The trolling spoon is one of the oldest and most successful of artificial baits and is adapted to the capture of all fresh-water game fish, as well as many kinds of ocean fish. The first trolling spoon was a real spoon, or rather the bowl of one, dessert size, with a hole in one end for the line and a single hook attached to the other end. It is the simplest form of spoon bait and none of the dozens that have been designed since have proved more successful. But very few of them are made this way now and most of them have a small ring at the small end of the spoon and it spins on a short section of heavy brass wire having a loop at one end for a treble hook and at the other end a loop to which a brass or bronze swivel is fastened. Under the spoon is a short tube fitted loosely on the wire and sometimes a bead is placed over this for the spoon to revolve on. The hooks may be plain, but are more often covered with feathers or deer hair to conceal the hooks and act as weed guards. The spoon may be of any kind of metal and is plated, painted or polished to make it more attractive, usually being one color on the inside and another color on the other. Spoons are also made of mother-of-pearl, which is very attractive.
Tandem spoon baits are also made, one spoon being placed a short distance above the other.
The spoon may be of any of the standard shapes, and I think it makes little difference whether it is round, oblong or kidney shaped, smooth or fluted. The size is more important and I think that the smaller ones catch the most fish. A spoon measuring about 1 inch long will be best, in my opinion, for most fishing, although very large ones are used for muskellunge. The illustration showing a muskellunge spoon says "Cut J size," but this is a mistake. The exact length of this spoon is 3£ inches. It makes no difference, to my mind, whether the hook is feathered or not, but a bucktail or feathered hook will catch fewer weeds. If a single hook is used, and I prefer that, it need not.be draped, but if it is the, feathering, should not be heavy. There are also spoon baits with large fly hooks attached which are very popular for bass fishing.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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