Fishing (sometimes called "Spooning")
First - What is a Spoon-Jig? Take a look at these:
The Cabelas Real Image Spoon Jig in mother of pearl white. A
proven killer bait for vertical fishing where the prey fish is
predominantly silver in colour. There are other jig spoons
called Lazer Lure and Ghost Spoon, broadly similar, but smooth
all over without the textured finish. They work well too.
Real Image Spoon
Guide to Spooning &
Catching fish located with the
use of a sonar (bass) by LT Bama. This is a great article on the
art of spooning - fishing with jig style metal pirk type spoons in a vertical
This is a "must read" article if
you have not yet learned how to fish vertically with artificials for
visible (on sonar) fish.
Here's the link:
Spoon Jig Fishing (Spooning)
The Strata Spoon Jig (right) is made with a hammered finish over a brass
This is another excellent lure for vertical fishing for predator fish.
The Strata is very popular stateside.
Another good one is the excellent Acme Castmaster (below right). These
lures can be "tipped", that is, a soft plastic tail or real worm added.
I get along fine with just two types of
spoon and one jig.
They come in various sizes from 1/4 oz
up to 1 oz. For freshwater use the 1/4 to 1/2 oz sizes are most
to look at.
The lures I like to use for vertical
spooning are the Real
Image Spoon and Castmaster, and for lighter work I turn to Rapala mini jigs and my precious collection of old ABU
freshwater ice jigs, no longer available. You can see them below
right, alongside the Rapala ice jigs.
They are much smaller than you might think.
To give an idea of size, those trebles in the top four are size 16, and
in the larger lower spoon-jig
I have fished in Lough Dan, Co Wicklow with these and caught normal
brown trout as well as small ferox trout by casting and retrieve as if
using a fast spoon like a Toby. Then when it comes in closer to my tube, if I am
over deep water, I change from the steady retrieve, morphing gradually into a spooning, sink-draw
style for the remainder,
until it gets close enough to lift out for the next cast.
It may surprise those you
have still to try this, but perch of all species, really like
this method of presentation.
Two Rapala Ice jigs & Three ABU Pirk-Jig Spoons
for freshwater lake vertical fishing are available from Rapala. I prefer the
standard type here, but a fatter shad body shape is available
The small middle treble hook does
the hooking, and cutting the end singles off makes them easier to store
and handle. Although they were designed for fishing through a hole in
the ice covering a frozen lake, they have proved to be wonderful lures
for fishing vertically for fish seen on sonar that are semi dormant due to
cold water temperatures, or sub-optimal weather conditions, which are
uninterested in a trolled lure or high speed presentation.
Minnow Rig shown
right allows fishing a small natural bait vertically (pirking/spooning
style) and in this
case a dead minnow is the bait. Works very well on perch, trout, sea
trout, and pike. It is also effective when fishing deep pools with
undercut banks, or the sort of pools that form in a rocky gorge.
The drop minnow is interesting in that if you cast and retrieve you
would be reeling the minnow in tail first. It is another vertical
fishing technique, with a pirking fluttering presentation.
You can cast a drop minnow like a jig. The fish don't seem to mind that
it rises up tail first, they sometimes take it like that. The drop down
with a flutter, that is deadly. Soft plastic fish can be mounted on a
drop minnow weighted pin and hooks. The Lunker City Fin-S fish
is a suitable one.
Pike are always a
possibility when using certain lures for perch and big trout. I
have spools of 7lb and 10lbs wire for making ultra light traces
of incredibly thinness and invisibility. Low breaking strain
wire is difficult to obtain, but when you see some, buy it. It's
invaluable when a pike takes a bait intended for trout, and you
still land the toothy fish. This ultra fine wire can withstand
the teeth of pike, but is fine enough that other fish are not
Mini Trout Marabou Leadhead Jigs 1/32th to 1/64th oz:
The difference between
spinning and fly fishing is being eroded as time passes.
There are fly patterns
where the hook has a metal or glass bead to weight it down. Other flies
have lead wire under the dressing to make them heavy with less
visibility on the outside of the weighting materials.
These lead head jigs are
designed to be cast on ultralight spinning gear, but they are so light
that they cast just as well on lake fly fishing rod and line. The
brighter patterns are very effective attractor lures, and the olive and
darker versions make good imitative representations for mayfly nymph
,dragonfly nymph and damselfly nymphs. Fry imitation patterns are easily
made. Crayfish imitations are also available, but any brown or tan
marabou jig makes a fine imitation of these bitesized big brownie
Usually when the word "leadhead
jig" are used we are referring to something a bit more
substantial, with a bit more weight in the head. It usually has a rubber
or soft plastic tail behind the leadhead single hook mount.
Obviously, there is a big
crossover in lures for spooning, jig fishing, and dropshotting. Just
about all the lures shown on the
section are suitable for jig fishing also. The terminal tackle, or way
of mounting and rigging the lure is different, that's all. I really like
the Fin-S fish in 1 3/4" and 4" sizes for trout and perch. It is a great
lure for pike in the larger size too, a very versatile lure.