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any tips, i own some but have never used one. alot of great things from everybody on BR. hear spoons mentioned alot.  any dept/ structure to look for, vertical or jig?

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They catch all fish I love them for casting off shore for distance. I use spinning reel and cast it, reel in fast then let it flutter then reel again and continue. I catch bass walleye pike. Never can go wrong with a spoon

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Lake fork or strike king for bass.

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I love War Eagle jigging spoons for fishing deep water. It's really effective late fall through winter anywhere there are schools of baitfish with fish feeding on them or concentrations of fish. 

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IMO a spoon may be the second best all around lure, it's right behind a bucktail jig for catching about anything in any body of water.

There are many varieties of spoons, I don't buy a spoon based on species but what technique I'm going to do with it.  Far and away it's a flutter type spoon like a Krocadile, it can be fished in a variety of ways.  Windy days I'll be using thin profile like a tsunami or casting lure like an Acme kastmaster, or diamond jig.  One of the hottest tickets is butterfly jigging and many companies make their own versions of a "sling jig", they can be casted, trolled or jigged, and I bet in deep freshwater conditions they would work too........... fish are fish.  Whatever you buy just make sure it has a stainless coating, the cheapies rust up pretty bad, I buy a brand called Gator, half the price as Krocs and  work every bit as well.  2 of my favorites for freshwater are Mepps, saltwater series, gold plated they don't tarnish, and Wahoo redfish spoon, yeh I use them for bass.

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Megabait Luna jig is actually a structure spoon, 3/4 oz in Black shad or chartreuse.

The Champ 3/4 oz, chrome by Ward.

Blade runner Duh 3/4 oz in black shad ot pearl white

Cripple Herring, 3/4 oz, pearl white.

I change the hook to size 2 chrome with white/chartreuse feathers by Iovino.

Most of these are available from TW, google the others.

These are all vertical presented structure spoons for lakes with deep schooled Threadfin shad.

You can cast spoons past the bait school and let them fall on controlled slack with the reel in gear and the spoon will drop through the school and swing back toward the boat, set the hook when it stops falling or any bumps. Vertical jigging is similar; drop the spoon straight down on controlled slack, watch it on the sonar, set the hook if it stops. If it doesn't get bit on the fall stop it when it's just below the bait and left & fall about 1' to 2' several times, retrieve and repeat. When you hook a spoon fish, lift the rod tip high and keep reeling, bass shake off spoons easily if you give any slack.

I use my med/hvy crank bait type rod for spooning with 12lb FC. You want a rod with slower action so the hook doesn't rip out.

Tom

PS;,Acme Little Cleo and Kastmaster, and Hopkins Shorty in chrome 1/2 or 3/4 oz are very popular spoons that work good, change the hooks to size 4 on the 1/2 oz, size 2 for 3/4 oz, chrome or feathered premium treble.

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On lake fork they sometimes use a 5 inch spoons they are honkers . Never tried it but it should keep the sand bass away some. You get some big bites on spoons that size. Find A road bed with shad or fish on your finder and jig straight under the boat is one way. Probably the best way.

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spoons are a great fishing tool.  they can be fished casting or by vertical jigging.  when casting a spoon, one thing that is a must to learn is to leave a belly in you line as the spoon is falling.  with complete slack you are not in contact to detect strikes, and too much tension, meaning a straight line from rod to water, and the spoon will not flutter back down, but will merily slide back with no action.  flutter and jigging spoons may be used by casting or vertical jigging.  a flutter spoon takes longer to get to depth because they flutter all the way down.  you can keep some tension as it decends, and this will keep it from fluttering and will get to depth a bit faster.  here is a tip on hooks.  i use a number 2 and 4 4x treble hook.  it is a heavy wire hook, and you will resolve the issue of lost fish with it.  i have tried everything made, and the thinner hooks that is popular with everyone to use will loose you fish.  once i went to the 4x treble i quit losing fish on spoons.  as for my choice of rod, i use a m/h 7' jig rod.  most of the time, i use 14lb. test florescent stren.  i fish table rock lake most of the time, and if you think the florescent line is a detriment, just this afternoon in four hours of fishing, we caught over 50 bass, ten being over 15 inches, and three of those were over 4 lbs.  we were using a jigging type spoon.  the bass were caught 40 ft. deep over 65 ft of water.  practice with and make a spoon catch more fish for you.  as i have already stated, spoons are a great tool to have in the boat.

 

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here is another tip for vertical jigging. use a gracia 5500c for a reel. the level wind is a line counter for you. a 5500c filled normally with 14lb. test line, when the level wind goes from one side of reel to the other is 7 feet of line. just count your trips, and you know exactly how deep you are. so lets say that you are marking fish at 50 ft. on the electronis, 7 trips of the level wind, and you are at 49 ft. you do not have to worry about being able to see your lure on the electronics.

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I quite often use a 2/0 siwash hook, that's just a single hook, instead of trebles on my spoons.  

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