Quick Tip: Rigging A Spoon
Editor's note: This blog installment comes from Fishhound pro staffer Capt. Mike Gore.
The popularity of a gold spoon is well documented. It sets the standard as the go-to bait when trying to locate fish, and I have yet to find a fish that could resist a perfectly worked spoon.
Rigging a spoon for inshore fishing's a no brainier, right? Not so fast. Most people want to tie the spoon directly to the leader. The problem here is line twist – especially if you're fishing monofilament. To combat the line twist, you'll want to introduce a swivel. The swivel allows the spoon to twist without affecting the line.
You'll want to attach the swivel directly to the spoon with a split-ring. By using a small but strong split-ring, the swivel actually becomes part of the spoon. Get yourself a pair of split-ring pliers to do this.
You should use a swivel and split-ring that are just big enough to allow your spoon to move freely. This streamlines the spoon and allows you to work it through the grass without getting hung up. Attach the swivel directly to your leader and you're ready to go.
The color of the spoon is really up to you. I carry gold, silver and black in my tackle box.
Remember to work the spoon as slowly as possible. The most common mistake I see my clients make is to work the spoon too quickly.
Capt. Mike Gore, a 30-year fishing veteran, was born and raised in Tampa, Fla. and currently owns and operates Tampa Fishing Charters. He's widely known for his ability to find feeding fish and will always work his hardest to put customers on the hot bite. Also known for his patience and courtesy, he's always willing to help children and beginners improve their skills. Connect with him at his site, CaptainMikeGore.com, or send him an email at Fishing@CaptainMikeGore.com.
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