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  • 1. oumament angler J. T. Kenny rarely loses ENTER the VanDam Your Boat ......._ .........,..1 sweepstakes arid win Humminbird a fish on a structure spoon because bass"electronics like KVD uses. usually inhale the bait and get hooked in the back of the mouth. However, fish weighing ing in a tournament on Lake Barkley 3 pounds or less can come unbuttoned, as they with her husband. T hey were fishing a often grab the front of the spoon. Kenny solves the prob- main-river ledge with jigs and crankbaits lem by placing a second hook on the spoon's nose. when a school of bass suddenly startedHe attaches a barrel swivel to the spoon's lead splitbusring big shad on rap. ring to reduce line twist, and then adds a No. 2 treble"I chucked a spoon to the school and hook to the split ring. Most of smaller bass he lands hopped ir three to fo ur fee t under. the are hooked on the nose treble.surface," she says. "I loaded the boat in 10 minures . My husband didn't have time to fish because he was too busy net- ring my bass."Size Matters even when other anglers were struggling. bass nabbed it before ir rur bottom ."Although Lake 'Fo rk Trophy Tackle Fisherm en fo llowed him aro und in T he spoo n is now one of Ke nny'smakes its Flutter Spoo n in three sizes, hopes of getting a glimpse of the secret main structure lures. H is best experience Clark has never used anything but the lure, and a local radio station even invit-with it was when he stop ped to fi shlargest, which measures 5 inches long and ed him to go on the air and reveal the Kentucky Lake while traveling betweenweighs 1.3 ounces. She claims it's a reac- bait. T h ey we re ti cked off wh en heto urnam ents. After marking a hugetion bait that triggers rhe biggest bass, turned them of fish over a roadbed 18 feetmuch l~e a deep-diving crank. Spai ts was determined not to intro- fr o m the surface, he backed off and "It doesn't turn your arms to jelly the duce the spoon until he got it just right: srarred casting a spoon ra them. way a big crankbait can , though ," she Bes ides, he was having too much fun "I hooked a bass on every cast for the says. "And, you can fish a spoon deeper catching monster bass. When he finally next 2)1, hours, he says. "They weighed than any crankbait runs." unveiled his Big Joe Spoon, Lake Forkfrom 1 ra over 8 pounds." Ke nny has settled on Strike King'sanglers quickly snatched them up. Soon,Clark carried some Lal{e Fork T rophy 5)1,-inch , I X-ounce, Sexy Spoon. Eventhe lures were catching heavyweight bassTackle spoo ns in her boat fo r months when bass are feeding on small baitfish, across the country.before ~he finally cast one while comper-he believes it triggers bites from larger Several other companies have since come out with similar baits, and pros have taken them onto the competi tive cir- cuits- Mark Rose, of Marion, Arkansas, Florida's J.T. Ke nny, and Tennessean Dianna Clark, a standour on the W omen'sBassmaster Tour, are three of them. Rose discovered the lures' magic when he fished a raurnament on Pickwick Lakein Ocraber 2007. He fOWld a school on aI 5-foot-deep mussel bar while casti ng-~ ~ - -~ foo tball jigs and crankbaits; when he started hopping a structure spoon over dJ ~~~. the bar, the strikes came hard and fast.# "I couldn't believe what was happening,"- he says. "It was like fishing virgin water."asspros J.T..~~~ When the four-day event was over,Kenny and Mark Rose.'. ~ Rose and his spoon claimed first place primarily fish structure spoons in relatively and a $125,000 water around shell beds. After casting past the bed, both It was also in 2 00 7 th at o ne o f anglers let the spoon sink to bottom, then lift the lure by sweeping the Kenny's friends gave him one of dle newrodtip from about 9 to 12 o'clock. They follow it back to bottom withbaits and encouraged him ra tty it. the rodtip to let it fall on slack line."I took one look ar mar shoehorn andraid rum he was crazy," he says. "I finallycasr the bait to shut rum up and a 3-pOLU1d36 Fis hingClub .com North Ame rican Fishe rman

