SPECIAL SPOON TIPS FOR THE FALL & SPRING!
Tip #1 – Fish the lower third of the water column when targeting Stripers
We get dozens of questions every week about how deep to fish bunker spoons. Though there are many times when the fish are very high in the water column especially when actively feeding on schooled up bait like bunker (menhaden, pogies, etc.), most of the time the biggest fish are found in the lower third of the water column. If you are fishing in 60ft of water, you need to get your spoons down to at least 40ft.
This is why Secret Spoons are made so heavy! At 1lb-9oz these spoons are nearly 1lb heavier than an other spoon. They require no trolling (drail) weights to get down deep. At the proper trolling speeds these spoons sink between 1.5ft and 2.0ft for every 10 feet of wire. At the slower speeds you will need to put out only 200ft of wire to get down to 40ft.
Tip #2 – Watch those rod tips!
There is really no need to spend all your time trying to puzzle out the right speed to run your boat. Experienced captains almost never look at their instruments for speed information when pulling spoons. Instead, they simply watch to rod tips and adjust their speed until they see the distinctive pumping action. when the rod is pumping with big slow pulses, the spoon is wobbling back and forth and not spinning.
This is only one of the reasons why it is so important to use a rod designed for pulling bunker spoons. These rods have a very slow action and will pump or pulse when the spoon is working correctly. Whenever using a new rod, simply drag your spoons behind the boat where they are still visible. Adjust your speed until the spoon is wobbling from side to side and observe the pulse of the rod. The pulse will be slightly less because there is so little line out of the reel, but you will get a good idea of what the rod should be looking like.
Tip #3 – Don’t forget to tighten those screws!
The incredible action on these spoons will loosen the screws holding the weights in place. Either add a few drops of Loctite or be sure to check the screws every 15 minutes or so.