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Weedless Spoon: Is There Really Such A Thing?
The market is inundated with "weedless spoons"; but they are little more than a marketing ploy, tricking you into believing you'll be able to finally throw some "flash" into heavy weed cover where you know the big ones hide. The truth of the matter is, they just don't work - in fact they are not even close. It's a design flaw really - a single piece of metal, or a piece of y-shaped plastic over the top of your hook, just isn't going to get the job done. That is truly a disappointment, because heavy cover is where apex predators like Northern Pike and Musky lurk.
Take a look at some of these products, and you will see where I'm coming from. Take for example the Johnson Silver Minnow. Just by looking at the bait, you probably have doubts about the feasibility of fishing this lure is even the lightest of weed cover. A single metal bard, covering a single hook, is simply not going to do the trick.
Dardevle does a little better job, as they "split the defense" with two pieces of light metal, and a feather, covering a single hook. It's a slight improvement, but in my opinion it's still the wrong approach to solving this problem.
The closest I've come to fishing a truly weedless spoon would be the Mepps Timber Doodle. It encompasses a design that is unlike the competition, in that it features a Mister Twister keeper hook, and employs a curly tail grub to keep the hook barb protected from actual weed cover. To be honest, I don't see any other way to do it - and if I did, the idea would be patent pending for sure - as there are many anglers who would love to fish flashy spoons in heavy cover.