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Lure Review

Topwater Action with the Multi-Talented Jackall Binksy


Date: 1/14/15
Tackle type: Lure
Manufacturer: Jackall
Reviewer: Wolbugger

Total Score: 8.02 - GREAT

What angler doesn't absolutely love to catch fish on a topwater? Watching any fish crush a surface bait is undoubtedly one of the fastest ways to speed up your pulse. From prop baits to poppers, us bass anglers have a large array of topwater plugs at our disposal. While the current selection available on today's market is certainly more than sufficient, many folks are constantly on the lookout for something a bit different that may give them an edge on pressured waters. Thankfully, Jackall's new Binksy topwater is precisely that—a versatile, unique bait that flat-out gets bit!


 Jackall Binksy Specifications

Type Floating topwater
Length 2.75 inches
Weight 3/7 ounce
Material Plastic
Hooks (2) Owner ST36BC #5 Trebles
Colors 6
Original Japan
MSRP $14.99

Meet Jackall's newest topwater lure, the Binksy

Quality/Construction: As with all Jackall products I've experienced, my Binksy test bait boasts excellent quality. It not only looks great from afar but up close as well. All of the detail—from the way the head is sculpted to the scale pattern—is impressive. The colors are vibrant and the few pieces of included hardware are also sturdy and appear very refined.

Zander and I both fished these baits during the field tests

Quality Ratings for Jackall Binksy Topwater

Finish (1-5)
Detailing (1-5)
Hardware (1-5)
Craftsmanship (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

The Binksy exhibits somewhat of a short, stubby design.

Performance: The Binksy is obviously unique in the fact that it features a small metal prop at the tail and a tiny spinner on the belly. These two components are designed to hit against each other upon retrieve, thus producing an audible clacking that sounds much like a micro-sized buzzbait. Coupled with other design features, this is a bait that offers added flexibility in retrieve choices.

The blade (hammered on one side, smooth on the other) clacks against the prop (and the body, too) for extra noise.

The cupped face pops water effortlessly with even a slight rod-tip movement. What's nice here is that not only can it be fished as a basic popper, but the bait will walk easily as well. An angler can pop it, walk it, or use a combination of both on a single retrieve. Due to the slight bit of added drag afforded by the blade and prop, it's also easier to walk or pop the bait within a more confined area—great for staying in smaller strike zones.

The stance in the water is slightly head-up with the tail just under the surface.

Although my best success came when walking and/or popping the Binksy, a steady retrieve works as well. Simply casting the bait out and utilizing a slow to medium retrieve makes the rear prop and belly blade turn simultaneously. Along with the added flash, disturbance, and sound, the body sports a very slight shimmy as it skates across the surface. The one negative I do observe while straight retrieving the lure is that sometimes the rear blade won't turn much on all or part of the retrieve. I initially thought prop-fouling weed bits or gunk was to blame, but that hasn't always been the case.

A look at the Ghost Ayu pattern which has a translucent rear section

Performance Ratings for Jackall Binksy Topwater

Castability (1-5)
Ease of Actuation(1-5)
Quality of Movement (1-5)
Position at Rest (1-5)
Durability (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

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