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Does Anyone Else Love Fishing A Silver Spoon

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Auggie14 asked what people are throwing under docks and it reminded me of my favorite bait that i learned how to bass fish on. the johnson silver minnow and the johnson sprite.

 

Who else throws spoon's. I feel like everyone forgets about them. i love to fish them and i forget about them. I only seem to break them out on a slump and they are probably my number one confidence bait. I think the only wrong way to fish them is by leaving them in your tackle box

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i love the johnson silver minnow, super weedless i will fish it in ANYTHING, catches bass of all sizes, and also a great schooling lure, and a night time bait. I was burning it under the surface at night and a 6 lb bass down in Florida nails it

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My best on spoon was on a johnson sprite. pitching into cover and letting it fall. 7lbs 5 oz. pretty sure she was female that just laid eggs. she seemed a little sucked down and i would assume to be a bit heavier if it was earlier in the year. she was 25" long and her mouth fit both my fist. 

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I started fishing on a silver with green striped Little Cleo spoon.  Johnson spoons produced well for me also.

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As the water gets colder I love to tie on some form of spoon.

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Love the Silver Minnow. Catches all species of fish.

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I have thrown them a few times with little success.  Not saying they aren't any good, I have just never used them that much. I have seen my grandfather catch a five pound smallmouth out of a creek with a silver spoon in the rain though.  I always considered to just be an old school kind of bait.  If I had better electronics I would probably venture into spoons more. 

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Fish them like you would anything that simulates a bait fish. you can twitch em like a fluke. pop em like a jerk bait. jig them. roll them like a spinner bait. 

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Never really had good success with bass using spoons, but steelhead and pike love them.

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I have thrown them a few times with little success.  Not saying they aren't any good, I have just never used them that much. I have seen my grandfather catch a five pound smallmouth out of a creek with a silver spoon in the rain though.  I always considered to just be an old school kind of bait.  If I had better electronics I would probably venture into spoons more. 

 

True statement. I fish a weedless spoon w/out electronics by throwing it into heavy cover, but a big magnum spoon used in deep water for schooling summer bass, it is very helpful to have electronics

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I love those spoons.  Havent caught anything with them yet, but I can see their value in the water. 

 

 

Do any of you fish them with a trailer? 

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Back in the 70's and 80's, we use to rig the Weedless Silver Spoon with a Uncle Josh Pork Rind Eel 3inch as a trailer. Cast it up in the shallow salad or lily pads and run it back on the surface for Largemouth of all sizes.

 

Man, that is Old School but they worked awesome.

 

If you watch the opening to Roland Martin's show, you'll see him wading in the Big O and he's holding a real Hawg. Well the Johnson's Silver Minnow and pork trailer is what he nailed it on. I will never forget, because that's what got me into the Silver Minnow after seeing that episode.

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Used to use them in NJ and PA in the weeds. I liked the Rapala best. Dont think it is made anymore and forgot what it was called. Bass and Pikeral destroyed them

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I like jigging spoons. I catch quite a few each spring on Little Cleos while fishing for trout. Never done much fishing with the Silver Minnow but I do carry one all the time. 

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Y'all be throwing a frog in salad...I be throwing a gold spoon-n-chunk!

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Try the Johnson Silver Middle on the main arm of your Alabama Rig.

Standard set-up for me!

 

 

 

 

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Silver spoons are a staple in the surf, quite a few different styles and they all catch fish.

I use spoons a lot for freshwater too, but I don't like the J-spoon as it rolls over too much and the hook is not the sharpest.  I use saltwater spoons in fresh, hammered redfish key spoon in gold, Mepps syclops gold saltwater, being gold plated it doesn't tarnish, and a Clark single hook spoon in silver.

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Anyone ever flip flutter spoons on docks? Ive had good success with them in clearer lakes in the summer and fall.

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Anyone ever flip flutter spoons on docks? Ive had good success with them in clearer lakes in the summer and fall.

If there is good light penetration (is, the clear water your fishng), it would be a good dock flipping bait.

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When I fished in Wisconsin and Michigan I used the Johnsons Silver spoon a lot.  I knew nothing about fishing plastics,but, I used a grape or black worm with a red curly tail or a white trick worm as a trailer.  I thought that's the only way to use those worms.  I fished them mainly in lily pads and they worked well for bass and pike.  Now, in Florida, I have gone "retro" and started using them more in all kinds of weeds and grass.

In Roland Martin's book, 101 bass-catching secrets, he has a chapter (41) on using those spoons.

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I've been using a Johnson Silver Minnow since the early 60's and it's still one of my main baits for using in heavy cover or vegetation.

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