How to Use Jigging Spoons

What You'll Need
Rod w/flexible reel
Heavy duty line
Split Ring
Jigging spoons
Utility knife
Depth finder

Seems today very few people know how to use jigging spoons. To their advocates, this seems like a real loss. Supporters of the jigging spoons swear they can be the difference between an okay day and a really productive day out fishing. Jigging spoons are a specific type of lure for some specific types of fish, like bass, stripers and shad. If you are going to try out this time proven lure, here are some things you need to do:

Step 1 – Equipment

You’ll want to use a strong medium length flexible rod (5 ½ to 6 ½ feet) with an easy tip. You want to be able to bend and maneuver the tip to control the spoon. The type of spoon you want to use is purely personal, you can decide what works better for you, but usually a metallic gold or silver will be effective and some will add a split ring to let it move freely in all directions. A depth finder will help you know where any suspended fish are and when to stop the spoons. You want to place them on the bottom for inactive fish, right over a school or right in front of a suspended fish or group of fish. Bring extra spoons, since they are designed to lure fish from fairly unreachable areas, they are also destined to get stuck there as well. 

Step 2 – Why Jigging Spoons

Jigging spoons can make the difference on a day when nothing is biting. They help fishing in deep cold water and stirring up otherwise inactive or hard to pinpoint fish. They can go into small spaces around submerged lumber, sudden drop-offs, and on the murky bottom of the body of water. 

Step 3 – Dropping the Spoons

Spoons work best in fairly clear water so you can set them by both sight and feel. In the clear water, you want to find a school of the catch you are fishing that day. Move your boat carefully until it is practically right on top of the school. Then, connect a ring to your rod with some heavy line and sink the spoon right under your boat, all the way to the bottom.

Step 4 – Jerk the Spoons

If it stops before the bottom, chances are a fish has bitten, then you want to reel and set the hook. If it hits the bottom without interruption, you want to repeat the motion, moving the hook and spoon up and down making the jumps larger and larger until a fish bites. You’ll get a feel for the height and speed of jerks that work as you keep trying.  

Jigging spoons are a great way to mix up your routine and to step up your game in sport fishing. They are an old stand by that has many uses and can help you when nothing else is working to get big fish to bite in deep cold water.