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size of the fish you are after and the size of the prevalent baitfish in the water you are fishing. Spoons come in many different sizes, from ^-inch, 1/8-ounce bluegill sizes to 4^-inch, l/4-ounce jobs for big pike and muskellunge. For panfish and trout in streams, go with the smaller sizes; bass, pickerel, and walleyes, the middle range; and for pike and muskellunge, the larger versions.

Spoons can be cast out and retrieved, or trolled behind a boat. Because they are heavy and sink quickly, you usually don't have to add weight to your line to keep the spoon at or near the bottom, where it belongs.

Spinners

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The packages that most Uires come in recommend the species and/or size offish the hires are designed for.

A spinner is a lure of many parts. The base of a spinner is a thin wire shaft with a loop at the front, called the eye (just as one on a hook), which is where the fishing line is tied. A larger loop at the rear holds a hook, usually a treble hook. Some spinners feature a skirt of squirrel-tail hair, either natural or dyed. The shaft features a body, which consists of colored beads, small rings, metal cylinders, or a combination of those items, to provide

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The packages that most Uires come in recommend the species and/or size offish the hires are designed for.

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weight and attraction. Above the body is a clevis, which is a small C-shaped device, with the wire passing through both ends of the C. Attached to the clevis via a hole in its top is a spinner blade: a flat, oblong-shaped piece of metal, shaped much like a spoon. The blade can be polished metal, painted, or appliqued.

A spinner exhibits much flash and vibration in the water.

When a spinner is retrieved, the blade spins around the body of the spinner at a very fast rate of speed, emitting a great amount of vibration and flash, much like a baitfish in distress. Different shapes and thicknesses of the blades determine the rate of speed of the blade and how far away from the shaft it spins. Basically, long, thin, lightweight blades turn quickly and remain very close to the shaft, which decreases their water resistance and makes them preferable for use in moving water. Round-shaped heavy blades spin slowly and well away from the shaft, making these spinners best for stillwater use.

There are many variations on basic spinner design. Some don't have a clevis at all; the wire runs directly through the blade at its top. Some have two blades. Some have specially weighted bodies and/or blades. Some work in tandem with a second fish-attracting device. A good example of the latter is the Mepps Mino, which features

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