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Old 01-21-2008, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I was flipping through the Bass Pro 2008 Master Fishing Catalog last night and saw quite a few spoons for jigging bass. I was wondering if anyone has much luck with that at any of the Denver Metro lakes like Quincy, Aurora, or Chatfield? It seems like a good technique to try at Aurora for some smallies but I have never even tied a spoon onto my line! Any input on:
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Location- not GPS coordinates but the type of structure to look for

would be greatly appreciated. This might be one of the new techniques I try to learn this year...
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Start here:

http://www.fishexplorer.com/fx/artic...ion=det&aid=27

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have no fear LD: I have read that...and it is really good. But, when it comes to specifics my boy TC keeps his cards close to his chest if you know what I mean (I don't blame him!) So any other experience would be great. I am thinking Aurora early this spring- this could be good.
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Apart from jigging hardware, I tend to use a dropshot rig with warious types of SP's for vertical applications. Having good sonar and understanding of lake bottom structure is crutial. Once the fish are located, and determined to be Bass, I will change plastics(size/shape/color) until a pattern has been proved effective.

Your original question was about jigging spoons, but this is my go to vertical presentation unless it is late fall/early winter.
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Yeah, well that is the OTHER presentation I need to dial in this summer: the drop shot. I have never really tried because I can always seem to find another way to catch fish but I know I need to learn to dropshot. So, I am going to make myself learn to do it this summer at the Q. I have seen some dudes catch some PIGS there on the drop shot...
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In-Fish did a great article on spooning bass a couple months ago.

They advocated more of a vertical presentation on points of structure.
That's also the way they do it in Kansas for Hybrids and Stripers.

For whatever reason, vertical presentations don't cover enough water for the taste of many people.

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bferg,
Imagine you are ice fishing.

You would find likely depth and/or structure, then lower your presentation to the appropriate depth. You could use a dropshot rig or spoon, either deadsticking or imparting action. It's really the same in the open water when using either technique. Both allow you to get right over your presentation and feel everything before hooking up. Just takes some patience and practice. Once you catch a few with these techniques, you will keep catching them.

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belive it or not its a very good way to fish submergerd brush piles all year long!
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during the late fall, winter and very early spring you can catch fish till your arm falls off. I have spooned fish at Table Rock in November in 100+ feet of water. If you fish that deep, please learn how to fizz fish. When they come up from 40' or more you will have to fizz them or they will die. I am sure you can learn how to do it on line somewhere. It is easier to learn from an illustration. I have grown up spooning for fish and can catch fish year round on a spoon. It is very easy to do. Once you find a concentration of fish on your sonar, throw out a marker bouy and drop your spoon down to them. Fish on or near the bottom are easeir to catch, but you can also catch them if they are suspended. I like to drop the spoon straight to the bottom and start jigging with small fast lifts, if that doesn't work experiment with larger more erractic lifts of the rod. There are 2 ways to fish a spoon, vertically or you can yo-yo a cast. To yo-yo all you do is make a long cast, let is hit bottom and lift your rod from 9 o'clock to 12 o'clock. Let the spoon fall with a tight line back to the bottom. They will hit it while it is falling 99% of the time. Once back to the bottom reel up your slack and repeat. One thing to remember when fishing vertical, always keep your spoon directly below you, you will have better feel and also not snag up as much.

Spooning can be a deadly technique for all species of fish year round.

I hope this helps and good luck in 08!!

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