BassWestUSA - January/February, 2010, Page 45

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to admit, I am a die hard heavy metal fan. Yes, I do like the Metallica of old and even the more modern sounds of Slipknot. But the heavy metal I am referring to is not the deafening kind you blast on your radio on the way to the lake to help wake you up in the morning. I am referring to heavy metal spooning for giant bass. Though there are dozens of spooning techniques from weedless to ice jigs, I am only going to cover two types in this article. The two types of spooning we are going to talk about are jigging spoons and the new, or should I say re-birth of the flut- ter spoon. So, what exactly is a flutter spoon you ask? Let me start by explaining the difference of a flutter spoon compared to a jigging spoon. A flutter spoon is a slab of metal that is stamped out to resemble an oval or oblong shaped spoon: it has a cupped shape at one end and leads to a narrower line tie end. This cup allows the jig to wobble or flutter as it descends through the water column. A jigging spoon is more of a slab of metal that is more compact, narrow and has no cup at all in it. Though there are many manufacture’s of both versions, the most common you will find on the market today for flutter spoons are Lake Fork Tackle, Talon Series, Strike King and Nichols. The most popular jigging spoons are Hopkins, Kastmasters, Horizon Perk Minnows and Stra- ta Spoons. Most people think of spooning as a winter only technique. If that is what you are limiting them to, then you are missing out on a whole lot of fish. It is true that spoons are seasonal, but not in their ability to catch fish, but in the style and way you are fishing them. Our lakes

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