Salad Spoon Tips...

Adjust your retrieve to the density of the cover.

 In heavy, surface matted weeds, the Salad Spoon does a great job of triggering fish and getting them to come up and take a whack at it, by just retrieving it at a slow, steady pace. The White Satin (#68), Chartreuse Silk (#27) and Olive Green(#110) Salad Spoon colors seem especially productive in very dense vegetation with scatterede openings. The lure's tail action creates a wake and a gurgle that really gives off the appearance of something alive.

Especially in very dense cover, proper rigging is important to the right action, and to achieving a good hookup ratio. Be sure to rig on the proper Texposer hook – the 3/0 was designed and proportioned specifically for this bait – and to rig it straight with the hook eye barely into the plastic. Then, when a fish blasts through the salad to attack it, just stop reeling and offer minimal resistance as you let the fish pull the rod tip down into perfect hook setting position, at about a 2 o'clock attitude.

That same straight retrieve will often work pretty well in patchier cover too — even in areas where the cover doesn't reach the surface at all, and in open water, outside the cover. But when the cover is scattered, I sometimes find the action a lot faster if I adjust the retrieve and keep experimenting with it until the fish tell me what they want.

A kind of "sputtering" action is very productive in milfoil or hydrilla when the weeds are just starting to reach the surface, before they form a dense mat. Holding the rod tip high, give it erratic little twitches as you reel very slowly. The lure kind of burps and sputters along like something that's trying to get out of the water, but not doing a very good job of it. That kind of weak and dying action will draw fish out of the cover when a steady retrieve might not. The same when I'm fishing around mixed cover like light brush with some weeds, or fallen trees with some dead floating vegetation drifted in against them.

What a lot of anglers don't realize is that the Salad Spoon -- especially in the silver and gold flake colors (#2 & #109) can also work real well beneath the surface. When you work it slow enough to just swim 6 inches or a foot down, it offers a more finesseful variation on the same kind of triggers that a spinnerbait imparts.