The metal fishing spoon lure was believed to be first used back in the 1840's. Fishing spoons are a simple design, an oblong shape, concave on one side that catches water producing a wobble and light reflecting flash imitating a fleeing or crippled bait fish. Because spoons appeal mainly to the sense of sight they work best on clear or lightly stained water conditions. The long standing popularity of fishing spoons results from ease of use as a fish usually will hook itself when it grabs a spoon. Spoons work best for larger predators such as northern pike, largemouth bass, muskies, walleye, salmon and trout.
The action of a fishing spoon is based on it's shape and thickness. A long spoon will display a wider side to side wobble than a shorter spoon. A deep concave spoon will also produce a wider wobble than a flatter spoon. Thin fishing spoons used for trolling have an erratic wobble compared to thick spoons but thick spoons have advantages as well, the extra weight casts better, sinks faster and will run deeper than thinner spoons. Pelican offers three types of spoons: Casting spoons, trolling spoons, and jigging spoons. Pelicans fishing spoons are stamped from steel. Their spoons are powdered both sides with a metallic flake, painted one side with a polished metallic surface on at other side to reflect the sunlight making the spoon visible, or painted one side with a glow-in-the-dark finish and the other side has a metal finish. When casting or trolling a spoon the speed is critical for success, if fished too slow or too fast the spoon will not wobble properly, you should experiment to find the precise speed for each spoon to perform its best. When casting a fishing spoon anglers will cast 10 to 20 feet beyond the area they believe the fish are and retrieve through the strike zone. For flat line trolling from behind a boat the speed and amount of line out should be the main consideration, as well as in using depth control rigging such as downriggers and dipsey divers.