sidearm spinnerbait webUPDATED: Okay, it may be an issue of bass fishing eras, but I’ve been sitting on this lure for awhile–just because I knew the water would start to cool down, and around here, there are still places with shallow cover.

Yes, all singles and tandems work fine in the brush. But I’ve been around long enough to know that the first dual-bladed spinnerbaits were actually twin-spins. A lure that has a blade on either of two spreader arms, allowing for a slow fall–like a parachutist, before he pulls the ripcord.

It turns out, however, that the trademarked Sidearm (by Secret Weapon Lures, scary, eh?) is both a single-spin and a twinspin by virtue of quick switch design (check the photos). On the one hand, it can be a single with a #5 1/2 willow, or it can be turned into a very slow moving, slow falling twin with some broad, #6 Indiana blades. The latter configuration gives me some options for winter, or for vertical cover, because of that slow drop.

sidearm house picAnd while I’ve heard some say the hardware can kink up, I’ve found that’s pretty rare. For fishing on the fall with the twin blades, I just give the bait a pop with the rod tip before I begin the retrieve and that seems to clear any problem. But since you feel this bait so well when it falls, you know if something’s wrong, right away.

The oddity of the switch to a single-spin is the blade is attached to a short shank by a clevis, so it turns as if it were the forward blade on a tandem. In other words, while it turns freely, guys who like to burn a spinnerbait in clear water will not get the same quickness of revolution. But for dirty or cold water where speed is not essential, then the quick blade-changing abilities are a feature that’s pretty hard to dismiss.

UPDATED (about 2 p.m.) Like everyone else, I would want some alterations–say some smaller blades–but there is just no clean way to do that yourself.  But, here’s what company President Joe Haubenreich says, “Blades from smaller Sidearms can be clipped on larger baits, or one can purchase spare blades in a variety of sizes, shapes, and finishes. In seconds, without tools, the angler has dozens of different looks he can put in front of a fish.”

The company also offers Colorados and turtleback styles as well. But for now, with really nothing else like it for the fish to get wary over, I think the Sidearm has some real possibilities, and this week I’m going to give it a more serious test run.

Not sure where you would buy some–but I’ve got mine. Right now, that’s all that matters.


2 Responses to “The Sidearm: Not your same old spinnerbait”

There seems to be a huge difference in the bulk and flare of the fire tiger compared to the slimmer blue shimmer shad.
Swivels seem to be a missing ingredient.
In my spinner bait collection, I have some double willow leaf that have an extra “R” bend with 1 blade attached to the 2nd bend and the other blade at the end of the wire. This results in both blades tuning on it’s own swivel as an end blade.

Looks just like what Bill made for me from B&D lures called the Evolution V.