Spoonie Season In Missouri

Discussion in 'LOCAL MISSOURI TALK' started by Itch2Scratch, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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    Could someone please enlighten me as to the start and close of Spoonie season. Since I am pretty sure it starts next month it seems appropriate to start talking about it now. While we are at it could you please tell us what rigging you feel works best as well as the equipment you use and type line. Thanks Guys.:)
     
  2. Chanellocked

    Chanellocked New Member

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    Hey Ken, spoonbill season starts March 15th and runs through April 30th. There is an Ozark Snagmasters Tournament on April 21st, Jaybird has a link somewhere in the tournament talk forum:thumbsup:
     

  3. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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    Thanks for the update Channellocked..:)
     
  4. Crispy Critter

    Crispy Critter New Member

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    I think I might give it a try this spring.It looks like it would be fun.As long as I'm not required to put 15 people in my 16' boat..I watched them out here last year and some of the boats reminded me of the ones I would see the coast guard turn back south on the news when I lived in south Florida..LOL...I have never tried it but I used to grab suckers on the river.I don't think I ever caught a sucker that size though, might pull me out of the boat.
     
  5. Boogan1

    Boogan1 New Member

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    I am also thinking about tryin it this year, never done it before. Could someone explain how to rig for them? How do you fish for them? What rythm or method do you use? Thanks, Boog
     
  6. Chanellocked

    Chanellocked New Member

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    Dang Wolfman, you must have peeked in my garage, how'd you know I used a pool cue for a snaggin' rod(lol);). All kiddin aside, I do use a Penn 309 for snaggin and an Okuma levelwind as a backup clamped to a broom handle(lol):rolleyes:
     
  7. Chanellocked

    Chanellocked New Member

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    No problem Itch, always willing to help out a brother...Good Luck this snaggin season(it may be short but oh so sweet):thumbsup:
     
  8. Chanellocked

    Chanellocked New Member

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    Boog, if you're snaggin from a boat, I use a Penn 309 with 130lb dacron line(you could use 80lb dacron w/Penn 209) and a heavy duty catfish rod with a roller tip(optional) tie on 3 to 4 14/0 treble hooks with 8-16 oz bank sinkers. From the shore use a 10-15ft long heavy duty rod with a big spinning reel, use 2 12/0 hooks with 4-5oz bank sinkers and 40lb test. If forgot anything, pm spoonfish, he'll always steer you right:thumbsup:
     
  9. Boogan1

    Boogan1 New Member

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    Thanks for the info guys, can someone post up a pic or instructions on how to tie the hooks so they lay along the line? And how much weight did you say for snaggin from a boat......8-16oz?????? as in eight sixteen ounce sinkers? I am not sure how many times I can yank 8 pounds of lead through the water, I am guessing not that many! I have two sinker molds, 10 oz and 16 oz but may pick up a 12 and 14. Thanks for all the help, sorry so many questions, still a newbie. Boog
     
  10. Believer

    Believer New Member

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    No, they mean an 8 oz or 16 oz sinker. Man that would be tough trying to use 8 lbs of lead! :eek:

    I've never done it from a boat, but would like to.
    I'll be using 2 10/0 hooks & a 5 oz sinker.

    Eric
     
  11. Boogan1

    Boogan1 New Member

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    Can anyone post up a pic of how you tie the hooks? Thanks, boog
     
  12. Boogan1

    Boogan1 New Member

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    Thanks Wolfman, that's what I was looking for, a pic would be great if anyone had one, but I think I can figure it out. Boog
     
  13. Sinker

    Sinker New Member

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    Watch what yer doing! That second half hitch is made in the line between the eye of the hook and yer sinker. If you use the other side, yer hook is on upside down, and running backwards. It's all the same to me tho. I've just never seen it work. I've tied on hundreds of them and still every once in a while screwed up. Ain't never seen it work! I hope this guy I'm gonna tell about reads this. Years ago, on the bank of the Osage a few miles below Osceola, this loudmouth blowhard was slinging his rig right along with all of us. Lots of snags there and eventually everyone snagged one (snag that is).
    Blowhard never did, and not only that, he would belittle everbody else when they did. We all saw what he was doing, but nobody ever told him! For all I know he's still snaggin that way.....with the hooks upside down!!!
     
  14. Chanellocked

    Chanellocked New Member

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    Hey Boog, didn't mean confuse you on the sinker weights, I should have said 8oz to 16oz depending on boat speed and river current. Don't have any pics either, sorry bud. But if you can tie a palomar knot that 's half the battle(it's the only knot that I know how to tie well) then a couple loops on the hook shank to help keep it straight when you pull. Listen to Wolfman, he explains it better then I ever could...Good Luck
     
  15. NoCat2Big

    NoCat2Big New Member

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    WHOAA THERE Wolfie, Don't let them get the wrong idea..:eek:

    It is illegal to snag spoonbill from Truman dam down to the 65 hwy bridge. That is a spoonbill refuge area.

    Now, That only cuts a couple miles out of the river becuase 65 hwy bridge is only 2-3 miles down river. You can start snagging right there at the Roadhouse (next to 65 bridge) and points down river from there.
     
  16. NoCat2Big

    NoCat2Big New Member

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    Another tip for snagging past the 65 bridge on Osage river (below truman dam)..

    If you are in a boat DON'T drop your line until you are about 75 yards down stream from the bridge.. The old bridge, or parts of it, is still down in the water.
    You WILL snag into it... I've busted a pole there before, and lost a few hooks and weights.

    I've had the best luck on that part of the river running down the right hand side near the bluffs about 20 feet from the bank.. water averages around 30 ft for a while and then shallows up when you get down towards the bend. Then on past the bend it gets pretty good again but the right hand side there (going down stream) can get pretty shallow so watch where you are going!!!

    Good luck, and see you on the water.
     
  17. Tulcat

    Tulcat New Member

    Boog,

    Here is a ROUGH drawing I did a few years ago and had posted on the old BOC site. Let me know if you need any clarifications.
     

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  18. NoCat2Big

    NoCat2Big New Member

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    Only 9 more shopping days until Snagging season!!!!!!!
     
  19. Mr.T

    Mr.T New Member

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    Right now on the Men's Channel, there's a program where they're snagging spoonies down on Grand Lake of the Cherokees.

    That same "unnamed professional guide" who was on the catfishing episode a couple of weeks ago is in this episode as well... ;)
     
  20. Mr.T

    Mr.T New Member

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    Hey! That's supposed to be a secret for those of us who remember driving across that bridge! Seems like the pilings used to be just below the water surface many years ago - either they've taken some off the top or the water level is higher than it used to be...