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Monday, October 29, 2007

• The Spoon

The spoon has a wide range of shapes, styles, colors, sizes, materials, and techniques. You name it and it's probably been done to a spoon. With all of this variation, the design is relatively simple. It's really just a piece of metal with a hook. What more could one ask for? I'll give you a brief run down to get you started down the path towards using a spoon to catch bass.

The spoon started out meant to be a cast and retrieve lure, but anglers have expanded on its use with trolling, jigging, and numerous other retrieve techniques. The spoon like design gives it the desired action and the surface reflects light. However, the spoon is not traditionally thought of as a largemouth bass lure. I have caught my fair share of bass on the kinds of spoons I use. In fact, when I was younger, it was one of my top producers when using a slow and steady retrieve. If you're going to jig a spoon, find the shad, structure, or weed line where bass might be lurking. It's just a matter of raising and lowering your rod with slow movements, trolling slow if you wish, or even hopping it. Most spoons come in either silver or gold with smooth sides, hammered sides, or some are even cupped with one hook and a weed guard. Those cupped or "shoehorn" spoons can also come in a wide variety of colors. For some reason, I tend to prefer the smooth spoons, but I do own some of the hammered style spoons. I don't seem to catch as many with them as I do the smooth spoons. You could always color them with blade dip if you like. I use gold for blue bird sky kinds of days as well as in muddy water. I use silver any other time, especially when it is overcast. More on jigging spoons

blade dips, paint, and waterproof markers can add some flare, red treble hook, VMC Sure Set treble hook, different sizes and shapes of split rings

Another rig I've seen put a feathered sure set treble hook above the spoon by running line through the hook eye. When you jig the spoon, the hook slides up and down the line. I'm not sure, but it also looked like that rig had a swivel above it.

The Gear (depends on presentation):
If you are jigging, you probably want a MH long rod with a high speed 7:1 reel. If you are doing some basic cast and retrieve, even a slow 5:1 ratio reel might do you some good. It's all about how you vary your retrieve. The line also depends on the conditions. If you want sensitivity, consider spooling up fluorocarbon in 12 to 20lb test. If you've got a lot of weeds to work around, go with what you are comfortable with. I use anything from copolymer to fluoro and I honestly don't notice much of a difference.

Think about adding a spoon to your arsenal in the future.

A warning:
If you ever hang up on something, pulling the spoon free might be a bad idea with tension on the line. I've had one fly at me like a bullet from about 40 feet away and peg me right in the gut. It left a nice red mark from the spoon and two small marks from the treble hook on my skin for a couple of days. I'm lucky it didn't hit anything more important or hook me through my shirt.

Here is a photo of a more modern style of spoon I prefer using. Some people these days are using 1oz to 2oz spoons.
(gold spoon not included in photo)

A link to a post discussing the spoon used by Kelly Jordan in Ultimate Match Fishing