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Hot Weather Spooning

By Rube Glover

   Spoons come in all shapes and sizes. From the teaspoon-shaped Johnson spoon with one big single hook, to a long, slender slab of lead made for deep water jigging the selection is fairly good.

   Fishing spoons in the heat of summer can be some of the most exciting fishing you will ever do. Over thick hydrilla or lily pads, a Johnson spoon is one of the most effective lures you can ever use to draw bass out from under the thick vegetation. I have had some of the most viscous strikes of my life when fishing spoons over matted grass.

   This is not a technique for light-line folks. I recommend you use a 50 pound braided line or at least 25 pound test monofilament. Also, a heavy action rod is definitely a plus.

   Setting the hook on a weedless spoon fished on top is the same as most any other topwater bait. The angler needs to wait a few seconds after the strike before setting the hook. Let your self feel a little tension on the rod, then let them have it. I like to set the hook extra hard in vegetation. It helps bring the fish up by getting their head up quicker. It will also give you a better chance at getting them out of the hydrilla or lilies before they bury themselves in it. Many times, especially with larger bass, they will encase themselves in so much grass you can lose them from the sheer weight of it.

   When a bass buries itself in the grass, try turning your trolling motor on high and go after the fish. Net the fish, grass and all and once you have finished picking the grass off the fish you may be surprised by the size of your catch. It's kind of like opening a wet Christmas present.

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