How To Retrieve A Weedless Spoon To Get More Strikes [Case Study]


Here’s the good news:

My dad and I went out fishing recently and a ton of redfish were brought to the boat.

Here’s the bad news (for me):

Most of them were caught by my dad!

He totally outfished me, but thanks to the video, I know what he did that I wasn’t doing.

Want to know how he outfished me?

Watch the video below.

How To Retrieve A Weedless Spoon [VIDEO]

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Given how much action my dad had those days, I believe that the unique retrieve style he performed was the core reason for the elevated performance.

I have been using it ever since and have found it to work quite well.

Now, obviously fishing with spoons can be very productive (I lost count of all the reds we caught those few days), so you might have some questions about the best ways to use them…

Below I’ll tackle some of the most common questions or ideas surrounding catching fish with weedless spoons.

The Best Weedless Spoons

berkley johnson silver minnow weedless spoon gold

The most popular weedless spoons are the Johnson Silver Minnow spoons.

That’s the brand my dad and I were using and they’re tough, come in a variety of sizes and colors, and clearly catch fish.

The weed guard works great for repelling weeds from getting snagged by the hook, and it’s curved shape allows it to erratically dart underwater, eliciting strikes from even the pickiest of fish.

The only con with this spoon is that it deteriorates from the saltwater pretty quickly if you don’t spray it down after using it.

Of course, the fix for that is to just wash it off with fresh water!

To see how this spoon moves underwater, watch the Johnson Silver Minnow Spoon review video towards the bottom of this post.

What’s your favorite brand of spoon?

Let me know in the comments below!

What Size Weedless Spoon Do I Need?

weedless spoon for redfish

1/4 ounce and 1/2 ounce spoons are the most popular when inshore fishing, and I’ve caught tons of fish with both sizes.

I do usually use the 1/4 ounce spoon more than the 1/2 ounce, and coincidentally my dad outfished me with a 1/4 ounce spoon while I was using a 1/2 ounce spoon.

And although it’s easy to look at this trip and think you should only use the 1/4 ounce spoon, one of the most important things to remember is to match the hatch.

If the predator fish are feeding on small baitfish, you’ll likely have more luck with the 1/4 ounce.

But if they’re feeding on bigger baitfish, the 1/2 ounce might be the better bet.

The Best Fishing Knots For Weedless Spoons

My favorite type of knot, and the one that’s most commonly used with weedless spoons, is a loop knot.

Specifically, the non-slip loop knot (a video on how to tie this knot is below).

Loop knots allow for a bit more of an erratic motion in the water, and it’s this erratic motion that causes a fish to strike.

However, it’s important to note that my dad was using a snug knot in the video above, so you can clearly catch fish with either knot.

But it’s also important to remember that my dad was using a twitch in his retrieve, which is what I believe is the real reason he outfished me.

You can see how to tie the non-slip loop knot in the video below.

How To Tie The Non-Slip Loop Knot [VIDEO]

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Weedless Spoons: Gold vs. Silver

Finally, you might be wondering what the best color weedless spoon is…

Although the Berkley Johnson Silver Minnow comes in 18 different colors, the two most popular are by far silver and gold.

The general consensus is that gold spoons are good for stained or darker water, and silver spoons are most effective in clear water.

In the past, I’ve typically used gold, but recently I’ve been testing out silver to see how it does.

Obviously, this video could be considered a knock against silver, as my dad was using gold and I was using silver…

Although like I said, I think the retrieve was the big difference-maker.

Either way, I’m going to continue to test gold vs. silver.

How about you?

Which color do you prefer?

Let me know in the comments below!

Johnson Silver Minnow Spoon Review [VIDEO]

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Seeing how much of a difference the retrieve can make has got me thinking…

What else makes a big difference when using spoons?

So I’ll be doing more testing going forward on color, size, knot type, retrieve and anything else that comes to mind.

Also, I’ll be testing different brands against one another to see which one actually does the best for targeting redfish, snook, and seatrout.

Which brands do you want me to test? (By the way, in the video of my dad and I, we were using Johnson Silver Minnow spoons.)

Which brand, color and size would you like me to test?

Let me know in the comments below!

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George Winn
2 years ago

I like the boat you and your Dad are fishing on. And I like the raised outer ridge on the deck, helps you know where the edge of the boat is – I usually prop one foot up on it.

2 years ago

years ago fishing in canada i was out of our group of 4 (we flew in)i had a 1/4 gold johnson silver minnow along.caught a couple decent northern and i thought why not put a uncle josh’s pork rind on i must have caught 40+ northerns each had to be the action and the scent cause i fished the same ares that i did earlier.can’t seem to find the uncle josh products anymore

1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

uncle josh can be found at acme tackle company from wisconsin

Daniel Flores
1 year ago

Great video, my son and I have been fishing the Marco Island area and he likes to troll the 1/2 oz silver spoon as we idle out thru the canals to the Marco River.
To my surprise it has produced some serious size Spanish Mackerel. I didn’t think they would go so far back into the canals, love and learn!!!
Now I need to start fishing the gold spoon for reds!!!!

Yancy Isaacs
1 year ago

Luke, what rod do you use when casting the 1/4 oz, to get the most distance?

1 year ago

one huge advantage the johnson has is it is weedless and snagless

William Payton
1 year ago

Reel with your rod while holding the handle still.

1 year ago

I want to ask a completely different question, what do you think of using Vaseline as reel lube?

1 year ago

I use a very sharp jigging motion when I retrieve a spoon, much harder than your dad is doing and I have good results

David Davis
9 months ago

Dang I’m glad I watched this. I was taught to retrieve a gold spoon as fast as you can possibly turn your reel. I actually bought a new reel with a 7:1 ratio to help retrieve it faster. Actually have caught a lot of fish doing that, but now I’m wondering how many my lure out ran😂😂

Richard Fiorentino
3 months ago

I am going back and viewing some of the old videos, as I consider them a valuable resource.. I was wondering if you still rig the spoons with a swivel up the leader and a loop knot. Thanks


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