Smallmouths often go on the hunt right after dark in summer and will react vigorously to the heavy vibration and big profile of dark, drop-style spinnerbaits, like Strike King's Midnight Premier. Such specialty spinnerbaits feature a 1/2- to 1-ounce head and a large Colorado or Indiana blade. Cast the spinnerbait along the edges of grassbeds and over rocky points, humps, and ledges with a medium-heavy rod and 14-pound mono. Let the bait helicopter to the bottom on a tight line with the rod tip held high. When the spinnerbait touches down, drop the rod tip, take up the slack, rip the bait up 3 to 6 feet, and let it helicopter back to the bottom. Continue the rip-drop retrieve until the spinnerbait works out of the strike zone. --M.H.