As an increasing number of bass anglers have discovered, the Mack’s Lure Stan’s Spin spinnerbait can be fished effectively in more than one way.
In my previous column I told how Grant Olguin, a tournament bass angler from San Ramon, California, used it to take spotted bass and some dandy trout from California’s Lake Shasta.
Grant Olguin does a good bit of his bass fishing on the California Delta. He often flips his Stan's Spin spinnerbait to the edge of the cover and lets it fall straight down.
You may have already bumped into Grant at outdoor shows in the California area. He is one of the pros who works with the Zebco/Quantum people and is often present at their show booths. Now 34 years old, Grant has been fishing since he was 10. His dad taught him the basics when he was still just a little guy.
Lake Shasta isn’t the only place Olguin has done well with the Stan’s Spin. This California bass fishing specialist has also been fishing it on the Delta. So far he’s not hooked one of those potbellied hogs for which the Delta is famous, but he figures there’s a good chance he will. “I’ve taken lots of 3 and 4-pound fish out of the Delta,” Grant says. “I’ve been flipping the Stan’s up next to the weedlines and just letting it drop.”
If you read my previous column you’re aware that’s the same thing Grant did with his Stan’s Spin when he scored so well with it on Lake Shasta. He simply flips the lure up close to the cover and then lets it drop straight down on a slack line.
If you’ve fished pork and plastic baits you know it’s not uncommon for bass to pick them up as the lure drops. Chances are you’re also aware that if you’re allowing your bait to drop in free fall it’s essential to watch your line as you do so. “Be alert to the slightest line movement,” Grant warns, “It may be the only warning you’ll have that a fish has picked your bait.”
Olguin throws his Stan’s Spin on 12-pound test line when fishing at Lake Shasta. He loads his reel with 20-pound test when searching for bass on the Delta. The Delta, as anyone familiar with that extensive California waterway knows, is home to some really big largemouth. These lunkers are the result of the introduction of Florida strain bass into the Delta’s productive waters a number of years ago.
Olguin knows what a big Delta bass looks like. “That’s where my largest bass so far came from,” he says. “We didn’t weigh it before it was released, but we estimated its weight at from 12 to 13-pounds.”
The Stan’s Spin Grant Olguin has used so effectively is the one Mack’s Lure calls its silver shad. Its specific number is 50406. Eyeball this spinnerbait up close and careful and you’ll find it has a white and black body and a silicone skirt with black and clear strands. The lure’s metal Colorado blade is a hammered nickel finish. The Mylar blade is nickel on the outside and gold on the inside.
The Stan’s Spin color Grant has done well with are much the same as those I’ve used to good advantage in my own fishing. Chartreuse and white may be the all time favorite spinnerbait skirt color, but there are times different shades work better. Grant is obviously well aware of that. “I especially favor more natural colors,” he says, “when I’m fishing on the Delta.”
Grant works as a paramedic. It’s a job he has held for the past 10 years. His work schedule is such that he has a good bit of time off. It only takes him 30 minutes or so to get to the Delta from his San Ramon residence.
|Here's proof that Grant's techniques get results. Grant nailed this nice Delta largemouth on a Mack's Lure silver shad Stan's Spin.
“I’m looking forward to fishing the Stan’s Spin on Delta this fall,” Grant says. “I’ve got a big bass pattern that I’ll be using with it.”
So far the largest bass I know of being caught on a Mack’s Lure Stan’s Spin weighed 10-pounds, 4-ounces. I’m certain of that one’s exact weight because I used a Stan’s Spin myself to catch it at Mexico’s El Salto Lake.
I won’t be at all surprised if Grant Olquin beats the bejabbers out of that current Stan’s Spin weight record on the Delta before the year is out. Certainly that productive and expansive bass producing area has more than its share of larger bigmouth that give him a good shot to do so.
And nobody will be more pleased than I’ll be if and when he does it!