A spoon is an oblong, concave lure with a shape that resembles a small shoehorn or the bowl of a shallow spoon. Spoon lures are nearly always made of metal and are usually relatively heavy, weighing between .5 ounce and 2.5 ounces [source: Bass Fishing and Catching]. Their sturdy weight and smooth, spare design make spoons among the most weedless of all bass fishing lures, meaning that they are ideal for fishing in heavy cover such as submerged weeds, mosses and grasses with a minimum amount of snagging [source: Bass Resource].
Spoons are typically considered deepwater lures, used to catch bass swimming down on the bottom or suspended at midlevel depths [source: Bass Fishing and Catching]. Because of their weight and the thickly vegetated areas where they are often used, spoons require a heavy line and a medium to heavy rod [sources: Bass Fishing and Catching; Bass Resource].
While spoons excel at slipping through weeds and debris below the surface, the lures on the next page are favorites for navigating thick grasses in the shallows or on top of the water.