Johnson Silver Minnow Weedless Spoon Review & Rigging Tips
By: Luke Simonds on November 12, 2015
It’s Spoon Time!
More importantly, it’s WEEDLESS spoon time!
Of all the lures, the spoon is probably the most basic and simple out there…
They most often consist of slightly concaved pieces of metal which attract fish from their reflection and sporadic movements.
Although spoons are very basic lures, they certainly have proven to work for all types of fishing.
And one of my personal favorite spoons for inshore fishing is the Johnson Silver Minnow spoon.
The top reasons I like it is because it’s weedless, it’s simple to use, and it can’t be damaged by those pesky puffer fish that tear up soft plastics.
This weedless spoon is a great lure for inshore anglers because it can be used in areas where treble hooks can’t be trusted… like fishing shallow flats with thick grass, oyster bars, and skipping up under mangroves.
And rigging them is basic… just a standard leader with a swivel in between your main line and your leader to help keep the main line from twisting due to the spoon’s sporadic movements (underwater footage included in video below).
Johnson Silver Minnow Spoon Pros
- Easy lure to fish (I prefer a slow constant reel with a small rod tip twitch every few seconds)
- Very weedless against common inshore structure (mangroves, oyster bars, docks, rocks, etc.)
- Can’t be damaged by pesky puffer fish
Johnson Silver Minnow Spoon Cons
- Can rust quickly if not washed off after saltwater trips
- Weedless wire needs to be managed at times
How To Rig A Weedless Spoon (Underwater Footage Included):
The links below go to the equipment assembly that I most often use when fishing the flats and backcountry with weedless spoons:
- Johnson Original Silver Minnow Spoon (1/4th oz)
- Ande Fluorocarbon Leader (30 lb test)
- PowerPro (10 lb test)
- Barrel Swivel
Although spoons may look like a boring chunk of metal, they are an asset to any fisherman’s tackle box…
Not only is a spoon one of the most versatile fishing lures ever made, but it really does catch fish a ton of fish.
When fishing areas with lots of structure like mangrove roots, thick sea grass, oysters, anything else that is prone to get snagged by lures with treble hooks, make sure to give a weedless spoon a shot because they most often bounce right off of the structure allowing for more fish catching and less frustration.
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