear ratio helps keep the bait moving slowly, but you also need the power to be able to get the fish moving towards the boat.

Line size also stays the same, regardless of what size weight Nick uses or where he’s throwing the bait.  Nick uses 18-pound Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon because it gives him the confidence to fish the bait in and around cover without having to worry about breaking fish off.

No matter where you are in the country, a big Colorado blade spinnerbait like The V&M Big LeBoom, can be a player to help you catch big fish. From cold water in the early season; to mid-season muddy backwaters, a big spinnerbait will help you put some giant bass in the boat this year. Hopefully these tips will help you have the confidence needed to go throw this bait and catch some giants!


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Ben Nowak

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