As we enter the fall season, we know the redfish will show up in large schools, and they will be easier to find and more aggressive as they hang together in these large groups. There are many different techniques and lure presentations that can be successful in getting redfish to strike during this time of year. One lure that many use this time of year is a spoon. It seems every angler has a specific spoon, color, different ways to rig it, different ways to retrieve it, and many other strategies. I have figured out a few things that have helped me catch more redfish with this lure. Here are a few keys that have helped me catch fish using this lure.

1)     I typically use a Gold Spoon, usually a ¼ -½ oz, depending on wind, current, and depth. I have used many different makes and models, but the Johnson Sprite (Redfish Kit) is my go-to.

2)      I usually tie the spoon to my leader with a loop knot.

3)      I like to make long casts, as this really makes a difference especially with schooling fish.

4)      I don’t attach anything to the spoon.

5)     The most important strategy is the retrieve. Using a slow steady retrieve has proven to be more effective. Faster erratic presentations haven’t proved to be as successful. One last thing, I have caught many snook, trout and other species with this lure, so it can be an effective all around presentation. The spoon is definitely a very effective lure, and I would encourage you to give it a try anytime but especially during the fall when the Reds are schooled up. Good luck and keep casting.