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A SPOON MINNOW BAIT - click to enlarge



Did you ever use an artificial minnow of the treble hook style with a small spoon attached in front of bait instead of spinner? If you never have, here is a kink that may help some on your next seasonís outing. I will try to explain how to do this and what baits I find it works best with; also the best time of year and weather condition,.

The bait I think best for this use is the Shakespeare nine-point bait with the solid red for bright days and clear water, especially in August. September and October, when all the rest of the fellows have quit the artificial bait and taken to the live minnow game, which I never follow. I Like the Shakespeare baits best for this purpose, because they are a smaller bait and run better in the water, and the hooks are not hung so tight as in some other baits I have used.

As for the spoons, I find the Hildebrandt Idaho size C the best. It works easily, is light does not foul readily and is easy to attach and detach. Of course the tail spinner must be off of the bait, and the bait should be reeled slowly. This makes a bait that will cast easily and still not be so heavy, and bass seem to hit it when no other bait will get results. A little dipsy sinker fastened to the tie loop of the spoon helps some on a bright, still day, when they are not feeding on top and you donít get them with the regular under-water bait.

In fact, I have found that on bright days, when they were not inshore feeding and all other baits failed and most people had got discouraged, then L would get out to the deep and put out the freak spoon bait with a sinker attached and make long casts to the edge of the offset and reel very slowly with an occasional quick jerk of the rod which makes the bait go in small jumps as minnows and crawfish often do close to the bottom. This bait will also get results in early spring when bass are not very lively. I took five one time with this bait that weighed twenty-two pounds.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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