Spinnerbaits and spoons have long been staples in a bass fisherman’s tackle box, and they are leaned on heavily in the Mississippi Delta for bass and redfish. Their flash and vibration make them an unmistakable target in low-visibility water and a great search bait.
“The spinnerbait is one of the easiest lures to use on the market,” said guide Jason Dail of Silver Spoon Charters. “You throw it out and reel it in; that’s all you have to do. Just a slow and steady retrieve on the spinnerbaits and the spoons. If the spoon isn’t twisting on the line — it’s wobbling back and forth — you’re working it correctly. I’ll use a gold, silver or bronze spoon.”
Although any well-functioning spinnerbait is subject to elicit a redfish strike, those that will stand the test of time will need to be heavy duty. Heavy-gauge wire arms and a sturdy hook are necessary to keep the bait from being mangled by the fish’s jaw and body strength. Brands like Strike King’s Redfish Magic and Cajun Thunder’s Thunder Spin are made for the task, but they’re not the only options.
“I use the ¼-ounce Betts Halo Spin with the Halo Shad or rig it up some other soft plastic on a jighead, like and an Egret Wedgetail or a Salty Bay Minnow,” Dail said.
Spoons are often overlooked due to their simplicity. It’s not a gimmicky or highly marketed lure, but it is the workhorse of many redfish anglers. It’s weedless, not apt to get hung up and virtually indestructible. While the Johnson Silver Minnow has been in play for nearly 80 years in the classic silver and gold, it can now be found in colors ranging from fire tiger to red shad, complete with a life-like scale finish and eyes for those who just can’t trust an uncomplicated lure.