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Gold spoons catching more fish

October 24, 2014
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Hard to believe but fishing keeps getting better each week as we move toward winter.

Pompano are on the prowl not just in their usual haunts (around the passes and sand bars), but inshore on the grass flats and bars as well. The last one caught on my boat was over 4.5 pounds and caught on a gold spoon. My biggest over five-pound pompano was caught on a gold spoon as was my biggest over six-pound trout.

Lately even charged up mullet have been eating gold spoons and one mullet on a Zara Spook. What's going on with these killer vegetarians?

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Capt. George Tunison

This week aboard Flying Fins we've caught redfish on spoons, as well as snook, Spanish macs, bluefish, trout, ladyfish. The nice couple from Denver caught a variety of birds on spoons, actually line attached to spoons, for a Matlacha Bird Slam (four species). All fowl successfully unfouled and released unharmed. The brave guide was pecked repeatedly, but is recovering.

Local angler, Mr. Kip, is a spoon fan as well because a hard fighting 34-inch Matlacha inshore cobia ate his on Wednesday along with some bigger trout and bonus hard fighting and jumping bluefish.

There is no better search lure for covering lots ground quickly and finding fish inshore than the spoon. If forced to pick one lure only for local flats fishing the spoon would be my first choice as everything including tarpon will try and eat it.

Shine up any tarnished spoon with a dab of toothpaste, rub then rinse. Brand new and shiny again. The spoon is all about random baitfish flash attraction. It also hooks well and holds.

Best fished on a 7.5- to 8.5-foot medium action somewhat limber rod, with a full spool of 15-pound test braid to a small swivel. Finish the rig with 30 inches of fluorocarbon 20-30 pound leader material. Use SPRO #35 pound swivels only.

This set-up casts a mile, covers water, hooks and lands fish.

Tip: Always have a small file handy to touch up hook points that snag oysters and rocks. One hang up can ruin a hook point making it easy for the next fish to throw the hook. Keep a box of replacement trebles handy and change hooks often if you have trouble sharpening with a file.

Don't be lazy. If you have a lure with two treble hooks, that's six hook points. If you dull just one on a rock it's a sure bet that a world record snook will find it on the next cast. If there is any doubt, then first test it. Drag it lightly over your skin. The point should instantly penetrate needle like and not slide over skin. If you snag your hook, first feel it, if there is any doubt, file it or replace it.

Tip: Reel a spoon with a steady moderate retrieve causing the lure to flash side to side. Too fast it spins killing the action.

Running offshore look for prehistoric leaf fish under crab floats. Tripletails are hard fighters that are also delicious. Spot one then feed it a live shrimp on a hook or under a small float. Fly guys hit them right on the nose with a small streamer or shrimp imitation for a solid hook up and aerial display. Rule 1, get them away from the rope or else, then enjoy the fight.

Cobia, permit, big redfish, grouper, Spanish, even huge snook and others on or near to offshore reefs. Always try to keep a cobia rod at the ready with a fancy color bucktail or a bare hook and lively pinfish at the ready.

Tarpon are still in the harbor and hanging around the passes. Small to medium tarpon very active in Cape canals if you know where to look. Live pinfish or shiners under corks works wonders.

Lots of Spanish macs around the passes for family fun.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-282-9434 or, or



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