One of the first lures I started using weas the spoon. Chrome, gold, or painted they all work. Fresh or salt water doesn’t matter either. Light tackle or heavy gear there is a spoon that will work for it. Most people find these little gems pretty early in their fishing careers and keep using them till the end of it. If there is an end to fishing.
Not in my world.
One of the oldest known versions of the spoon goes back to the 1600’s in Scandinavia. It didn’t exactly look like our modern spoons, but I was one.
It was a flat piece of iron that was polished to make it shine. The hook was somehow welded to it and the whole thing looks like it was probably a blacksmith after thought. Like “Well, that’ll never be a sword, what do I do with it now. HMMMM make a fishing lure.” I liked the way he thought. There are records of fish being caught with it though.
It took another couple hundred years before the rest of Europe caught on to the idea. If I had a lure that worked really well and fishing wasn’t about having fun or telling stories like now, but was about feeding me and my family, I’d keep my mouth shut too.
The ones we know today mainly came about in the early 1900’s. It’s funny how many of our modern versions of lures are just re=makes of lures from the early 1900’s. Was there a bait shortage then or did everybody just get tired of baiting hooks like I did. I’m sure there is a fishing story in there somewhere.
How to use
The spoon is one of the easiest lures you will ever use. It is basically designed to be fool proof. The lure does most of it for you.
Spoons are nothing more than an oblong piece of shiny metal. Most now have treble hooks but some are still available with a single hook made into it. They attract fish by the shine. It reflects light and looks like a bait fish trying to run for its life. This will trigger a strike reflex in just about any predator fish in fresh or saltwater.
The shape of the spoon causes it to vibrate when it’s moving through the water. This also gives the impression of a bait fish. All fish have what is called “a lateral line” that detects vibrations in the water and helps them find food or escape predators by locating the vibrations they make.
The technique to use a spoon is one of the easiest in fishing. Cast it out and reel it in. The spoon does the rest for you.It really is that easy. All you have to do is get it to the fish.
You find the fish; the spoon will get them in the boat. One of the best ways to cover a lot of water and find fish is trolling. Spoons are masters of trolling. Instead of retrieving the lure, you move the boat at the same speed. Till you find them. Then take a pause and start casting. Spoons make fishing look easy.
If you haven't tried a spoon yet, now is the time. The only thing you’ll have to figure out is why you didn’t try it sooner. Sometimes things really are that easy. So go today and hang on!