If you're banking it...casting and retrieving...and the current flow is low like it is now...and it's a foggy, cloudy, maybe drizzly day...all black spinners will KILL 'em! Black body, black blade, black clevis, and even black tubing over hook shank. I make my own. Size 2 or 3.
The recommendation I got (from a guide that knows his stuff) is to add a 4-0 trailing hook an inch or 2 behind the treble that comes on the 3.5 spinner.Thanks for all the replies. I went out yesterday trolling a Simon 3.5 in Mexican hat color. I had 3 take downs, one was hooked and all came off at some point. My friend had one take down on a green and yellow Simon, also did not get hooked. Those loss rates are unacceptable, it’s time to take the stock hooks off and rebuild. Has anyone else he terrible landing ratios trolling Simon spinners behind a pro troll?
I was running 6 oz cannon balls. After maybe being a little jumpy on the first take, I left the rod in the holder and kept trolling until line was pulling off of the reel with the 2nd and 3rd fish. I’ve been trolling plug cut bait for a long time and I’ve never had such terrible landing ratesI have hooked alot and lost alot on the spinner/protroll and I find that getting a good Hookset is hard, so I try to set the hook by throttling up until the rod is in hand and angler is reeling. The other thing to consider is the amount of weight used. When trolling with weight upwards of 12oz it can be difficult to differentiate between fighting the fish and fighting the weight. So fighting through the weight and making sure to feel the headshakes/fish is crucial. Others might have different opinions but this is what I have found to help in my "success".