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5/4/22 Bink’s Spoons – tips for selecting the right tackle to throw a spoon

Daily Fishing Log For May 4, 2022

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date May 4, 2022 Air Temp 70s Current Generation Medium
Fisherman Bink's Spoons Water Temp 58-61
Hours Fished See below notes sections for details Sky Sunny 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
The crappie spawn kicked off in the last two weeks, but has been intermittent, especially with the rains we've received of late. Lake is up high a few feet and that impacts where you are going to find them on the bank. A lot of the guides have moved out of the banks and are finding spawning fish on horizontal structure in various depths of water. The females are sitting right on top of them. With the fish out off the banks, there are a variety of baits you can try. Jigs and minnows are producing. But, another option is the spoon, which is a great crappie bait and general multi-species lure. Additionally, hybrids and white bass will soon be a prime target species on Truman Lake, and the spoon is an ideal lure to entice a bite from those hard fighting fish. Bink's Spoons has been around since the 90s and used across the country, but especially in the midwest from Arkansas all the way up to Minnesota and Wisconsin. In the previous month, you may have seen other reports discussing Bink's Spoons. For the next year, we will have a post about Bink's Spoons every two weeks and how to effectively use them on Truman Lake and beyond for crappie and many more predator species.
Fishing Notes

Today, we will be sharing some tips from expert guide, Brian Ondrejka, owner/operator of Kansas Angling Experience, who guides on several lakes in Kansas and has utilized Bink’s Spoons for years for multi-species fishing ranging from crappie, hybrids, white bass, and walleye across the Midwest. Below are his thoughts on some of the best tackle options for throwing a Bink’s Spoon:

Tackle selection is huge for spoon fishing and you will get a ton of different answers. Traditionally, spoons have been fished on a heavier rod with heavy mono. However, because mono is like a rubber band, it takes a LOT of effort to impart the action needed to work a spoon. The heavy mono also (helps) prevent the treble from tangling in the line.

But for me personally, I prefer braid, for just about everything.  A flouro or mono leader is key-tying direct to braid will get your treble tangled even just on a cast. I run 15# braid to anywhere from a 12-17#, 12-18″ flouro leader, depending on the size of the spoon.

As far as rod selection goes, typically anything with treble hooks I’m running long medium light rods, or a medium action rod with a moderate taper. Big Wipers and big Walleyes love to shake their heads and make hard runs, so a medium light rod helps absorb that impact, and a longer 7’3-7’6 rod unloads slower on those headshakes which will help keep the fish pinned vs. a medium or medium heavy which unloads fast, causing slack in the line and the fish throwing the hook.

You will see a lot of guys spooning with a casting rod, but I’m not a fan. Having a spinning reel with a smooth drag system is absolutely key for big fish, Wipers especially. You just don’t get that with a casting reel. For the regular guy, a medium action rod with a fast tip, and 2500-3000 size spinning reel with a smooth drag will work just fine.

-Brian Ondrejka, Kansas Angling Experience

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