How long will it take to get my order?
If your order is placed Monday through Friday before 1:00 PM Central time it will ship the same day. If it's ordered between 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM it will likely go out the same day. Any orders after 3:30 PM will ship the next day. Orders received on Saturday before 8:00 AM Central Time will ship the same day. Orders received between 8:00 AM and11:00 AM will likely ship the same day. Orders received after 11:00 AM will ship Monday. Shipping is usually 2-3 days but it's not guaranteed. With the COVID 19 issues some orders get delayed but most orders have been delivered in 2-3 days.
How do you work these spoons?
The Bink's Pro Series Spoons are designed for vertical jigging and horizontal jigging. They can also be cast out and retrieved like a casting spoon. For vertical jigging-simply position your boat above the fish and drop the spoon to them. Snap the spoon in an upward motion and then let it free fall. They normally will hit on the fall. Horizontal jigging is great for working flats or areas that have little to snag up on. Cast the spoon out as far as you can and let the spoon fall to the bottom. Reel up the slack and then start snapping the spoon with an upward motion and then let the spoon free fall back to the bottom. Reel in the slack and repeat the process working the spoon back to the boat. Again, they will usually hit on the fall. These spoons can also be cast out and retrieved with a medium to fast retrieve and be very effective. If you're fishing for white bass, stripers or hybrids (wipers) and they are having a top water feeding frenzy, cast the spoon out to them and then retrieve it by continually ripping the spoon and then letting it fall. Again they will hit on the fall. Another method used by many of our customers is slow trolling with the spoons. This is very effective for walleye.The one ounce spoon works the best for this because of it's weight. Troll at about 1 mph and let out enough line so the spoon is tapping the bottom. Gently lift the rod and let if fall every three to four seconds while you're trolling. Here is a link to our youtube video on How to Use The Bink's Spoons.
What's the best color for my area?
This varies depending on mostly the water clarity but there are a few exceptions. For clear lakes the whites are the best color example : White Many Shad, White Scale, Albino, White Black Back etc. For stained lakes the brighter colors are best like silver, gold, blue metallic, fire tiger, bluegill, and passion shad. The clown, White/Fluorescent Green Back, Albino, and White/Grey Back Orange Belly do well in both stained and clear water. There are a few exceptions to this. On the deep clear great lakes the whites work the best for lake trout, kings, cicsco and white fish but the Coho's seem to prefer the blue gill and White/Grey Back/Orange Belly. Walleye on all of the great lakes seem to prefer fire tiger, gold and clown. For crappie, stick to the guidelines listed here but it's good to have a nice assortment. Crappie seem to prefer different colors from day to day.
What is the best size to use?
There are three factors in determining what size to use. Species of fish, the depth you are fishing and the size of the bait the fish are feeding on. For small panfish the 1/8 and 1/4 oz are the best size. For all other fish 1/8 through 2 oz can be used. The most important factor to determine size is matching the hatch. If it's practical, use the spoon size that is the closest to what they are feeding on. The sizes of our spoons are listed under the Spoon Specs tab on the main menu and also listed in the description of each spoon. We've had many customers tell us that they go back to a spot they were at the day before where they were catching a lot of fish but today they don't seem to want the same spoon that they were using the day before. By going up or down one size they started catching fish again. This isn't necessarily because they are feeding on a different size bait but that they were probably more active the day before and size didn't matter as much. The other factor is the depth you are fishing. A 1/4 oz spoon may best match the hatch, but if the fish are 50' deep it's not practical to use a 1/4 oz spoon because it would take too long to get down to 50'. A general guideline for spoon size vs depth is as follows.
1/8 oz 1 to 20' 1/4 oz 1 to 25' 3/8 oz 1 to 30'
1/2 oz 1 to 40' 3/4 oz 1 to 50' 1 oz 1 to 110'
2 oz 1 to 150'
What type of line do you recommend for the Bink's Pro Series Spoons?
We recommend Berkley Vantage fluorocarbon or an equivilant line. Especially on clear lakes. If you prefer to use braid you should put a fluorocarbon leader on it. Many of our customers that use braid remove the swivel from the spoon and use it to tie the fluorocarban leader to the braid and then tie the spoon directly to the leader. For the 1/8 oz and 1/4 oz we recommend 4 lb to 6 lb test. For the 3/8 and 1/2 oz we recommend 6 lb to 10 lb test. For the 3/4 oz and up we recommend using 8 lb to 12 lb test.
What type of rod do you recommend?
For the 1/8 oz spoon (and 1/4 oz if fishing for panfish) we recommend a 5'6" ultra light rod. For the 1/4 oz to 1/2 oz we recommend a medium to light action 6' to 6'6" rod. For 3/4 oz and 1 oz we recommend a medium heavy 5'6" rod for vertical jigging and a 6'6" rod for horizontal jigging. We make a 5'7" medium heavy rod for vertical jigging that works well for the 1/4 oz all the way to the 1 oz spoons. This rod is super strong and super light. You can work even a one ounce spoon all day without tiring out your arm. The bait cast version comes with a pistol grip.
Do you have to worry about the line getting snagged on the hook with these spoons?
For the most part this is not an issue with the larger spoons but sometimes the smaller spoons will have a tendency to get caught on the line. We spent a lot of time trying to figure out why this happens to some people and not to others. It has to do with the cadence of the jigging and the type of line that you are using. For spoons 1/2 oz and larger you may have problems if you use less than 10 lb test line, especially if you use 6 lb test or smaller. What we found out on the small spoons is that if you have a problem it can usually be resolved by removing the swivel from the spoon. You can either move the swivel up 12" or more on the line by using a leader or just remove the swivel all together, if you're not worried about line twist. It will happen occasionally on the larger spoons but you will notice it immediately when you're working the spoon and many times you can shake it loose without bringing the spoon in all the way.
Where are the Bink's Spoons made?
Our spoons are made either in Midway Arkansas or Isle Minnesota. The assembly of the hook and swivels along with the packaging are done in house so we can inspect every spoon for quality. We do have an overseas source available if necessary to meet demand.