Spybaiting: What is this new technique taking North America by storm?

There is a new fishing technique taking North America by storm. What is it you ask? It is called spybaiting. Spybaiting is a finesse technique that originated in Japan. As with all new techniques, it does take some getting used to. Spybaiting entails spinning gear, light line, and sinking prop bait. What? Yes, a sinking prop bait.

Spybaiting fishing technique

The Bait

The bait used for this technique is a DUO Realis 60 and 80. The Realis 60mm long and weighs 4.5 grams and the Realis 80 is 80mm in length and weighs 9.4 grams. It comes in a different assortment of colors, (16 to be exact), to fit your fishing conditions. This bait has propellers on either end of the bait . According to the DUO website, “the heavy weight body settings have realized a top of the class casting ability. Furthermore, the fast sinking rate has limited the lure to surface, allowing anglers to trace a deeper range. The micro pulsation will perform for you at various fields including small to large ponds and super deep reservoirs.” This bait has an action that mimics baitfish’s true swimming action under the water. Once retrieved, the props move giving this bait an unbelievable action. The micro pulsation created from the smooth rotation of the props, the natural rolling of the body from its straight action and its lush flashing will mesmerize most basses in the field.

The Gear

The heavy weight of these baits allows for great casting ability. Since this bait is used for “silent” attacks, you will want to cast this bait far from the boat to your designated spot and then retrieve it. The prop design was designated to give the bait a smooth rotation in which creates a rolling action mimics a baitfish’s natural swimming action.

Since this bait is for finesse fishing, the gear you will need is a spinning rod, (6’6 to 7’ in length), light line, (4-8 lbs), and of course the Realis of your choice.   That is it.

Species of Fish to Target

This lure will catch you both largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, pike, and other predatory fish.

So, get out there and try it for yourself!

Reel Spooling to Save a few Bucks

You’ve just picked up that brand new reel and now you’re ready to spool it with some of that expensive braided fishing line. Here’s a tip that will save you a few bucks down the road.

If you’re like me you probably tie the line straight to the spool and start winding away until the reel spool is full or until you run out of line.  Ask yourself this, “Why?”  Will you ever use all 150 yards of that expensive line before you change it out again?  Not likely.  Try this instead.

Let’s say we have a 20-25 size spinning reel that we’re going to spool up with 10lb test braid for our jigging rod. Typically a reel that size will hold about 140 yards of 8 lb test.  To verify, check the reel spool – capacities are usually printed on the side.

Instead of tying the braid directly to the spool, use some cheaper 10 lb monofilament line to kick things off.  Using mono will also prevent your line from slipping on the spool with that slick braided line.  Reel on about 3/4 or just over half the capacity of your spool with the mono.  That will probably be about 50-70 yards.  Don’t worry about measuring, just eye it.

Connect your monofilament line to your braided line using a uni-to-uni knot.

You have about 50-70 yards monofilament left of capacity on your reel. But braided line is significantly thinner than mono at the same test. Example, my 10lb Suffix 832 Superline has the diameter of typical 4 lb monofilament which means I can put much more line on.

Now, top off the reel spool with the superline – don’t overfill the spool! Check your reel manual, it will indicate the proper fill line.  Usually about 1/8″ from the rim of the spool.

About half your new line will be on your reel, so about 70 yards.  Since this is a jigging rod, I will also tie 4-6 feet of 10-12 lb flourocarbon as a leader (uni-to-uni knot) – flouro is invisible under water, low stretch and highly abrasion resistant, perfect for attaching directly to jigs.

Doesn’t sound like much line compared to the 150 yards you purchased but consider this:

  • Your casting distance on a jigging rod is probably between 40-60 yards. Myself, I don’t try to launch stratospheric casts.
  • With proper setup and good skill, a bass or walleye isn’t going to strip your spool of all the line.  A monster pike or musky might but at that point you’re on your own!
  • Using the flouro leader, your break offs won’t consume much, if any, of your superline
  • You retain the sensitivity of the superline without having to spool it all on

Your superline will wear but it will mainly be from abrasion on structure and/or your rod guides. You can simply cut off the worn parts and tie on new leads.  Optionally, you can strip off the braid, cut it at the connection to the mono, and reconnect to the mono using the worn end of your super line.  The fresh, likely unused portion of the line will be ready to go.

As you get to know your fishing style and reel capacity you’ll figure out what amounts work best for you. The above is a good starting point. I’ve worked my way to using only about a third of my new line at a time.  That leaves more line available to other reels or respools, and more change for bait!

Let me know what you think of this tip and if you do something similar or different to save a few bucks on fishing line!