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7/10/22 now is a great time to be throwing Bink’s Spoons tipped with a minnow and more tips

Daily Fishing Log For July 10, 2022

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date July 10, 2022 Air Temp 90s-100s Current Generation Minimum
Fisherman Truman Lake Intel Guides and Members Water Temp mid to upper 80s
Hours Fished See below notes for details Sky Sunny Water Clarity Clean
Fishing Overall Good Wind Light
Fish Caught
Total Caught Total Keepers
Size/Weight (Pounds)
Baits Used
Keepers Other Fish
Bink's Spoons!
Bait Colors
Keepers Other Fish
Any color, but especially blue/white, black/white, purple/white (albino)
Location/Presentation/Structure
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. You may have seen other reports discussing Bink's Spoons in previous months. For the rest of the 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. Bink's Spoons were made popular by their creator, Darrell Binkley, on Norfolk Lake. There, he uses the spoons to target many species including crappie, walleye, white bass, hybrids, and stripers. This is the time of the year to get out the jigging spoons. For Truman, you'll more than likely be fishing 0-20 feet of water for hybrids and white bass so the 1/2 oz spoon will work just fine. In clear water, you need to be using one with a lot of white. In stained water, one with a lot of dark color. C. Size - match the size with the size of bait they are feeding on that day (Real important ) D. last but not least, while jigging raise your rod over your head and let it fall all on slack line!
Fishing Notes

Summertime patterns are on! Put that jig away and go pick you up some minnows. Crappie are out on the main lake mud flats on timber and they are eating those minnows up left and right.

Big hedge trees and hardwoods with lots of branches are producing large schools of crappie and they are easy pickings when you find them.  One way to spice up your presentation is to use a Bink’s Spoon! Bink’s Spoons are an excellent tool to have in your arsenal for this pattern. They come in a variety of colors and add a nice fluttering action as you drop it down.

The most effective way to fish Bink’s Spoons for crappie is to tip a minnow onto the hook. That goes for whether you’re using the spoon that only has a single hook on it or a treble hook. If you use the single hook and get snagged, it is typically very easy to bounce the rod slightly and the weight of the spoon with knock the hook off the snag. It will work with the treble hook too, but may not be as effective. Be careful though, that action that makes it easy to knock it off snags also does the same thing in the mouth of a fish. You want to raise that fish up in one smooth action right into the boat.

Simply tip the hook of the Bink’s Spoon with a minnow and get on a main lake flat. If you can find where the small ditches are coming in off the bank into the flat, those will be key places that fish like to stack up. Pull up to the tree and just slowly drop that spoon down the side. The lake is below normal pool now, so you should be able to see a lot more brush and stick ups protruding from the water. Make a mental note and mark those on your graph. When the lake level returns to normal or higher, it is those pieces of structure that often get overlooked because they become submerged at normal pool or higher. As a result, they don’t get pressured and the fish will get on them more.

If the current is going good, be sure to check out some of the flat points on the main lake with cedars and hedges. Those crappie will many times get on those trees when the current starts rolling and get a lot higher up in the water column.

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Bink’s Spoons Website

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