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How To Fish A Jiggin Spoon

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I have heard several people around me talk about catching fish with a jiggin spoon. I have never fished this before. How exactly do you fish this? What color work best? I be fishing mainly at night.

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I watched a segment of a T.V. program a few years back by Tim Horton on spoon fishing for bass. He was casting deep, off-shore structures. He used heavy, smooth gold & silver spoons, in the 1 1/2 oz. size. Cast out and let them hit the bottom and jerk them off immediately. In some cases he counted down if the bass were suspended.

On another tact, In'Fisherman Doug Stange is a proponent of smaller spoons - i.e., 5/8 oz. Tony spoons - for smallmouths on off-shore structures. Again....he never lets the spoon "sit" on the bottom. Rather he keeps the spoon either fluttering down or rapidly moving upward. He believes you have to keep them curious and not allowing them to actually "see" the spoon. The smallmouth res I fish won't allow bottom contact due to a heavy bottom grass, even in water as deep as 45'. So basically I've used the count-down and jerk method. Sometimes successfully.....sometimes not.

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I'm not saying you'll never catch a fish on a spoon at night, but its not something I would do...

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Deep rocky structure lakes like Table Rock that have thread fin shad populations the bass feed on schooled shad during bright sun light periods , when the shad move out into open water to feed on phytoplankton.

This is the time to use structure spoons, fished through the shad schools. You cast past the shad school and let the spoon fall down through the water column on a tight line, while jigging the spoon or drop the spoon straight down through the shad school, stop the spoon at the depth of the shad and jig it up and down a few feet.

White or pearl white Lur-Jensen Crippled Herring 3/4 oz with a #2 chrome treble hook with white chicken feathers (Owner) works good.

At night the shad hide in brushy cover or under docks, so spoons are not a good choice. You are better off using a soft plastic jerk bait like a Fluke or a white/chartreuse shad color crank bait , or a white jig at night for bass feeding on shad.

Tom

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Deep rocky structure lakes like Table Rock that have thread fin shad populations the bass feed on schooled shad during bright sun light periods , when the shad move out into open water to feed on phytoplankton.

This is the time to use structure spoons, fished through the shad schools. You cast past the shad school and let the spoon fall down through the water column on a tight line, while jigging the spoon or drop the spoon straight down through the shad school, stop the spoon at the depth of the shad and jig it up and down a few feet.

White or pearl white Lur-Jensen Crippled Herring 3/4 oz with a #2 chrome treble hook with white chicken feathers (Owner) works good.

At night the shad hide in brushy cover or under docks, so spoons are not a good choice. You are better off using a soft plastic jerk bait like a Fluke or a white/chartreuse shad color crank bait , or a white jig at night for bass feeding on shad.

Tom

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The only time I would use a spoon at night is on a full moon in less than 15' of water other than that the above statement is on the money.

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Me and a buddy of mine were on Table Rock yesterday, and we threw some spoons. There was some early topwater action and we were getting bit by throwing to the boil and ripping the spoon right after it hit water, let it flutter for a second, and rip it again repeat back to the boat, caught a few doing that. Also caught a few using the techniques the other guys are talking about above.

Used a Cabelas real image 1/2 oz jigging spoon yesterday in char/white. Very good spoon, reasonably priced, and comes with a sticky sharp treble.

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