For more than 60 years Hopkins spoons have been hooking any- thing that swims. Resisting corrosion and holding up against trophy fish with teeth, they are jigged, cast, or trolled in freshwater and saltwater all over the country. Anglers with a little do-it-yourself attitude can assemble and customize spoons to a specific purpose,
saving money without sacrificing quality.
Assembling and customizing jigging spoons is simple. Jann’s Netcraft (
jannsnet-craft.com) has supplies and tools. Blanks are available in three popular weights:
quarter-ounce, half-ounce, and three-quarter-ounce. The site suggests hook sizes
along with appropriate split rings. After that, the sky’s the limit. Paints, decals, snaps,
feathered trebles – each offers a chance to design a spoon to fit your needs. A pair
of split-ring pliers is also a good investment, as it makes changing out hooks a snap,
saving many a thumbnail.
Bling Your Spoons
Take a simple metal spoon, add eyes, color, or feathers, and bang! Hookup city
Still not convinced? Here’s what the
pros have to say on the matter.
“When in doubt, throw a spoon.”
Sound angling advice from Sportsman’s
Best: Surf Fishing author David A. Brown,
who says these user-friendly lures cast a
mile, even into stout winds. Their natural
wobbling, flashy appearance resembles
baitfish. “If it’s too windy to punch a
spoon through the wind, you don’t need PH
By Steve Chaconas
The eyes have it. Anglers can add eyes,
stripes of reflective tape, or just a bit of
flash to the tail (hook) to make spoons
more attractive to predatory fish.