discussion boards and other kayak publications. But, like the Highlander, I am never farfrom my blade. For those of you who are new to spinnerbait fishing I have included afew important and easy to remember tactics to catch more Spinnerbait fish in the bays.If you are tossing into rock piles and shallow structure such as docks and weeds bedsthe bass will often times slam the bait within moments of it hitting the water. This is dueto their predatory instincts and defense mechanisms. For this reason I try to have myreel engaged (in gear)the moment the bait hits its target. There is nothing morefrustrating than missing an opportunity to set the hook cleanly because of a birds nest orto much slack.A gentle arch cast will put enough slack into my cast to give me the depth I am lookingfor. So with this in mind I engage my reel just after the spinnerbait starts its decent.Then, hopefully, when it gently plops into the water next to the dock or rock pile I justcount it down quickly 1,2,3 . . and start my retrieve. Practice this method and you willeliminate most of the small overcast birds nets that plaque even the most skilledspinnerbait fishermen.Make an accurate cast the first time and don't be afraid to bump the rocks andmomentarily kill the bait. You can let it fall all the way to the bottom and then burn itback to the surface.Fishing visible structure: empty docks, pilings, etc.When possible cast your bait up under the docks or piers and always parallel to thedocks. Cast as far back as possible into the shallow water and work your way out. If your not getting bit try letting the bait sink on the cast and dead stick it for a fewmoments then a few twitch movements and then burn it back. This method just mayaggravate the fish into striking.Be sure to hit both sides of all pilings, rocks and any visible structure breaks. (Hit theshadow side first if possible)Fishing the eelgrass beds and deep coverSpotted Bass Love eelgrass! It affords them the three most important elements, Coverfrom the sun, Protection from the elements and other predictors and an abundance of food. I have found that the best eelgrass beds are those in about 6' of water. I also findthat this area is better on the incoming tide. This depth leaves about 4' of water over theeelgrass. The fish are coming into the area with a new attitude with the sole purpose of feeding.Cast your spinnerbait into the shallower area and pull it out towards the deep area. Let itget right into the grass. A twitches and a couple of cranks on the handle and your baitwill be sliding through the eelgrass with an enticing vibration and a "Bite Me" attitude.Don't get discouraged if you don't get bit quickly just keep at it, the fish are there.Hint; wear a pair of Polaroid glasses to take the sun's glare off the water. This will allowyou to keep better track of your baits.