After he has done whatever damage he can with the crankbait and swimbait, he then moves to a big flutter spoon. Using his Humminbird electronics, Palaniuk is able to pitch the spoon around his boat.
“I use that spoon close to the boat, pitching it out to bass I see on MEGA Live or 360. I’ll hold my rod at about 10 to 11 o’clock and just burn it with my reel then let it fall back down. It’s just a pure reaction bite.”
Palaniuk admits that he could likely trigger a strike with the spoon right away if he were to cast it into a school when he first pulls up to a spot. But the main reason he doesn’t like to start with the spoon is the landing ratio. With a big flutter spoon, the bass can gain a lot of leverage and either throw the spoon on the jump or tear off underwater. So it’s not a bait he likes to start with, but it’s definitely a bait he can trigger additional strikes with once they slow down on the crankbait and swimbait.
“I think when you change from that horizontal action (of a crankbait and swimbait) to that vertical action (of a spoon), it makes those fish react,” Palaniuk said. “There are two things that trigger a fish to react, either a fleeing bait fish or a dying baitfish. You get both of those things with the retrieve on a spoon.”
Once Palaniuk has gotten all of the aggressive bass out of the way with the crankbait and swimbait and triggered whatever strikes he can with spoon, then it’s time to slow way down.