In most of the clearwater lakes, impoundments and other large bodies of water around the world including the oceans and seas, the easiest way to find fish is to find the schools of baitfish. In the freshwater areas of North America, often these schools of baitfish are shad (Hickory, Gizzard, Tennessee, Herring, American). When you find the "balls" of shad on your electronic depth finder, you will almost always find fish holding under and behind the shad. Sometimes, these massive schools of shad will be in deep water, meaning 50 feet or more and the only effective way to catch the fish without the use of downriggers is to position your boat over the school and fish vertical with a jig or spoon. The most effective bait to use when vertical jigging or spooning is a bait that resembles a shad.
Well known guide Darrel Binkley of Bink's Guide Service, Norfork, Arkansas used his many years of experience when developing one of the most effective spoons for vertical fishing that is available to the fisherman today. The Bink's Pro Series Spoon is unique in the fact that it is made of tin rather than lead. Tin is lighter than lead so to get the same weight (like a one ounce spoon), a tin spoon can be much bigger in profile than a lead spoon, therefore giving it a more realistic profile and more resembling the proper size baitfish that the predator fish want to eat. Also, there is an awareness that lead is not environmentally safe and there are areas that already are discouraging the use of lead in weights and baits. This trend will continue in the near future and the Bink's Pro Series Spoon is a step ahead of the game. According to Bink, tin is eight (8) times more expensive than lead so the cost of manufacturing the Bink's Pro Series Spoon is considerably more than the average spoon made of other materials.
The Bink's Pro Series Spoon is very attractive and realistic in appearance. The cast spoon is first painted white and then overlaid with graphics which closely resemble a baitfish. Then oversized eyes are added to give the spoon an even more real look. It has been documented that a predator fish will zero in on the eyes of its prey so it is reasonable to assume that the more visible the eyes are, the easier it is for a fish to target the bait. This is why some of the shad family, like the Tennessee shad has a dark spot on its side on the back half of its body. Often, predator fish will target this dark spot on the shad's body instead of its eye and will misjudge the speed needed to capture the prey. This is nature's way of allowing the Tennessee shad to be more evasive as to help perpetuate the species.
After being painted, overlaid with graphics and the eyes installed, a good quality stainless steel treble hook is then added to the Bink's Pro Series Spoon. The spoon closely resembles a young of the year shad and when dropped into the water, it flutters from side to side while sinking much the same as an injured shad. Any predator fish will hit the Bink's Pro Series Spoon without hesitation because of its striking likeness in its look and action to a real shad.
Fishermen all across the country are finding out about the Bink's Pro Series Spoon and fish are being caught on them from the Great Lakes to Mexico. You can order a selection of these fine quality, great fishing lures on Bink's website. Just click on Bink's logo on the Guide Page of this website.