There are very few large spoons on the market today. Up to about 3½" you’re spoilt for choice; above 4" and there’s almost nothing. As a confirmed fan of spoons, I find this a great shame, especially as many reservoirs insist on 5" plus lures to protect their trout stocks.
Masterline have therefore helped to fill a big gap in the market with their Mister Muskie spoons, which are part of their Toothy Critter series of lures. Four sizes are available from 4 to 7 inches, each in 3 different colours.
Mister Muskies are made from relatively thin gauge metal which, coupled with their pronounced curved profile, translates into a tremendous action. It also means that they can be used in a wide range of depths from next to nothing down to at least 15 feet. In fact they’re remarkably similar to the long discontinued, but once very popular Efgeeco Pikers. These had a reputation for being difficult to cast, but I don’t find this to be a problem with Mister Muskies, with the 6" model capable of 50 yards. I suspect the reason is the remarkable improvement in tackle over the last 25 years.
I tested the 5", 6" and 7" models which weigh 25, 32 and 38 gms respectively. All seem to be made from the same gauge metal, but the 7" is somewhat broader, which means it doesn’t cast quite so well. On the other hand, it sinks more slowly which allows it to be worked at a snail’s pace and still retain a lot of action. However, in the deepish waters I fish, typically 8 to 15 feet, the 6" model has been the best producer. In fact, my test one is so battered the paint is coming off!
Whoever chose the colours really knows his stuff. Most spoons come in plain colours, and are often the same on each side. I much prefer the intermittent flash produced with a different colour on the reverse of a spoon, and this is what you get with the Mister Muskies. As any lighthouse keeper will tell you, an intermittent flash stands out much better than a steady beam.
When I go roving as opposed to boat fishing I cut right down on the number of lures I carry. However, these Mister Muskies always go with me, and I wouldn’t want to be without them.
All we’ve got to do now is to persuade Masterline to produce a thicker gauge version as well and the spoon angler would have almost everything covered. A 50% increase in weight would be perfect. How about it Chris?
Mister Muskies are available from all Masterline stockists. In case of difficulty call Masterline on 01684-299000 or e-mail them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright Steve Burke, January 2001.