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both techniques. You want a rod with a soft tip and preferably a medium tip action. I use a Phenix 700ML Ultra MBX Rod. This is a 7’, 2 power rod with a Shimano Curado E7 reel. I spool it with 12-lb Toray Upgrade 100% fluoro- carbon line from Blackwater International. The reasons I choose Fluorocar- bon over braid or mono is: 1. It allows the lure to achieve its maximum ac- tion without the line hindering the fall and 2. Fluorocarbon has low stretch and sensitivity. You can feel everything that the spoon is doing including the light bite when the spoon is falling on a semi-slack line. The bites are sometimes very aggressive, other times you will not feel the spoons flutter or weight anymore. If you set the hook and miss it, keep working the spoon and the fish will usually hit again. Also remember for the health of the fish, if you catch it deep, bring it up a little slower to give it time to adjust, and always have a needle on hand and learn to deflate the fish’s air bladder. Once the water temp starts warming a little, say late February-March, the fish will start to make their move into pre-spawn areas where they will feed heavily before the spawn. From here and into the late fall is where the flutter spoon is at its best. These too are very easy to fish. I like to work these on points and humps close to spawning flats. The technique with the flutter spoons is very similar to working a Carolina rig. I will use a Phenix 707H Ultra MBX rod. This is a 7’7” 4 power rod. It’s a longer rod and a little heavier action than that of the jigging rod. The reason for this is you are using a bigger, heavier spoon up to 6 inch’s and 2 oz. I also make the move to 16-lb Toray Upgrade fluorocarbon. I start by using my graph to locate the fish. Once I have located them, if they are 20’ or shallower, I will throw a marker buoy out. I will then move off the fish and make a long cast past the fish. I will let the spoon settle to the bottom on a semi-slack line. Once on the bottom, I will make a long, sideways and up- ward sweeping motion with the rod similar to that of a Carolina Rig but with more aggression. Again, I want the spoon to flutter back down on a semi- slack line and repeat. It is important once you hook a fish to not allow any slack in the line or the fish can easily throw your bait. This technique can be used throughout the summer and really begins to shine again in the fall. During the Champion Boats tournament this last fall at Clear Lake, I pulled onto a couple of community holes where there were fish stacked at about 30 feet of water. Everyone was fishing the normal stuff; jigs, swim baits, drop shots, etc. You should have seen their faces when I went by them chucking this big slab of metal. In the four days that I was there, I caught six fish over 5-lbs including the big fish of the tournament, a beautiful 9.32-lb toad that ate the spoon in 42 feet of water. So next time you go fishing, try and think outside the box. Instead of throwing that swim bait or a drop shot for deep bass, pick up a spoon. I guarantee you will also become a die-hard Heavy Metal Fan too. BW

Vince is a full-time guide on the California Delta and Motherlode lakes; his sponsors include Phenix Rods, Blackwater Toray Line, FishDelta. com, Pepper Jigs, Pro-Worms, Eye Surrender Sun Glasses, Save Phace and Fish On Insurance.

You may contact Vince at vborgesoutdoors@att.net

You may also contact John Chiarpotti at jchiarpotti@att.net

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