How to Spoon for Bass

Is there a more fun or cost effective way to catch a ton of fish in the Fall or Winter? Probably not! Spooning is often over looked in favor of finesse tactics but don't be fooled, its a technique you need to get comfortable using.

When the bass are schooling on baitfish, even when they're just scattered on deep water points and ledges, a spoon is hard to beat. When the fish are suspended around bait, it can't be beaten. A spoon perfectly imitates a dying or injured baitfish, fluttering toward the bottom. Bass are hardwired to react to this quick fluttering action, often resulting in jarring strikes! So why should you be using a spoon during the colder months?

First, its cost effective. Unlike soft plastics which tear up easily, spoons hold up over time. Assuming you don't snag and lose them, you can use the same spoon trip after trip. Second, they're deadly. When the fish are lethargic and don't want to feed you can often draw the "reaction" strike with a few quick hops off the bottom.

Over the years I've used a lot of different brands and models of spoons. For deep water vertical jigging the best spoons I've found are Blade Runner Duh Spoons. They're offered in a variety of colors but my personal favorites are Morning Dawn, Black Shad, and Electric Chicken. The most consistent sizes are the 1 1/4 and 1 3/4 ounce but experiment with the fish on your lakes to see what works best for them.

One other point to consider is that spoons can even work around busting fish. The temptation is to pick up a spook or whopper plopper in pursuit of the fish you can see but often times the largest bass in the school will be holding back, below all the others, waiting for the smaller fish to stun the bait and provide them an easy meal. The next time you see active fish on the surface consider dropping the spoon below and you might just be surprised by the biggest bite of the day.

Showing the Float and Fly in Action

As promised, here is the follow up to the float and fly post. This first video shows exactly how I fish the rig. You can see as I shake the fly then let it sit, shake then sit, shake then BITE! The overall presentation is a little tricky. Casting the rig can be difficult at first but you’ll soon get used to it. Using the long rod can really make a difference. Can you get a way with an 8 foot rod in tournament conditions? Yes. But if you’re just fun fishing a 9 1/2 foot rod will work much better.

In the second video you get a great comparison between the fly and a dropshot. Notice which one is putting more fish in the boat! The dropshot did actually land two fish off camera but its clear that they were targeting the fly.

To recap from the previous post, the equipment used is a Redington 9′ 6″ ultralight steelhead rod. I coupled it with a Shimano Symetre reel and 3 lb flourocarbon line. The bait is a 1/16th ounce hair jig with a Thill bobber set between 15′ and 18′.
These fish were easy to see as they would just pull the bobber under water. Some days all they do is sit there with the bait in their mouth. This is harder to detect but with the properly weighted bobber you can see these bites as well.
It doesn’t matter if you live in California, Tennessee, or Texas, the Float and Fly can work for you. I look forward to your thoughts!