Laker One/gar 1970/Jeff/All,
I took my 5 ft. ultralight down to the Lake Athens boat ramp area and fished off two of the docks this afternoon around 4:15 PM. I spent just a bit under and hour and it started getting cold so I drove home.
I caught: one bass, two nice crappie and three small bluegills.
I think I missed 3 or so solid bites where they managed to not get hooked properly. That little barb-less hook? Once they are on, they stay on. When I removed the hook each time, it almost fell out and it makes me wonder how they stay pinned . . . but they seem to really well. I hate treble hooks with a passion so I was glad these came this way.
The attached photo shows one of the tiny .8 gram spoons. I put a dime next to it for reference.
Casting distance? I was using 2 lbs. braid, Sufix Nanobraid and I'd say my longest casts were 40 to 45 feet, just solid casts, no Tarzan swings. I made several longer casts but with a tiny wind to my back.
These .8 gram spoons seem to have a fall rate of about 1 ft per second. I was fishing over grass and never hung up.
My retrieval was: cast, let it fall for a few seconds, then twitch my rod tip either parallel to the water surface or vertically. What this does is cause the spoon to flutter. If I pulled it smoothly, it had sort of an erratic motion and this could be just owing to the diminutive size of the spoon. The water at Lake Athens is pretty clear and I tested retrieval patterns in the shallows to see how they looked. All 3 species I caught seemed to hit the spoon after the twitches.
I had just finished working out at the gym, had a lot of body heat built up, the coolness out fishing felt great but I finally cooled off and it started getting cold so I packed it up and went home. It was great!
If you ultralight fish with artificial lures, this would be a strong addition for cast and retrieve angling.