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 #240650  by alhazayin
 Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:18 pm
I know this sounds stupid, but anyone ever tried casting unweighted trolling spoons like the coho killer off the beach with some weight added for salmon.? Sort of like casting a dick nite but with a bigger spoon?
 #240654  by BentRod
 Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:54 am
Theoretically, you'd think it would work, but in reality it's not a feasible approach. The large light spoon would need to be on a significantly long leader to get it away from the weight and that whole rig would not only be a tangling mess, but create significant wind resistance that would not allow you to cast very far. I've played with a lot of setups from the beaches in PS and for most of our gravel/sand type beaches, weighted spoons, spinners, jigs, and rotators are best for retrieval type lures.
Of course there are scenarios where you might be able to employ a non-weighted spoon successfully, say from a rock jetty or possibly a pier, but I still think it would take some trial and error and still only be as effective as the other offerings already used.
FWIW.
 #240656  by Shad_Eating_Grin
 Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:33 pm
Many years ago, I tried casting an unweighted spoon off a pier. Didn't get any salmon, but couldn't keep the bullheads (staghorn sculpin) off. Must have caught dozens that day (all released).
 #240659  by spokey9
 Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:33 am
i used to toss dick nites off les davis pier as a kid. i'd use a 1/2 or 1 oz banana weight with the dick nite tied on about 6 to 8 ft leader. i'd do pretty good when the silvers where targeting smaller baitfish. I've never used a coho killer or full size spoon though, biggest i used was a #1 dick nite in 50/50, chrome, and red & white.