Catching Crappie on Spoons


In the past I hardly ever used spoons for catching crappie. In fact, it was the last lure I would use. Well that was then. Now I always have a few spoons ready to fish.

I kind of stumbled onto using spoons. I was moving from one of my go to crappie spots to another near by spot when this occured. Normally I would have cranked up the outboard and wasted no time in getting to the next spot. But this time I decided to just take my time and use the trolling motor to get to there. As I enterd the mouth of the creek, I noticed large fish arches on my depth finder at about 30 feet. I assumed they were stripers and figured thst since I wasn't in any hurry, I'd might as well see if I could jig up a few. As fate would have it, I didn't have my striper lures on the boat. I did have a bass rod and an old spoon that I really can't remember ever using. To keep this history lesson short, I'll just say this. The arches that I thought were stripers were in fact 18 inch crappie! 

I went from catching 12 to 14 inch crappie, which by the way are nice fish, to 18 inch crappie! I tried using my 1/16 ounce jigs as well as 1/8 and 1/4 ounce tube jigs and didn't get a bite. As soon as I went back to the spoon, I started catching them again. After the bite slowed down, instead of going to my next normal spot, I decided to look for more creek mouths. 

Not every creek mouth I found had fish in them. But when I did mark fish 20-30 feet deep, the spoon wored like magic. The technique I use is to let the spoon drop to the bottom on slack line. Next I give the rod a sharp jerk upwards as if I'm setting the hook on a bass. I let the spoon sink again. I do this a few times just to see if there are fish on the bottom. If I don't get any takers, I'll quickly wind up to the level that I'm marking fish and start the jerking upward routine over. If I don't get bit after that, I'll wind all the up to the surface and repeat the whole routine. 

I don't remember for sure who made the spoon I was using back then. I believe it may have been an Hopkins spoon. Now I almost always use a Bink's Spoon. It was developed by a well known guide, Darrell Binkley of Bink's Guide Sevice, Norfolk Arkansas. His spoons catch everything from Crappie to Stripers.

In the summer when fish are deep, try a spoon and you will be surprised at how well they work.


Check out the fishing of Darrell using his spoon to catch Stripers on Lake Norfolk in Arkansas Bink's video

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