Trick out jigging spoons

Updated: August 31, 2006, 11:30 AM ET
By John Neporadny Jr. | BASSMASTER Magazine, September/October 2006
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A fluttering jigging spoon triggers bass into a feeding frenzy, yet the erratic and fast fall of this heavy metal lure makes it difficult for fish to hone in on the bait.

Schooling bass tend to quickly swipe at jigging spoons, which results in either complete misses, foul hookups or a loosely hooked fish that eventually throws the spoon. When bass continue to short strike a spinnerbait or buzzbait, you can rectify the problem by adding a trailer hook, but attaching a second hook to the treble of a jigging spoon is impractical. However, some jigging spoon experts have discovered that adding a treble hook to the top of their lure increases their hook setting chances without inhibiting the spoon's action and descent.

Table Rock Lake guide Pete Wenners uses a double-hook rig that enhances the look and hook setting potential of his jigging spoons. The former Bassmaster Top 150 competitor believes his rig increases the odds of hooking a bass with a spoon by 15 to 25 percent.

The Cape Fair, Mo., angler opts for a homemade 3/4-ounce jigging spoon for his vertical presentations at Table Rock. He favors a chrome spoon on sunny days in crystal clear water, but switches to a white spoon for cloudy days or whenever he fishes stained water.

Two types of hooks are options for Wenners' rig. On one version, Wenners replaces the original hook with a No. 2 red treble and slips a No. 4 feathered treble hook above the spoon. He selects five feathers about 1 1/2 inches long in white, chartreuse and red hues and binds them on the hook with fly-tying thread and a drop of Super Glue. His second version consists of a No. 4 bare red hook above the spoon and the original No. 2 treble on the bottom.

The Missouri guide slips his line through the eye of the extra hook and then ties on the spoon. This setup allows the top hook to slide freely along the line.

"The feathered hook doesn't stay right on top of the spoon after you jerk it," reveals Wenners. "It actually flutters about 2 or 3 feet above the spoon. So I think it looks like a small shad by itself."