Frink goes with a swimbait-style trailer on his heavy spinnerbaits, most of the time. The body of the swimbait bulks up the overall presentation, again making it as easy to see as possible. But he’ll change the size of his swimbait in certain situations.
“If I’m fishing really shallow and I want to kind of keep it up more, having a thicker trailer with a bigger tail helps,” Frink said. “I like that little bit of extra kick from the tail, too. If I want to get the bait a little deeper, I’ll use a smaller swimbait with a thinner tail or even drop all the way back to a curly tail worm.”
If you’re a fan of fishing shallow, muddy water, it’s a good idea to give a heavy spinnerbait with a big blade a try. Having sampled this technique a bit myself, I can attest to the part about your bait staying true and running straight more. This has led to fewer snags for sure.
Just be careful not to fish the bait too quickly. Since the bait will stay upright on a faster retrieve, there’s the tendency to fish too fast. But if you pay attention to your retrieve and gauge the aggressiveness of the fish, you can back off to a lighter head and perhaps even a slightly smaller blade, and you’ll eventually dial in the perfect heavy spinnerbait combo to fish shallow.