Like most bunker spoons, Amera Spoons are most effective when pulled across the current! This negates the effect that current has on the depth of the spoon and ensures that the speed relative to the water (as seen on a paddlewheel speedometer) is nearly the same as the speed over bottom (as seen on a GPS). The spoon is then presented to the striped bass as a baitfish that is being swept broadside to the current.
The spoons should almost never be pulled down-tide (with the current coming from behind the boat), as the current will drive the spoons into the bottom. The only way to to maintain depth would be to increase the speed over bottom (as seen on a GPS). Thus to keep the spoons at the same depth in a 1 knot following current, the boat speed would have to be 3-3.5 knots over the bottom which would hurt the presentation.
When trolling in significant current all turns should be made up-tide (into the current) and never down-tide (current from behind), or the spoons may sink too deep and hit the bottom.
Many Amera Spoon pros have their best results while quartering into the current (slightly up-tide), especially when working over structure. With a little practice the angler can determine exactly what effect the trolling direction has on spoon depth and make perfect presentations to fish that are holding on structure.