A pike busting weedless spoon I recommend

So, I was fishing my local pond and not having a great deal of luck catching the little northern pikes infesting this spot; as a matter of fact, my good friend Justin put me to shame only few days before catching a few while I walked away empty handed.

This led me to researching some options for catching pike; a task most view as simple and often a nuisance while fishing for bass. For me, it was something that had just never come together.

After a quick read of one of my many books, some of which I will share with you another time, I headed out to a local spot to get some tackle.

I found this:

Title Shot Weedless Spoon

The best pike busting spoon I have ever tried.

The Title Shot Weedless Spoon by Fin Tech.

 

This little baby was all I needed to coax those toothy like northern’s out of hiding. However, I did notice a small flaw with this bait out of the box: The grub trailer, which sits on a post and you rig the hook into it, is made of super firm plastic. Upon hookset, it was soooooo weedless, that I was yanking the whole bait out of the pike’s mouth.

So, I had two options.

Change the trailer, or let the hook be exposed.

I decided to expose the hook, and this worked. Obviously, this made the spoon a little more prone to snags in the weedy mess I was fishing.

After a landing a couple of hammer handles, I didn’t have much of this durable plastic trailer left. I decided to rig it with a softer, and perhaps more forgiving trailer. I slapped on a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss and fired my spoon back out there. This turned out to be an excellent combination.

I expect you can load up whatever you like on this spoon and get results. What I love most about this bait is how truly weedless it is, the solid wobble it has when retrieved, and the trailer pin to hold your bait. Title shot makes shaky heads with this very same post, which rather than being rigid, collapses on a strike allowing a solid hook set.

One last note, check the point on this spoon. I am not sure if it was the bony gator mouth, or just a factory “oopsie” but I definitely had to hone the point to ensure good penetration.

Time to go… but remember, AnyPuddle, except the one you’re sitting in… That one is man-made…

Why it pays to bring more than one fishing rod…

I stopped at a local dock to toss a couple of lures the other night.

When I reached this local pier, there was a father and his young daughter beating the heat with a quick swim. As I approached them, I could just hear the bashful young lady talking to her father about my fist full of fishing rods. She assumed that I was the first to arrive, and that a bevy of anxious anglers would soon be arriving. Her father on the other hand assumed that I took my fishing very seriously.

I myself, felt that I was very restrained in only bringing four rods.

Every professional angler out there knows exactly why I would carry so many rods. The boy scout mantra comes immediately to mind: Be Prepared.

There are a few good reasons you would want to prepare and bring multiple setups.

  • Response – Dave Mercer talks about having a followup bait ready at all times when you miss a fish. This has been proven true for me on a number of occasions. While fishing a plastic frog in some tight lily pads, I missed a good hit from a fish. Had I just thrown back my frog and hoped for a second chance, that fish would have most likely passed on my bait. However, my fishing partner that day followed up immediately with his weightless rigged tube, and ended up catching the very fish I missed.
  • Options – Like many avid anglers, I have a rod and reel combination that suits the presentation or technique I wish to use. This allows me to rig each stick with a different bait before I even get out on the water. Typically, I will have one rod for crankbaits, one for topwater, one for texas rigs, and the last as a wildcard (often another yet very different topwater or spinnerbait). On any given day you never know what makes the fish react, having several setups prepared will help you figure that out quicker.
  • Time – Particularly with heavy braided line, changing lures is very time consuming. Having several different presentations available to you immediately saves the time you spend changing lures; this time can be applied to fishing, like it should be. I typically choose my strategy the night before hitting the water; I think about what I am fishing for, and where. Knowing I am fishing clear vs. murky water, or weedy vs. open water will make a big difference in the colors and lures I choose to use.
  • Chaos – Everyone gets tangles. This is not reserved for those who use baitcaster reels (although they feel this pain more often). Even the best spinning gear can loop, tangle and knot, but it is the dreaded birds nest that strikes fear into the heart of most anglers. When you have multiple rods, you can switch easily and keep fishing. Deal with those nasty tangles later, when you have the time to pick them out.

I also like to prepare a soft bag before trips, depending on the water I am fishing. Let’s face it, if  you have been fishing for more than a couple of years, you likely have boxes and boxes of tackle options. It just isn’t practical to bring everything. So, I tend to bring a soft bag that carries four large trays; one is always terminal tackle, and the other three are usually plastics, crankbaits and stickbaits, and lastly an array of spinners, topwaters and swimjigs.

As always, when that fishy feeling takes you, AnyPuddle will do…

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