How to Surf Fish With a Spoon

by Zach Lazzari

The spoon is a versatile lure that works in most rivers, lakes and ocean environments. Fishing spoons in the surf will catch most species that prey on bait fish. The wobbling action of the spoon imitates the swimming motion of a bait fish, and the reflective flash imitates the lateral lines and shimmer of a bait fish. Adjusting the retrieve and concentrating on specific surf fishing techniques creates the opportunity to catch fish in the surf on a regular basis.

Items you will need

  • Two-hand surf rod
  • Spoon
  • Snap swivel
  • Binoculars
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Step 1

Use a two-hand surf rod for surf fishing. Tie a swivel to the end of the line with a clinch knot. Pinch the the swivel clip to unlock and hook the clip on the spoon loop. Pinch again to lock the swivel.

Step 2

Stand at a high point on the beach, and use binoculars to scan for fish. Take your time to determine the best area for fishing. Look for nervous water and crashing schools of bait fish to find a good starting point.

Step 3

Walk to the edge of the surf and into the water, if possible. Use an overhead casting motion to launch the spoon as far as it will carry. Cast with as much power as possible to send the spoon far into the surf.

Step 4

Wait 10 seconds after the spoon lands before beginning the retrieve. After counting to 10, jerk the rod tip upward and reel the slack as you lower the rod tip. This creates a diving motion with the spoon and covers several layers in the water column.

Step 5

Speed the retrieve until the spoon is skipping on the surface of a school of bait fish visibly jumping in the area. The jumping fish are being consumed by striped bass or other predatory fish, and skipping the lure imitates the panicked bait fish.

Step 6

Slow the retrieve to a moderate and consistent pace during dead periods. Make small changes in the pace to adjust the depth and cover as much water as possible until the spoon begins producing fish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Silver spoons are productive, but carry several color variations to experiment during slow periods.

Photo Credits

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