Baited spoons

Baited spoon fishing for bass, flounder and plaice really demands a feature of its own and there is reference to it in How to Fish articles elsewhere in New Fisherman’s Handbook. It is a method much used by experts when working in estuaries and tidal rivers. Spoons take many forms—what is right in one place can be a complete flop in another. Many are home-made from brass, copper and occasionally plastic. Inventors pay great attention to the overall shape, thickness and twist of the blade, and to the colour, which many consider vital.

A commercially produced spoon that takes a lot of beating is ABU’s Rauto. Among its captures in deeper water have been record cod on 6lb line, and much heavier fish on stronger tackle.