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Weighing in on spoons

January 8th 2013 04:11
As you may have read on here before, making a spoon bait is pretty easy. You can make one from an old spoon and the hardest part will be removing the handle.

If you find yourself at a loss, here are some instructions that have come in handy for me.

The first thing you'll need is a spoon. It's easy to pick up a spoon at a yard sale or thrift shop. The size of the spoon you need will depend on the fish you want to catch. A spoon like you use to eat your cereal is usually big enough for most bass sized fish. Something like that, about tea-spoon size, will also work for Musky or Pike but you may want to use a table spoon or something bigger.

It only takes a few minutes to add a couple of holes, rings, and a hook.
After you get a spoon, cut off the handle. At this point, I should probably warn you that the metal used for most spoons is pretty tough! It's always best to start out with sharp tools because I guarantee they'll be dull when you finish!

Then, all you have to do is drill a hole at each end.

On the big end of the spoon, where the handle used to be, add a split ring and treble hook--size 4 or 2 will usually do the trick although I usually go for something around 5/0 for something like Musky.

All you have to do now is add a split rig at the other end for a tie on point and you have a lure! You MAY want to add some paint, reflective tape, or glitter but, that's up to you.

Here are a few ideas for painting from a video on YouTube.

This guy uses size 6 hooks (to each his own) that are red. I'm not going to dive into the red hook debate. Red hooks usually cost more. Since I'm cheap I just carry a red permanent marker in my tackle box.

Until next time--watch yourself and watch your line!
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