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Old 05-29-2010, 11:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tips for fishing spook's????

Just bought some Heddon Super Spook's and Super Spook Jr.'s. Wondering if you guys had any tips? On retrieve and what conditions are best for using this lure? Thanks in advance for the advice.
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I find it best to use a rod that is a comfortable length for your height because most of the time you will be snapping the rod tip down towards the ground at about 4 - 5 o'clock.

Always twitch on a slack line. Cast, let the bait set a sec, put your rod tipdown to 3 oclock and on a slack line snap it down to 4 or 5 o'clock.

You can snap it down 2 or 3 times in a row and rest to work a pocket.

you can snap it down continuously to walk the dog all the way back to the boat.

or you can mix it up.

you have to get the hang of taking up slack between snaps but thats no big deal. Snap, turn the handle, snap, turn the handle, snap, turn the handle, etc...

It's best if you dont have too much wind. Still water to a slight choppiness will work well.

Also I dont recommend using flourocarbon because flouro sinks. Ive always had best success with monofilament.

and most importantly.. NEVER EVER no matter what.. NEVER EVER EVER set the hook on the sight of the fish blasting your bait. When they hit, bring in your slack and wait until you feel the fish on the line. Once you FEEL the fish, sweep your rod back and set the hooks.

Another tip I learned a while back that I found useful is when the fish seem a bit spooky, switch to a clear bodied spook. The fish dont really have a bait look at. Instead they only have the splash action to key in on.

I hope you find some of these tips helpful.

A spook is a KILLER bait and can draw the big mamas up to the surface.
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A lot of times when I fish this type of top water I don't event watch the bait. I can feel if I am working it right and then when I hear the blowup, I feel it first instead of seeing it. I usually get hooked up more this way. It is hard not to snatch it when you see the blow up. A little ripple on the water or wind usually helps with this technique, at least where I fish.

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I agree Britt... a slight bit of a breeze is optimal for sure
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Thanks for the tips can't wait to give them a try.
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I like it when the water is still or with little ripple. I use them early morning and late evening the most. I mix up some twitches and small jerks. Not repetitive but kind of mixed. Doing just like these other guys said. You do have to get used to not jerking it away when the fish rolls at it. These are awesome baits and you're in for some great fishing...
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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One thing that makes a huge difference is to tie a loop knot or add a split ring to the spook. I struggled for years to get a good walk out of a spook until Jimmy Houston showed that he always adds split rings to his. He also said that you are supposed to use a loop knot like the Rapalla knot but he prefers the split ring so that he can tie a stronger knot. After I added split rings to mine, it was very easy to get a good walking action with even light twitches. Try to develop a cadence where you reel the slack between each jerk.
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Looks like a good bait, maybe I should give it a shot too.
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slight chop to the water.... a lot of the same conditions i would use a buzzbait i would use a spook
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Big Spooks are my choice when other floaters won't be detected, but also in calm deep water. Big bass hiding way down are easily tempted to rise to slaughter a pesky Spook. They make enough splash to imitate a feeding predator. In calm clear water never stop it so fish can get a close look. I want it to appear to be on a frantic chase after a shad.

A is always a good bait to sling to the back end of docks regardless of wind, calm or choppy. Bend the line eye very slightly to one side away from the direction you want it to veer while being brought in. The eye on the nose you tie to is the part I'm talking about. It is normally aimed dead ahead. This works best with a direct knot tie, but comes close to best using a ring. Tie that Spook on one rod to work say the right sides of docks. Cast it a few feet out from the back end and it will work its way against or under the dock with each jerk, a move not possible with line eye left straight. Bend the line eye of a second Spook the opposite direction, tie the line on using a second rod. That bait is for working the other side of the docks, veering opposite the first. Upon approaching a dock use the one, then when coming around to the other side use the other rig. You will be presenting a Spook to fish under docks in a way fish are not bored with.

Make sure the hooks are hazardous to your skin. They will grab a lot of fish mouth all on their own without your help. I set the hooks at least once after the bass and bait disappear under water and load up the line.

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