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bass fishing with spoons
There are several types of spoons ranging from lures like the War Eagle jigging spoon, the Nichols flutter spoon, slab spoons, casting spoons, wobbler spoons, trolling spoons, and weedless spoons.
When to fish a jigging/flutter spoon:
Used mostly during the summer and winter months, when the fish school up and suspended in deeper water.
Where to fish:
Places to search are areas that provide an opportunity for bass to ambush its prey, such as creek channels, ledges, humps, submerged trees, drop-offs, and points that are holding balls of bait fish like alewives, or shad.
In clear water chrome, silver, or stainless steel finishes may work best, and in stained water try using spoons with a gold finish, and less visible water you may wish to try spoons more brightly finished with patterns like fire tiger.
How to fish a spoon:
When jigging a spoon like the War Eagle, or making long casts with the Nichols flutter spoon, lower the rod tip, feeling the line as the bait falls, staying in contact with the bait at all times, when the spoon reaches the bottom raise the rod tip in a sweeping motion to approximately 11 oclock, then repeat letting the bait fall again, keeping the slack out of the line. Most strikes come on the fall, if the line goes slack before the spoon reaches the bottom set the hook.
Your set up will primarily be determined by the conditions, and type of spoons used to meet those conditions. Jigging spoons fished vertically allow you to use a shorter 6-6 medium action rod. Flutter spoons are a casting type spoon and require a longer 7 medium rod. The line type and size are equally determined by the conditions, and spoon fished. A jigging spoon in clear water on lighter weight lines like 10-12ld test mono may be best. And a heavier 17-20lb test line in water with lower visibility or submerged brush and timber will help prevent losing your spoon if you should get hung up.