Who Doesn’t Love Spooning?

Written by Sarah on July 19, 2011

Asking me to name my favorite lure is kind of like asking Mr. Mercer to identify his favorite Subway sandwich – you just can’t do it because they all have their own special time and place.

But if you ask me to name my least understood lure category it would have to be the dreaded spoon. From top to bottom, I just can’t figure them out. I’ve caught a grand total of one (yes, that’s one more than zero) bass on spoons in my whole life. One suicidal greenback that inhaled a Johnson Silver Minnow in a thick bed of milfoil.

Jigging spoons? Zero.

Flutter spoons? Nada.

The Ol’ Dardevle? Zilch.

I suppose you could say that it’s because I haven’t thrown them in the right places, or that I’m using the wrong spoon or that my tackle is inappropriate. You’d be incorrect, however, because the truth is that I haven’t even pulled the suckers out of the package.

Sure, after Kelly Jordon won Ultimate Match Fishing with a flutter spoon (and likely earned the ire of all those who had kept the bait a closely-held secret for years), I was tempted, but I just don’t fish enough deepwater structure to make them useful. For me, water is too deep if my trolling motor isn’t kicking up mud.

What am I missing? Or am I ok leaving the spoonage at home? Is there an application for this bank beater to make ‘em work for me?

Can someone teach a course in remedial spooning?

This blog is courtesy of Pete Robbins, Facts of Fishing blogger and all around great guy!

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  • Jeffie Boy

    The only time that I’ve seen a bass caught on a spoon it was a fall Smallie on a 3/4 ounce jigging spoon in about 30 to 40 feet of Lake Erie October Gin.

    I’ve never been able to do it myself…

  • LCL

    I love Johnson Spoons. I just got back from Canada and I caught 3 small mouth and a 40″ Pike and even had a muskie follow it. Ill be a fan for ever. 

  • Nikon

    Spoons are my go to bait, and every northern lake / river fisherman’s bait… though I can’t say they are great for bass, I have caught dozens of pike, a few walleye and even some lakers on spoons.  and that was last week.

    I have more Len thompson spoons in my box than any other type of lure.