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Do It Yourself Saucy Spoon

by: Brad Wiegmann

They are hot! Drop dead gorgeous with a sassy attitude that catches the eye of every angler and bass. I mean what angler does not like to spoon? The shoe horn shaped or flutter casting spoon brings to the table an uncanny ability to mimic a dying shad or fleeing prey fish. While the casting spoon have proven to be an efficient lure for anglers, the spoon also seems to be attracted to brush or other under water hang ups. The majority of these spoons cost from $7 to $9 dollars or more. They also come in a limited number of color patterns, such as, bar fish, green gizzard, or chartreuse shad.
So what’s an angler to do? Easy, make your own spoon and paint it in saucy custom patterns. Begin with a smooth or hammered nickel plated casting spoon. The most popular sizes are 2 ¾-inch, 3 ½-inch, or longer. To assemble plain sliver spoons just add 2 split rings with a treble hook on the fat end and you are ready to go fishing. To build a 3 ½-inch spoon use: 2 split rings size 4, Mustad Ultra Point Elite Treble 1x size 4, or Mustad Ultra Point Dressed Treble size 4 hook.
Unless you want a plain silver finish spoon, its time to make your spoon saucy by giving it a personalized paint job. You can paint the spoon a saucy or any desired pattern, even adding gill plates or scale patterns to it. Self adhesive stick-on eyes can be added to the spoon giving it a life like, realistic appearance. Once the paint has dried ion the spoon a Seal-Coat, one-step epoxy can be applied; leaving the spoon with an odorless, extremely durable, and worm proof finish. To paint and finish: Quick-Coat Lure Dip, Quick-Coat Paint Marker, Seal-Coat Lure and Jig Finish, and 3-D Stick-On Lure Eyes. It’s also recommended that you have Quick-Coat Neutralizer on hand for general clean up or to remove Quick-Coat paints for lures or other surfaces.
After drying, the spoon can be assembled. If short strikes occur during fishing, add a Gamakatsu G-Stinger Hook by taking the loop through the eye and putting the hook back through the loop, and drawing it tight. Anglers can also add a feathered dressed tail with chartreuse in it for stained water. A barrel swivel can also be added to reduce the line twist due to the inherent action of the spoon. For more information on making your own custom lures or products to make them with see or call (866)984-3648.
To fish one of your custom saucy flutter spoons: cast out and letting it fall to the bottom, once the spoon has hit the bottom bring your rod tip up, moving the spoon about 2 feet of the bottom and letting it fall on a semi-slack line back to the bottom. It can also be cast out letting it fall to the bottom, cranked 5 or 6 times quickly than allowing it to drop on a semi-slack line. This technique works good for catching suspend bass. The major of fish will hit the spoon as it falls. A flutter spoon is not made to be ripped vertically up and down like a slab style spoon. Key locations for fishing the flutter spoon: ridges or points before bass move to really deep water after spawning or migrating to the back of creeks in the fall, deep structure, grass lines, suspend bass, or anytime bass are not super shallow.

Brad Wiegmann is a professional fishing guide on Beaver Lake and outdoor writer. Contact
him at (479) 756-5279 or by E-mail at

Brad Wiegmann is a professional fishing guide on Beaver Lake and outdoor writer. Contact him at (479) 756-5279 or by e-mail at