I have been receiving numerous questions about the Ben Parker Custom Spoons recently. Most people are astounded by its size, but don’t let that fool you. To put it in perspective, how many Striper anglers go out of their way to get big Gizzard Shad or Rainbow Trout, as big as 18 inches, to use as bait? The Ben Parker Spoon is 8 inches, just like a large herring or a relatively average size shad. In relative terms it is not that big.
I received the first spoons in early July, so to this point, I have only used it for deep water applications, primarily power reeling. Below, I will explain how I have been successful with it on Lake Lanier and surrounding waters in the southeast.
How to fish the Ben Parker Spoon
Simply drop the bait down below the fish and reel it back up through them at a fairly brisk pace. The fish may see the spoon on the fall or on the way up. If the fish takes the spoon as you are reeling up, the bite is very noticeable, almost violent, and you should get hooked up. If the fish takes the spoon on the way down, that’s a different ballgame. Hook-ups as the spoon is moving up are easier because the line is tight. This is due to the fact that the spoon is going up and the fish tends to take the spoon and move down, eliminating the slack from the line. If the spoon is free-falling, the bite is difficult to detect and the fish will blow the spoon out if you are not very quick to respond. As the spoon is free-falling, keep your rod tip low and be ready to kick the reel in gear on the bite. Keeping the rod low to the water allows you to lift the rod and start cranking which in turn gets the line tight and sets the hook before the fish figures out that this is a trick! This whole issue is compounded because of the action of the spoon.
As it drops, it will stop and cradle left and right a few times before it starts sliding downward. This cradling action is a huge plus as far as drawing a strike. I think it is what makes the bait so effective, but it will require your attention as these changes in pace are often when the strike occur. Adding an assist hook on the top of the spoon is also a plus.
What if it gets hung? It will, but most times it will shake out like most spoons. If all else fails your umbrella retriever will get your spoon back every time.
The bottom line is that Parker and Nichols have done a great job designing this bait. I have no doubt that keeping a couple magnum spoons on board will catch you some extra fish!
I’ll provide an update very soon on other ways to utilize this bait as we go into Fall and Winter![space]
If you are looking to purchase the Ben Parker Magnum Spoon, we now have them in stock.