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Did my annual Christmas day trip with my uncle. Fished from 11a-5p, probably one of the best days we had in a couple years. The spoon bite is on! Caught several largemouth up to 4lbs with lots of yellows in between. 47+ ft seemed to be the magic number for the shad. Most fish came off the bottom from 47-50ft with a few caught suspended at 36ft over the top of the shad. Nealy spoons in 1/2oz were the ticket, fishing the river channel from the snags to the docks at bagley. Great day to be on the water and probably the most people I've seen on the lake for a Christmas Day.
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Jigging Spoons

Sounds like a great day! Hey Fishhawk, how do you fish the jigging spoons? I know that sounds like a dumb question because "jigging" is in the name. But I came from the midwest and never used spoons for bass. Just used them for Salmon in Lake Michigan.
 
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Sherwoodie, there are two ways to jig a spoon. If you graph the fish, just drop the spoon to the bottom and jerk(or jig) the spoon up and down continuously until you get a hit from what's biting, or if you don't graph numbers of fish, just cast out and jerk it a couple times, reel a foot or two and repeat!

Spooning or Jigging Spoons is one of the easiest and most fruitful ways of fishing this time of year. Actually it works great year round if you see great concentrations of fish or large shad pods.
Good luck and give it a whirl. I'm sure you'll figure this technique in no time!
 

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Guest described my patented "Oowa Oowwa Ohhh! What this means is, make your spoon be an injured baitfish. If casting, tug it(oowa), tug it(oowwa), wait (oooh!!). When using the oowa oowwa Ohhhh!!, never hurry the bait back to the boat and make sure it spends a lot of time on the bottom.
 

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Sherwoodie,

Those guys had good tips. You can work a spoon two ways, either vertical or horizontal. The vertical presentation is best for fish holding tight to the bottom or for inactive suspended fish. It keeps the bait right in front of their face until they can't help themselves to bite. I hold the tip of the rod to the water and snap up to 9 or 10 o'clock and let the bait fall on slack line and repeat. Some people follow the bait down with the rod tip, you have to experiment with what works for you. Most of your bites will come on the fall. You'll also have to experiment with how far to pop the spoon up, they may want it 5' or just barley 6" to a foot.
The horizontal presentation is good for active suspended or schooling fish. Use your graph to mark at what depth the fish are are holding, then drop your spoon in the cone of the graph and count until the spoon reaches the magic number. Now you can cast out, count the spoon down, and bring the bait back in a lift-drop fashion. and keep the spoon in that depth all the way back to the boat. Its also great for bass busting shad on the surface, cause you can cast them a mile. Hope that answered some of your questions? Good Luck

Fishnhawk
 
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Spooning

Thanks guys. You guys are better than reading a Fishing Facts article. Hope to meet some of you on the lake someday. :D
 
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