to be on the water,” says Brown. And long
casts expand your fishing options. Brown
says cast and reel. It will work. Pausing
allows baits to fall deeper. Raising the rod
keeps them closer to the surface. Target
bait-school edges with a stop-and-go
retrieve, a dead fall, or
reeling and twitching,
which imitates a vulnerable baitfish. Even
straight reeling will fool
fish. Brown changes
hooks for white-feath-ered trebles with a red
streak, very effective for
North Carolina semi-retired charter
boat Capt. Jerry Dilsaver talks up spoon
fishing in seminars and articles. Capt.
Dilsaver instructs clients to lower lures
This bass couldn’t
resist the flash and
wabble of this large
Hopkins spoon, which
imitates a dying
While the body of a spoon should last forever, hooks don’t.
Consider replacing hooks if they seem dull or rusty. A sharp hook
will score your thumbnail if you drag the point lightly across it.
to the bottom and jig vertically about 18
inches, lowering the rod to match the
spoon’s rate of fall and watching for hits.
For Spanish mackerel and bluefish, Capt.
Jerry eases to schools and casts to edges,
working a few feet from the surface with
a wind, wind, wind, and jerk to provide
an erratic motion. A fast retrieves trigger
strikes. “You can’t reel it away from them
if they want it,” says Dilsaver. He replaces
stock trebles with a single Eagle Claw
254 hook with a bigger eye that’s easier
to attach. He prefers a tinned hook to PH
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