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Lure Review

Topwater Action with the Multi-Talented Jackall Binksy (continued)

Features: As stated, the belly blade and rear prop are the two unique features that really jump out at you when first seeing this bait. There is also a split ring connecting the blade (allowing for its removal, if desired) as well as one located on the front line tie. A set of sticky-sharp Owner #5 trebles (one feathered, one plain) along with internal rattles completes a very well-polished ensemble.

Jackall used nice detail on this bait from top to bottom.

Design and Ergonomics: Measuring a stubby 2.75 inches in length, the Binksy is not a large bait. While it may not be the ultimate big-fish offering, I have little doubt it will coax lunkers to the boat. With that said, it's a great all-around size to simply go out and catch fish with, but it would be nice to see a larger size and maybe an added color or two offered....perhaps in the future, Jackall?

The beautiful finish is not immune to scratches and dings.

The durability seems to be about average. I bounced the Binksy off golf-cart bridge pilings here and there, but for the most part the main pounding the bait received was inside the mouths of fish. There are several minor battle scars to be seen but no major wounds.

No need to change out these stock hooks; they are plenty sharp out of the box.

Nobody should have any issues casting the Binksy. Its 3/7 ounce weight is easily thrown on any topwater-friendly rod and reel setup. As a reference point, my favorite setup for this plug is an MBR842C NRX coupled with either a 13 Fishing Concept C or Daiwa Steez 103HA filled with 12-pound mono or 20-pound braid.

Much more than bass will eat this bait!

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Jackall Binksy Topwater

Bait to Bait Consistency (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Realism (1-5)
Available Sizes (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

The Binksy features a large cupped mouth to displace water on the surface

Application: It should be of no surprise that this is not a weedless bait, so the Binksy sees most of its action in open water or adjacent to cover/structure. Don't overlook it for saltwater adventures, either. I threw it on several occasions on the local inshore flats.

The noise created by the Binksy means it works well even after the sun goes down.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Jackall Binksy Topwater Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A quality, finely-detailed bait. 10
Performance The bait walks and pops well and casts easily. The rear prop occasionally won't spin, however. 8.4
Price The Binksy is far from being cheap but is still priced below the most costly topwater offerings. 6.5
Features Showcasing a rear prop, belly spinner, tail feather, and excellent hooks, the Jackall comes well-equipped. 9
Design (Ergonomics) Good standard size, weight, and decent durability. Unfortunately, only this one size and a handful of colors are available initially. 7.77
Application Topwater plugs are limited in their capability but this bait can do more than other hard-plastic surface baits. 6.5

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Quality construction and cosmetics - Price
+ Excellent hardware - Rear prop sometimes doesn't spin
+ Different retrieve options  
+ Fish love this bait  


Zander lands a nice Smallmouth with the Binksy


Conclusion: Would you believe that my very first cast EVER with the Binksy resulted in a bass? Talk about a confidence boost! This isn't some magical lure that will make fish eat in all conditions all year long, but there's no denying that it has boldly demonstrated its fish-catching prowess to me time and time again. If you're willing to drop the coin on one of these topwaters you shouldn't regret the decision!


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