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The Red Fin® Minnow is a classic ''V-wake'' lure from Cotton Cordell® that calls trophy bass to the surface. The Red Fin's hollow head design allows it to be twitched and worked on the surface like no other minnow lure. Quality components and a highly-detailed finish includes red markings to simulate gill plates add to the Red Fin Minnow's effectiveness.
oldie but goody
been using this lure for40 plus yrs. best multi use lure in my tackle box. twitch it, crank it, wake it, jerk it you cant go wrong..
May 28, 2012
This lure catches fish. what else is there to say. Finish tends to wear off from the hooks, but thats a small price to pay for the fish catchin ability,
May 4, 2012
i have always caught fish with this lure. it has many advantages over most lures. first of all it can be used as a topwater lure. just twitch it slowly. it barely ever leaves the surface. i like to fish it this way and once in a while give it a quick dive under the surface and then have it pop back up. then i'll just let it sit there for a bit. so it can be fished very slowly if u want. i also like to rip it through the water, jerking it with several rod pumps as i reel it in. the great thing about this lure is that u can fish it in very shallow water. rip it over weed, submerged brush or trees, and rocks too. it goes a little deeper the faster u work it so be careful in shallow water though. fish just love it's super tight wobble. it is a lure that u can work in different ways and experiment with. i like to make it act like an injured bait fish and give it a series of erractic twitches followed by a dead in the water period, and then more twitches. throw it up against the shore or next to reeds or grasslines and twitch it once or twice and then let it sit there. i pretty much just like this lure the way it is right out of the box. i don't add any suspending strips or weight down the hooks. i would suggest changing the hooks to higher quality ones if possible. i also had an old one that the bass, pickerell and pike had destroyed it's paint job. i sanded it down and repainted it. great sleeper lure that nobody seems to care about or use anymore, but it just catches fish.
March 22, 2012
This is one of my favorite striper lures. I use the smokey joe. It trolls and casts great. I agree that a loop knot directly to the eye is the way to go.....chunk the front split ring immediately. I would have given it 5 stars but the factory hooks and split are terrible! Plan on changing them or you will straighten them on even smaller sized stripers.
November 17, 2011
i think the red fin casts better than the floating rapala. a little cheaper two. both will catch fish. the red fin has a super tight wobble that has low resistance. rapala has better color scemes if that matters too you.
The Redfin is an Excellent winter time topwater lure for bass. Work it slowly across the top, making a "V " wake. It can also be twitched in place.Of course, sucess depends on knowing where bass are in the winter time. On my local lake in Tenn, they will be in areas with springs that keep the water temp warmer.
There are many factors that determine the best lure for a situation. First and formost is the depth the lure runs. As for the "best" it depends on the fish, for any given day one lure's action will be more attractive than any other's. I personally like rougues and rapala's x-rap for bass. Also some lures require different types of rod twitches. Rogues require a longer harder pull than a lucky craft. You can usually tell this by the size and placement of the lip. The smaller it is the lighter the twitch and the closer it is to the nose or line tie also requires a lighter pull. One thing to remeber is to vary your retrieve from faster or harder to shorter lighter ones. Always count off time between these twitches and vary the length of time in between. You can usually count on the cooler the water the lighter twitch and the longer the pause. When the water is below 60 use suspending models and when above 60 use floating ones. Suspending baits can be used in warmer water but you need to move it fast enough so it doens't sink. This sinking will put off a fish from biting. The fish will typically bite on the pause so watch the line for movement. When you set the hook don't slam back, just reel down and sweep to the side. Play the fish out, many times it will have slapped at the lure and may not be hooked real well. Finally the most important thing to remember about working these lures is to have some slack in the line inbetween twitches, this allows for the most action from side to side. It's a lot walking the dog with surface baits just under water.
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