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for Post-Spawners


it can be hard to get post- spawners to bite. They may have moved down deep or buried into thick cover, and may be biologically programmed to not eat anything until they recuperate from the rigors of spawning, says Maniac Lures pro- staffer Wayne Crowder from Salt Lake City, Utah. So how do you deal with that? You need to try to nd some catchable sh by covering lots of water looking for active sh that have shaken off the postspawn blues. Those would be the sh that have spawned earliest, so they’re going to be out chasing after bait sh earlier during postspawn too. The 6” Maniac Minnow is a good swimbait to search for these sh, and you may be able to pick up some of those late spawners that are still lingering on the nests too. The 6” Maniac Minnow is pretty heavy for a piece of plastic. You just need some weight to help guide it. I like to throw it on a 1/4 oz jig head most of the time, but go up to 1/2 oz in deeper wa- ter. I use a jig head shaped like a sh head. I like to throw it right off the spawning areas where a at meets deep water. Especially in an area where there are sudden drop-offs, I want a fast-diving swimbait, and when rigged with a jig head, the 6” Maniac Minnow dives down quickly head rst, and with that curly tail, it gives it way more action. It has a different tail from a standard swimbait because it has a very active curly tail and a lot more ash than your standard swimbait’s wobble. I will also use a 4/0 or 5/0 shank-weighted hook with a cork- screw wire keeper if I am shing in weeds or brush. The shank- weighted hook utters and falls more slowly. So it depends on what I am shing. If near a drop-off to deeper water, I lke the faster fall of the jighead. If on a at area with a lot of weeds or brush or snags, then I may use the shank-weighted hook with corkscrew keeper. Key spots for postspawners that are on or near the ats are where some reeds extend further out, or maybe there is a log or some bushes or some sunken structure where those sh can recuperate after moving off the nests. Occasionally, I’ll also throw up into the shallows to see if there is an active late spawner that will follow and bump it or eat it because they are protecting the nest. Some days the sh are just not in the mood to chase the swimbait. Msybe I am going down a whole bank that looks good. You know how it is, you can cover 100 yards of bank, and then in 5 to 10 yards, the sh are grouped there for some reason. So if I got followers there or got nipped on the Maniac Minnow, then I try the Maniac Salt Stick in 4” and 5” sizes in that same area. Take a Maniac Salt Stick and throw it out there and do nothing but let it sink. In this case, you cannot go wrong with the wacky rig or standard weightless Texas rig. So I throw the 6” Minnow during postspawn as a discovery bait and then slow down to soak the Salt Stick when and where I found bass with the Minnow.

Going Fast and Slow


One real nice thing about Maniac Baits is they have several distinctive colors you don’t see anywhere else. They have one color in the Salt Stick that looks kind of like an earthworm how it has that oily sheen to it. In fact, a few of the Salt Stick colors have that cool sheen to them, especially the Changeable Craw color and of course, you cannot go wrong with Maniac’s standard baby bass color. Maniac Minnow swimbait colors I like are Smoke Blue Pearl, Pearl White, Blue Magic and the pearlescent green as well. BWU

Fish Like a Maniac!

Cut’r Bugs

1.5”, 2.5”, 3.5”

Paddle tail worms


maniaC salt stiCks

3”, 4”, 5”


2”, 3”, 6”



March/April 2011