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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:19 AM 06/20/07 (CST)
I've been a big admirer of the red & white 1 oz.Eppinger Daredevil.
The yellow with the 5 of diamonds comes in a close second with black & white a distant 3rd.






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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:42 AM 06/20/07 (CST)
Orange and gold Little Cleo, in a variety of sizes is my go to spoon. Then the red and white daredevil, and then the 5 of diamonds.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:45 AM 06/20/07 (CST)
Either a gold (big) Dr.Spoon, that I have caught multiple big northerns on or Bright Orange and Chartuse. I really like bright colors!


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:48 AM 06/20/07 (CST)
I guess it would all depend on the species of fish I was targeting. Mr Champs, Kastmasters, Crocs, Cleos, Pro Kings, theres so many to choose from.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:05 AM 06/20/07 (CST)
Typically I also let the water color and amount of sun light dictate what i am throwing.

If its over cast the dare devil is first in the water, the little cleo works better if there is some sun light to reflect off the gold metal. Also bright sun or clear water makes the Johnson Silver minnow more effective.

In stained water I start with gold baits, whether its the little cleo or something else, then I move to silver and then to painted spoons.

Spinner baits get mixed in there as well.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:19 AM 06/20/07 (CST)
Not much for using spoons in the summer except for the occasional Trout outing in which case a Silver or Pink Northland will do....but for hard water I really like the Angel Eye Demon Perch Size #6 or the Demon Glow Brites Size #4.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:44 AM 06/20/07 (CST)
Hey CK..

I had no idea you were a spoon guy! As we have discussed before I am not a huge believer in color except as it enables a fish to see a spoon more clearly. However, there are times that a little variation in color makes a big difference. On just the color issue I guess the "tried and true" combo of striped red/white/chrome, 5 of diamonds red/yellow in brass, and firetiger(hot mackerel if its an eppinger spoon)in brass. One of those three will be seen and a good option in most any water situation. I must add though I have had days that kelly green/white or another variation of green was lights out on the fish when other colors came up empty.The rainbow trout pattern has also done very well for me as I fish for larger fish in watersheds that the rainbow trout are preyed upon by larger species as a food base.

I know you go through the same progression as me as far as determining the right lure to use.

1. DEPTH..what depth are the fish at. No use fishing a top water if the fish you are targeting are suspended at 25 feet off the main lake point. Or better yet...not a lot of use using a standard Daredevle in a weed/pad patch so thick the spoon hangs every 3 inches...however a Johnson Siver Minnow with a curly tail trailer may be lights out good in the same spot.
2. SPEED..what speed do I need the lure retrieved at? Should it be barely hopped and crawled along the bottom..or burned across a weed flat.
3. SIZE..what size lure am I using to most nearly replicate what my target fish are feeding on.
4.ACTION..what action do the fish want? a slow very subtle movement or a violent herky/jerky retrieve..or somewhere in between.
5.COLOR..this is the final componet in fine tuning a presentation in my mind. If I am fishing at the proper depth, at the proper speed, with the proper sized lure, using the most effective action it employs..then I can try to fine tune the last piece by switching up colors.

ON SPOONS.. a spoon IS NOT a spoon IS NOT a spoon. Many spoons have very different actions and retrieve variables. For example.. a standard Daredevle comes in on about a pretty tight 3-5 inch rolling circle. A doctor spoon stands more upright and flickers back and forth. A Husky Devle comes in at about 1 and 1/2 foot sort of wide semi circles roatating one way and then back. VERY different. Aqua spoons are so light you can retrieve them almost as slowly as you can turn the reel. Red Eye Wigglers, Little Cleos, Kastmasters, Fiords, Perk Minnows, Johnson Silver Minnows..all very different lures..each with a time and place it out shines the others.
Eppinger (makers of the daredevle spoon) have a great tool on their website showing the "5 Ways To Retrieve A Spoon". I would add a sixth to the list as verticle jigging is a great option as well. I pounded the rainbow trout by verticle jigging a 1/8 ounce Little Cleo spoon my last time out. It was bronze/orange..although I don't think it mattered.

SPOON SPECTRUMS. To help me go through the process of the 5 steps of finding fish I have purchased spoons in size, style, and color spectrums. By that I mean that since I fish for everything from panfish/crappie/ and rainbow trout to muskies and lakers I have need of a wide variety of spoons. Therefore I purchased (over time) every size spoon from the 1/16 ounce up to the largest made...(for Eppinger Lures that is the Husky Devil weighing in at 3 and 3/4 ounces). I then do this for various spoon types and styles. As an example this means having a Johnson Silver Minnow in 4 sizes at 5 colors per size...thats 20 weedless Johnson spoons. This then gives me the ability to fish virtually any spoon style, in any action, at any speed, in any size , at any depth imaginable. I then purchase those spoons and sizes in what are for me the 5 main color spectrums. It adds up to a lot of spoons (maybe around 325 I think)...but I have the tool needed for any species at any time at any place. It took a few dollars..but I did it over a several year period and by being focused it wasn't all that much each year...and I am glad I did.

Spoons..I love em!

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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 11:21 AM 06/20/07 (CST)
I grew up on spoons. Cut my teeth on them as it were.
Johnson's Silver minnows with a hunk of black pork rind was my favorite on Section 10 SE of Aitkin for everything with gills & teeth.
The ole Red Eye Wobbler was a good one for pike too.
The spoon that really did a number was the red & white daredevil.
I had small ones for pannies and up to 1 oz'ers for pike.






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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 05:25 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
I totally agree..I love spoons. In my mind at least, they are the second most versatile lure around. A jig would have to be the most versatile in my opinion, then the spoon, followed by a spinner bait. Those three catagories of baits have those qualities of being able to fish a wide variety of species, in a wide variety of water types, under many weather patterns and fish activity levels. That translates to more fishing time and fish from the same lure. A win/win if ever there was one.

The idea of color and pattern variarions just adds more fun to the game. I keep stickers, paints, decals, rattles, etc., on hand in the boat to allow customization of a spoon if I see something that might give a hint as to what would be more effective on a given day...

Good Spoon Fishin To Ya,

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 06:48 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
Have you ever run a spoon real fast across the top of the water?
I caught one of my biggest bass ever that way.



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