It is believed that metal fishing spoon lures were first used in the 1840s. These spoons are designed in such a way that they are concaved on one side to hold water and create a wobble and flash that imitates an escaping, crippled or fleeing baitfish. Spoons lures work great on both lightly stained and clear water because they are very appealing to the sense of sight of fish.
Spoons are popularly and easily used for fishing because fish normally get hooked when they grab a spoon. You can use spoons for bigger or larger predators like walleye, salmon, muskies, trout, largemouth bass and northern pike.
The shape and thickness of a spoon determine the effectiveness of the spoon. For instance, long spoons can display wider wobbles than shorter spoons. Additionally, deep concave spoons can produce wider wobbles that flatter spoons. Thick spoons used for trolling produce regular wobbles while thin spoons produce irregular wobbles. Thick spoons have additional weights that result to better casts, faster sinks and deeper run than thinner spoons.
Spoon casting or trolling speed is highly critical for the effectiveness of a spoon. If fished too fast or too slow, the spoon will wobble improperly. This is why it’s important to play with speeds to know the precise speed for best performance. When casting, anglers cast a spoon at 10-20 feet beyond the zone concentrated with fish and retrieve the spoon via the strike zone. When trolling a spoon from behind a boat, you should consider the speed of the boat and length of the fishing line. These should also be considered when using depth control rigging like dipsey divers and downriggers.
Fishing Rod Action with Spoons
The kind of spoons to use for fishing depends on the target fish species. For example, larger spoons are for salmon, pike and bass and small spoons are for trouts. A tipped fast-action rod is the most preferred choice when casting or jigging spoons. You shouldn’t use ultrasensitive, soft action rods because they don’t transmit the fish strike like fast action rods.
Spoons and Leaders
Anglers that use weedless, trolling or casting spoons need to attach their fishing lines with the help of a ball-bearing swivel and snap. The advantage of this is that it allows the spoon to move freely and makes the line to rotate to a minimum. The most recommended for jigging and surface spoons is to tie the spoons to the snap or eyelet directly. Even without playing with the connection of the lure line, surface and jigging spoons still work great.
One major spoon component that attracts fish is its flash. There are additional attractors on some spoons, and some anglers may add extra attractors to their spoons. For instance
- Clickers: These are two small willow spinners that can be found at the end of the spoons. These clickers are for the production noise and vibration.
- Flippers: These are the small oblong piece of yellow or red plastics that are attached to the spoons’ split hooks and rings. This is done primarily to add color to the spoons.
- Trailers: They are meant to add color and give the spoon another profile.
Have you ever seen old popular casting spoons that were manufactured in the 1940s? The crankbait lure companies of today have started to manufacture new colors patterns and finishes for spoons using holographic, glitter, prism and glow to enhance the colors and flashes of the spoons.
It could be overwhelming for you choosing the right colors, but there are colors that anglers have successfully tried in the past. If the spoon is to be used in darker or stained water, figertiger with yellow/orange or brass back and nickel are better combinations. On the other hand, if the spoon is to be used in clear or slightly stained water, white and read with nickel back, white and black with nickel back and combinations of silver/nickel and brass/gold are great colors.
All gold or silver with combinations of blue, purple or green hues is the best color to use for trolling spoons on lakes. Those colors are recommended because they mimic the forage of smelt, ciscoes and alewives. Many anglers make use of spoons to present their bait or lure, and they have many spoons with different color patterns and sizes that accommodate all known fishing conditions.
Every fish has a tendency to be attracted to a specific or certain color. In a situation where you are to fish on a new water system and use spoons, you should endeavor to conduct research with local fishing guides or shops on the river or lake.
The next time we will share the types of spoons and they are uses.