I learned this method a few years ago in the North Woods and put it to use in this video on New York’s St. Lawrence River. Burning a 3/8-ounce spinnerbait over shallow flats with mixed sand, boulders, and grass triggered awesome reaction strikes from some really nice smallmouth. Making long casts and fishing quickly allowed us to cover a lot of water and search out those aggressive fish. It' amazing the athleticism that they show, because I was literally reeling as fast as I can turn the handle.
I believe that wind is key to getting bass to react to such a big, flashy presentation. But with the right conditions and the right color combo, old school spinnerbait burning can be as fun as it gets.