Berkley’s PowerBait Infused Spinnerbaits – The Power Blade
the next day the Power Blade prototypes continued to deliver, amounting for both
numbers and quality fish. I think part of the reason the baits were so effective
was because the water we were fishing in Florida was stained and the size of the
different blades that Dan had prepared combined with the white skirting made for
a deadly combo in these conditions. The addition of Power Bait scent was an
Dan digs through his remaining
At one point during the trip
even jig expert Gary Klein asked what the hot bait we were fishing as he could
see, and hear, us putting the hurt on the fish from the other side of the lake.
Dan dug out a few more of those prototypes and shared them with the other boat.
Over the course of the entire trip my confidence in the Power Blade grew with
each fish we caught.
Sharing the PowerBlades with other
Pro Anglers including Gary Klein
We were getting a lot of
quality bites and I started to wonder just how much of this was a result of the
bait design, or using the right blades for the environment, and just how much of
this was a benefit of the Power Bait infused skirts. I had to wrap my head
around the idea of Power Bait in a spinnerbait. The use of Power Bait in jigs
made a lot of sense to me as fish often inhale and spit out jigs and that extra
second that they hold onto a jig during this process can make a huge difference
in converting strikes into hooked fish.
I don't typically fish large
Colorado blades very much personally but they proved very effective in the
Spinnerbaits are different
and are moving baits where fish usually commit and hook themselves during the
initial strike. The Power Bait skirts are designed to put out a scent trail and
I have seen fish test-bump spinnerbaits, so perhaps the added scent can help in
these types of situations. I personally am a big fan of Power Bait and Maxscent
lures like Flat Worms and Chigger Craws and view the addition of Power Bait into
the Power Blade skirts as a bonus factor to an already strong blade design.
A look at the various prototype
configurations. After the trip to Florida I started fishing the mass production
baits in our home waters in Northern California
Soon after my first
experience in Florida I received the mass production baits and was able to
experiment with some more colors and blade patterns in my home water. I tried a
variety of different trailers and ultimately found the effectiveness of the bait
was similar with and without a trailer, except when there was a particular type
of hatch. For example, when I observed a lot of baitfish in the water and added
a trailer to increase the length of the bait or match a color, I did receive
some more strikes, but it wasn’t anywhere close to 2X the number of strikes per
A look at the conical style bait
keeper that keeps baits pinned from all angles
The conical style bait keeper
molded onto the Fusion 19 hook does a good job keeping trailers pinned on
without ripping them. I found myself using a lot of Keitechs and Jackall Rhythm
Waves as trailers and found Berkley's new Power Stinger (a bait originally
designed for bladed jigs) also worked well, especially after the spawn when
there were a lot of juvenile fish in the water. This bait also adds even more
PowerBait to the equation which can be a confidence booster in itself.
I use a lot of Keitech and Jackall
trailers on spinnerbaits and also tried the new Berkley PowerStinger
Besides changing the profile
of the bait another reason that I like to add a trailer is to increase weight.
When fishing in shallow or clear water I forgo the trailer to keep the bait
higher up in the water column which enables me to burn the bait over grass or
navigate clear water quickly. The opposite is often true in stained water or
when I want to fish deeper and slower and that added weight of a trailer helps
get the Power Blade to run deeper.
A PowerStinger used as a trailer
adding a longer baitfish profile to the Power Blade
As with other spinnerbaits
proper blade selection can increase effectiveness depending on conditions. In
general, the do-it-all combination is the standard Willow and Colorado blade
configuration, but I do find myself gravitating more towards double willow
setups because of their ability to fish throughout the water column a bit more,
and I like the schooling baitfish effect this amalgamation so effectively
replicates. The large Colorado single or dual blade configuration is the one
that I probably fish the least, but I always carry one in my boat for fishing in
lower light and in dirty water. These blades are great for slow rolling as they
displace a lot of water and thump hard helping fish key onto the bait when
visibility isn’t great. There are some anglers that only fish big Colorado
blades at night.
Fishing the Power Blade at the
The good news is that Dan and
the team at Berkley didn’t just test the water releasing a single bait
configuration in just a few colors. They went all-in releasing multiple blade
configurations with both plated and painted blades, four different sizes that
feature different head and blade sizes, and a dizzying array of color patterns
to select from. Whether you are fishing clear or stained water, or want to burn
or slow roll your blades, there is likely a configuration in the Power Blade
lineup that will meet your application and preferred spinnerbait fishing style.
They even launched both standard and compact sizes so that these spinnerbaits
can be used for multiple species beyond bass.
The Power Blade skirts flare very
nicely in the water and the bait tracks true at all speeds
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