Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Nothing beats the Johnson Silver Minnow in weeds

Johnson Silver Minnow
Ultimate weedless spoon

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Berkley Johnson Silver Minnow in this last blog dealing with great northern pike fishing spoons.

This is the ultimate weedless spoon. Nothing else even comes close.

I wrote about it probably a dozen blogs back but I'll repeat it here in this talk about great spoons.

You want two sizes in this spoon, the 1/2 oz. and the 3/4 oz.

There are three things you need to know about this spoon:

1. You must keep the weedguard turned so that it is just slightly higher than the point of the hook.

2. You must keep the single hook needle sharp. You'll need to hone it from time to time. When it is sharp it will catch on the smooth surface of your thumb nail.

3. You must put a trailer on the single hook. This lure has a fantastic wiggle to it when there is a trailer attached.

Although my favorite trailers in the past have been plastic twister tails, I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest anglers try the Berkley Gulp Alive twister tails. These have the same wiggle as the plastics but have the additional attraction of scent.

Once you have the weedguard properly adjusted, this lure will come through weeds, trees, rocks and anything else. In fact, you'll catch more weeds on the knot of your leader than you will on the lure. (You'll need to trim your knot as small as possible.)

Another advantage to the Johnson Silver Minnow is that it casts like a bullet with pinpoint accuracy. It is so aerodynamic that it is affected the least of all spoons by wind. This means you can drop it beside logs and rocks -- right where the fish are laying.

Best colors are gold, silver, red-and-white (what is it with this color pattern? It's great in everything!) and rainbow trout.

Use 2.5-inch trailers on the 1/2 oz. and 3-inch trailers on the 3/4 oz.

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