3 Tips To Catch Inshore Slams On Gold Spoons In Fall & Winter
What’s your go-to lure when the water gets cold?
We talked about Gulp shrimp recently, but another great option is a gold spoon.
I love slowly retrieving a weedless spoon down a tree-lined shoreline in the backcountry, feeling it wobble through the water, and then having a redfish try to yank the rod out of my hands as it smashes the spoon.
Here’s why these are so effective in late fall and winter:
- They have great flash and vibration to catch fishes’ attention
- They’re versatile (you can fish them slowly on the bottom, or quickly near the surface)
- They’re weedless so you can get tight to structure where the fish are
- And, most importantly, fish love them!
I recently caught an inshore slam while anchored up in one spot using them, and in this article, you’re going to learn three tips for how you can catch cold-weather slams with these lures, too.
Where To Use Gold Spoons In Cold Weather
When the water cools down in the fall, fish start heading toward the backcountry.
You can find them in backwater creeks and bays and residential canals.
When cold fronts roll through, they’ll head to the deeper creeks, canals, and cuts.
And when it warms up a bit, you can find them on shallow flats and shorelines with muddy bottom that are warmed up by the sun.
One good thing about Johnson and Aqua Dream spoons is that they’re weedless, so you can cast your lure under docks or mangroves and around oyster bars without having to worry too much about getting snagged.
How To Retrieve Gold Spoons In Late Fall & Early Winter
When the water is cold the fish are lethargic and hugging the bottom.
Cast out your lure, let it settle, and then retrieve it slowly and steadily just above the bottom.
If the water is deeper, you can use a heavier spoon or slow it down.
If the water is shallow and the fish are aggressively feeding, you can retrieve it a little quicker to have it swim higher in the water column.
Check out this article for more on retrieving weedless spoons.
How To Rig Gold Spoons
Many people use swivels with spoons to stop their line from spinning.
But in the winter, when you’re retrieving your spoon slowly, it’ll wobble and stay upright, so your line probably won’t be spinning that much anyway.
Swivels add extra knots and potential breaking or snagging points, so I’d avoid them here.
Catching Winter Inshore Slams On Gold Spoons
I recently used these tips to catch an inshore slam while anchored up in one spot.
I was in a back creek and caught snook and reds up close to the mangroves, and a trout in the deeper part of the creek.
Check out the video below!
Winter Inshore Slam On A Gold Spoon [VIDEO]
As you saw in the video above, gold spoons are great baits to use in late fall and early winter.
Use them in backcountry bays and creeks and in residential canals, and retrieve them slowly across the bottom.
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