Spoons can catch bass all year long in San Diego, they can and should be in your everyday arsenal. I toss mine all year, and catch fish on them all year. They are one of the most underrated and overlooked baits on the market.
First let’s start with all spoons are not created equal, there are all types of them on the market and all of them seem like they can work. Most can, others just don’t cut the mustard. Or at least not for my techniques and species I am fishing for.
You can break spoons into three categories; swimming, jigging and casting.
1. Casting spoons
Because of their different shapes and designs, they both swim and fall differently. It comes down to how you want the rate of fall and the flutter during the fall as well as the retrieve and how it works during the retrieve. All of this matters greatly. Everyone is going to have preference as to what they like.
2. Swimming spoons
The Johnson weedless swimming spoon is a deadly choice over shallow grass areas and shallow water with brush and cover around. It is mostly forgotten by fishermen here in San Diego, but still catches fish to this day. It has a full cupped body with a hard loop tie with a single hook and weed guard. The idea is to cast it out and slowly retrieve it over the grass beds that are just under the surface. The single hook keeps you from snagging on the structure and the hook stays upright from the shape of the bait.
3. Jigging spoons
Jigging spoons are designed for vertical jigging. They are truly a “one trick pony,” but are very good at what they do. They are designed to be dropped down to the bottom or the depth of water the fish are, and then jigged up and down.