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Flutter some metal to fool fat
If spoons are the old time players in the game of fishing, flutter
spoons are certainly the new kids on the block. Originally designed
and developed to target Lake Forks’ offshore Texas bass, the flutter
spoon has become a hot commodity over the last few years. Tournament
wins on Fork and other deep-water ledge lakes are to thank for that,
and the success of the lure has made manufacturers and anglers take
The reason behind the creation of the flutter spoon is simple.
Catching deep largemouth bass can be tough going. Crankbaits can
come up short in digging down to the depths and staying there, jigs
can struggle to cover water, and few lures on the market can truly
replicate the flash of a shad that offshore largemouth bass are
known to gorge on.
Flutter spoons are similar in style and shape to the
trolling spoons used by Great Lake salmon anglers. One big
difference is weight. These next generation spoons are heavy,
averaging ½ ounce in the four-inch size and 1.3 ounces in the
five-inch and larger sizes. Their profile is also bigger in
comparison to the more traditional vertical jigging spoons.
Flutter spoons are designed to be worked horizontally, so weight is
evenly proportionate throughout the length of the lure. The cupped
backside is what produces their namesake action and brass or
stainless steel are the two common materials used.
Spooning Where and When
Flutter spoons shine when largemouth bass are down deep and
feeding on baitfish. Mark Rose, an FLW Touring Pro and flutter spoon
master offered this insight: “Bottom composition must not contain
too much wood. Same goes for vegetation. Look for typical
hard-bottomed offshore structure – chunk rock, pea gravel, and
Most anglers prefer to utilize spoons in water 15-feet and deeper.
The majority of my luck has come from 20 to 30-feet down. It all
depends on the lake and where the bass take up shop.
Ledges, humps, points, and breaklines are all prime real estate for
largemouth bass. “Many times you’ll see fish all over the lower
portion of your sonar screen. You’ll also come across those
suspended up in the water column. When they are spread out like
this, you’ve stumbled across a perfect spooning scenario,” added
Spooning over soft bottoms is also a productive tactic. Stirring up
mud or silt can help catch a bass’ attention and start a feeding
Summer and fall both get the nod for flutter spoon use. Much of your
success will rely on whether your lake supports offshore largemouth
bass, no matter what the season. Most always do. Adequate structure
and baitfish movement are two key ingredients to be cognizant of.
Schools of baitfish constantly move and migrate throughout a lake,
so locating them will often put you on top of the bass.
When the water cools in the fall and bass make a shift to deeper
wintering holes, flutter spoons definitely can outshine other lures.
“Stay back off of your chosen location or school and fire
out a cast. Let the spoon sink to the bottom. Once there you want to
make a long, steady pull (not rip) with your rod, much like you
would work a worm along bottom, only faster. Now let the spoon
flutter downwards on a slack line and repeat,” said Rose.
Allowing the spoon to drop naturally gives it a seductive flutter –
a motion that bass can’t seem to resist. “They are reacting to the
flash and pulse from the flutter on the slack line. It is imperative
you let the spoon fall unimpeded,” added Rose.
Mark Pack, owner and president of Lake Fork Trophy Lures and FLW
competitor, offered this advice: “Most strikes will come as the lure
falls. Bass will often slap at it in an effort to kill the spoon
rather than eat it, which can result in a short strike. Keep the
lure in the zone and they will often hit it again.”
Colour doesn’t seem to be as much as an issue with flutter spoons
but recognize that matching your lure to the resident forage will
help put the odds in your favour. “I like to choose a spoon with
some chartreuse on it when fishing cloudy days or when water is
slightly stained. As for clear water, you can’t go wrong with a
plain chrome bait for ultimate flash and shine,” added Pack.
Playing the Fish
Strikes come in a variety of ways, from a bone-jarring
smash to a slight bump in the line. Some won’t be felt until you
make the next sweep of the rod.
Since most bass hit a spoon on the fall, line watching and
preparedness are crucial considerations.
“Always keep this in mind. Your long casts will result in line
stretch. Add to that a heavy lure. Getting a good hookset is
paramount. Don’t be shy and really give it to the bass on that
initial strike,” suggests Rose.
Most anglers are relying on medium-heavy flipping sticks in
the 7 ½-foot length. Some are even choosing rods upwards of
Both Pack and Rose suggest 15 or 20-pound test fluorocarbon line.
The no-stretch component will aid in hooking more fish. A high-speed
reel is also recommended, as this will help quickly reign in the
slack on the initial hookset.
Flutter spoons are relatively new on the scene but are already
making a profound splash. Many anglers can neglect offshore
largemouth bass, but when conditions are favourable, they often
provide the most consistent action. Flutter some metal in front of
the fish this fall – you just may become a convert yourself.
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