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Bath are dressed (800) 408-2028.weighs 1'j, .ounces. inch model weighs % Na. 1 VMC treble baitfish calors. with f/ashabau and Jae Spaits claims its.ounce; the 5-inchdressed with feathers $6.99; (901)are available in 16 secret materialweighs 1'1e .ounces.and f/ashabau. $5.75; 853- 1455. colars. $8.99; (409) allaws it to wabble$8.89 and $9.99;(512) 507-4148.625-1261.better than the rest.(903) 589-8100. $8; (903) 765-3398. fish. He also likes the distinctive "whop- drops," Rose insists.hopping a spoon over the bottom, sh e whop-whop" feel of the big spoon as itHe relies on one basic presentation:also imparts shorter lifts than Rose and flutters on the fall . He malces a long cast and lets the spoon Kenny, typically a foot or so:Rose also relies mainly on the 5;;'-inchsink to the bottom on slack line. Then, Across the board, the pros prefer rela- Sexy Spoon, but he also casts the 4-inch,he takes up the slack and sweeps his tively heavy line; Kenny and Rose go with %-ounce size, if it better matches the rodtip from 9 to 12 o'clock. He follows20-pound fluoro, and Clark prefers 15- to baitfish bass are feeding on.the spoon back down with his rodtip to 17-pound Fluorohybrid line from LakeSexy Shad is his go-to color. If that give the lure the necessaty slack. Virtually Fork. Those choices allow the spoon to doesn't fly, h e scrapes off the paint fo'revery strike h appens on the fall. sink quickly and reduce the chances of the maximum flash. Along those lines, Clark "People think they won't detect the bait wrapping in the line between rips. favors solid silver with dash of chartreuse. strike on slack line, Rose says. "But"I throw silver 90 percent of the believe me, you will. Your line jumps aWhen And Where time, " Kenny says. "On bright, sunnyfoot when a bass nails a spoon."A structure spoon excels from early days, 1 tone down the flash by coloring Kenny also pulls the lure off bottomspring into the fall, when bass hold on the concave side with a black marker." with a long rod sweep and lets it drop main-lake ledges, hump s and otheron slack line. He believes this lifts thestructure. The most productive depth Rock The Cradlespoon three to four feet, while Rose range is eigh t to more than 25 feet,Getti ng the most from any spoo n thinks the spoon comes up eight feet ordepending on the water clarity and other means working it in such a way that it's more. The exact distatlce doesn' t matter, factors. Since a spoon is a sight-oriented allowed to produce its inherent long as the method woiles.bait, it doesn't work well in muddy"You have to let it sink on a slack line C1atk prefers to keep a tighter line onwater. Three to four feet of visibility is so it cradles (wobbles side-to-side) as it the fall so she Catl better feel bites. When ideal, claims Rose.North American Fisherman _ 37 3. "The posts pawn is when a spoon real- ly shines," he says. "Righ t after the bass finish spawning, they school on ledges and gorge on shad." /~ Rose favors gently sloping bottoms, hen fishing humps and bars to fast drops. While competing in a tournament at Ft. W a spoon t ' .... , // along a ledge, tour- Loudon Lake, Tennessee, he spooned up several 4- and 5-pound largemouths from a flat spot in a river bend that was nament angler Dianna Clark holds .. --------- ---------_/.-"'--:-- ~// // /...- - her boat on the edge of ,//'- 19 feet deep, where bass were holding on a mussel bed. the drop and casts parallel to it, hopping the~ -~------- / :/~( -- Incidentally, shell beds and spoons werebait back to the boat. This~----~// . --------- '. ",,/ //-- - ----- -- made for each other. If you try to work approach keeps her spoon ~ .:::: --- ,...."./ one through stumps, brush piles or grass,..-- its treble readily snags. The structure must in the strike zone- "../ ~throughout the retrieve. have little or no cover, and a hard bottom of gravel, sand, clay or shells."You can throw them over mussel beds - and catch bass'--all day long and never get hung up," Kenny says. cent of the time when she fishes offshore,ed several bass by hopping his spoon over Believe it-he has caught shell-bed bass and a % or ~-Olmce B&M jig the rest of - a 10-foot ledge that dropped into 35 feeteverywhere in the country, including the the time. She rarely casts crankbaits.of watet. The next day he'd spooned upKissimmee Chain in Florida, the entire "Jigs and spoons are my big-fishonly two fish when the bite stopped. "My boat was sitting on the deep side of rile ledge, and I was marking fish sus- pended 10 feet deep," he says.Quick Tip: Built-In Plug KnockerSo, Kenny backed his boat another long cast away from the ledge and began hen you snag a structure spoon, don't try to rip it free. Instead, keep the W line snug and move the boat directly over the lure. When you're positIOned properly, jig the rodtip up and down on slack line; the spoon is heavy enough to tossing the spoon over the suspended bass. He counted it down to 10 feet and hopped it at that level