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Spin to Win: Panfish Secrets for Catching Limits on Spinners

No lure outperforms spin baits for landing more bluegills, white bass, perch and crappie.

Spin to Win: Panfish Secrets for Catching Limits on Spinners

Stick to smaller versions of spinners when targeting small-mouthed panfish species like bluegills. (Photo by Keith Sutton)

Few fishing lures have stood the test of time like the spinnerbait. In America, it’s generally thought that "Big John" Hildebrandt put the first spinner on a shaft in the late 1800s when he fashioned a thin dime and one of his wife’s hairpins into a workable lure. The commonly used safety-pin spinner appeared in the early 1950s, and the Blakemore Road Runner—the first spinner—came along in 1958.

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