How to Rig a Beetle Spin

by Jaysen Oldroyd
Panfish are particularly susceptible to a properly-fished Beetle Spin lure.

Panfish are particularly susceptible to a properly-fished Beetle Spin lure.

The Johnson Beetle Spin lure can be used effectively to catch fish ranging from bass to bluegill. It consists of a plastic body threaded onto a small jig head hook to which a safety-pin style spinner is attached. The Beetle Spin is a versatile lure that can be fished with a variety of retrieves. The procedure for rigging a Beetle Spin depends on the conditions and the fish you are pursuing, but almost all methods are quite easy. For example, when pursuing fish in cold conditions, a sliding bobber can help you fish a Beetle Spin as you use the slow retrieve sometimes needed to entice sluggish fish to strike.

1. Rig your rod and reel with monofilament or braided fishing line that corresponds to the type of fishing you plan on doing. If you're fishing for panfish, a 4- to 6-lb. test line generally is sufficient.

2. Attach or tie a bobber stop to your line at a point that corresponds to the depth at which you plan on fishing the Beetle Spin lure.

3. Slide a plastic bead onto the tag end of your line and make sure that the bead can slide unimpeded all the way up to your bobber stop.

4. Slip a sliding bobber over the tag end of your fishing line and make sure that the bobber slides along the line unimpeded until it reaches the plastic bead and bobber stop.

5. Attach the Beetle Spin lure directly to your fishing line, tying an improved clinch knot around the portion of wire that forms the little O at the bend in the spinner wire. While fishing, the weight of the lure will pull the line through the sliding bobber until the bobber reaches the bobber stop and plastic bead. This will enable you to use a slow retrieve while keeping the lure suspended at the depth you want to fish.

Items you will need

  • Rod
  • Reel
  • Monofilament or braided fishing line
  • Bobber stop
  • Bobber
  • Bead

About the Author

Jaysen Oldroyd received his juris doctorate degree from Brigham Young University in 2003 and has been writing professionally for two years. He previously published articles in the "Harvard Latino Law Review" and the "BYU Journal of Public Law." More recently, Jaysen has written and published a number of online articles pertaining to various forms of outdoor recreation.

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