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3/5/22 Bink’s spoons for catching crappie – a message from our partner

Daily Fishing Log For March 5, 2022

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date March 5, 2022 Air Temp 60s-70s but dropping Current Generation Minimum
Fisherman See below notes section for details Water Temp low to mid 40s
Hours Fished Sky Partly Cloudy Water Clarity Stained
Fishing Overall Good Wind Strong
Fish Caught
Total Caught Total Keepers
Size/Weight (Pounds)
Baits Used
Keepers Other Fish
Bait Colors
Keepers Other Fish
Location/Presentation/Structure
The last few days have yielded extremely heavy winds, but mild outside temperatures. However, that is on the fall looking ahead this week with temperatures not reaching above 50 until Wednesday with most nights ranging from the teens to low 30s. Still, the fishing continues to be good, but may aggressiveness may slow with the cold front we have this week. Yesterday during the Midwest Crappie Chasers tournament, five teams weighed in bags over 12 pounds despite the heavy winds. More coverage to come.
Fishing Notes

Overall, the crappie bite continues to be very good throughout most of the lake. Most of our guides are reporting seeing large number of schools, mostly in the Tebo arm, but also in the mid Grand within a couple miles either way of Bucksaw. The lower Osage has been a little less productive in terms of large numbers of crappie, but the fish are still there to be caught in and around standing timber near the main channel and fronts of pockets.

Many angler are used to dropping in a jig or a minnow for these crappie, but there is another bait you can use that can be equally effective – a spoon!

Bink’s Spoons is a midwestern company that has been around since the 90s. The spoon was originally developed by Darrell Binkley to be fished on Norfork Lake targeting stripers, hybrids, white bass, crappie, walleye, bass, and more! And boy does it ever catch them! Word got out about the spoons and now they are used from Minnesota all the way down into the south in Alabama and Mississippi.

Richard Bowling has been using the Bink’s Spoons for a couple of weeks and getting them extremely dialed in. We will be seeing many more reports from him featuring fish caught on the spoons.

Bink’s offers spoons of various sizes, but the 3/8ths and 1/4oz have been most productive in the last week. Any of their spoons with purple or blue on it has been very effective, like the Albino color.

You can order spoons that come with a treble hook or a single gold aberdeen hook. Richard has been using a spoon with a treble hook primarily, and tipping it with a small minnow if he needs a little extra attraction to entice a bite.

The key with the spoon right now is to keep it still and above the fish. If you get into a large school of crappie, you can drop it down slow and let it flutter through them. Slowly lift it back up through the school. If you do get bit, it will be a noticeable thump.

But, the best way to use it right now it holding right above the fish as still as you can, letting the spoon’s natural movement get their attention. If they begin to follow it, keep pulling it away slowly and this will likely result in a strike.

Definitely do not jerk the rod to create action with the spoon. At this time of year, that usually just spooks the fish. During the summertime, that type of motion could work a little better. Also, be careful that when you drop the spoon in the water that you are dropping it slowly where it doesn’t make a loud “plop” noise. A lot of fish, especially in the Tebo, are very shallow in the water column, sometimes only 6 inches to a foot below the surface in 18-20 feet of water. The loud noise can spook them.

To recap, keep the spoon above the fish as much as you can. This will result in the best opportunity for a bite. If they are looking at it but not biting, try tipping it with a small minnow or crappie nibble.

One of the best things about a Bink’s Spoon is that you can fish it around structure and trees. The weight of the spoon bounced against the hook when you are snagged often will knock the spoon off the snag, especially if you are using the spoon with a single aberdeen hook.

Watch video of Richard Bowling talking about the spoons HERE.

To learn more about Bink’s Spoons, you can visit them at their website and order some for yourself! Click here to visit the Bink’s Spoons website!

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