Spoons for Bait Casting
Other under-water casting baits are the various kinds of trolling spoons and the hook fly-spoons and spinners. Every angler is familiar with the trolling spoon. Used as a casting bait its efficiency is very greatly increased and its use for bait-casting is very general. A very favorable fact in regard to the trolling spoons and fly-spoons is that while, perhaps, they do not induce as many strikes as do the wooden minnows or weighted phantoms they are more apt to hold the bass when hooked than are the heavier baits; this for the reason that, when the bass comes out of the water and shakes himself, the weight of a wooden minnow or other comparatively heavy bait affords the fish a very substantial leverage and he is quite likely to free himself. The spoons and small spinners being light and with several loosely moving joints do not give this leverage. For bass and other general bait casting No. 2 or 3 spoons are the best. Spoons are furnished in a multitude of shapes, hammered, fluted, tandems, etc., but, as a matter of fact, there is very little choice between them; and, such being the case, the angler should select a spoon which has no tendency toward freakishness. Use only the very best spoons you can find, for in this way only is it possible to get hooks upon which you can depend. The cheap spoons are fitted with very cheap hooks. A very fine casting bait is a “buck tail’ spoon, especially good for bass.
The single-hook fly-spoons, small, light spoons with very thin blades, used in connection with rather large sized bass flies of approved patterns, coachman, Montreal, scarlet ibis, royal coachman, silver doctor, and others, are a necessary part of the bait-caster's kit. The fly-spoons of this sort, made in a very adequate assortment of styles and sizes, by one well-known tackle maker who makes a specialty of them, are especially fine. The flies are well tied, and true to pattern, piano-wire shanks and no swivels are features, and it would be difficult to praise them too highly — they are "good tackle." For casting light baits a small dipsey sinker should be used.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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