Fishing spoons are amongst the most popular and widely used lures out there. There is a large variety of spoons and they produce results for the majority of anglers. There are a few different types of fishing spoons, and each type is best used with certain methods. The purpose of this section is to give you a breakdown on type and how they are best used.
Casting spoons are the traditional type of spoon and have oval shaped cupped bodies with a single or treble hook attached by a split ring at the rear of the lure. Casting spoons are effective in different depths depending on their weight. The lighter casting spoons are better for surface fishing due to the fact that they sink slowly. They can be retrieved at a somewhat slow pace, making them ideal for cold water. The heavier type is better for skimming the bottom due to the fact that they sink well. These spoons need a quicker retrieval rate in order to maintain their movement, making them better suited for warm water.
Trolling spoons are also known as flutter spoons. They are much lighter than casting spoons, making them difficult to cast, which is why they are designed for trolling. They give off a wide action at much slower speeds.
Topwater spoons are fantastic for catching fish that like to hide in weed cover. These lures are able to be retrieved through weed beds with minimal snags and hang ups. There are a few different types of topwater spoons. There are heavy metal spoons that roll back and forth, flatter spoons that zig zag horizontally, and spoons that have built in noise makers, like the buzzer or paddle wheel, that add noise disturbance to their bag of tricks.
Jigging spoons are great for deep locations with many fish. They are not search lures, and are much more productive when used the correct way. Open your reel and allow the lure to reach the bottom. Once there, close your reel and begin jigging the spoon up and down. If you are not getting action, try faster or lower speeds or try a different spot. If you find your jigging spoon snagged on something, do not yank it. Just simply jiggle the lure until it sets itself free.
When it comes to what colors to use, we have found that light colors like silver, white, and yellow work well in clear water and brighter colors like red, orange, gold, and chartreuse work well in murkier waters. Spoons are a great addition to any tackle box and can really increase the amount of fish you catch. Ask around and see what people have the best luck with in your area, and have fun!