Heddon® Torpedo Hardbaits
Heddon's Torpedo propeller baits are legendary topwater lures that create a tremendous splashing disturbance that;s great for schooling fish feeding on or near the water's surface. Whichever size you're casting, this lure's versatile enough to be fished fast or slow, with a steady or sporadic retrieve. However, the key is to vary your retrieve until you've found just the right cadence to trigger strikes.
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 170 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by QCMom Consistent! This is the only prop bait that has yielded consistent strikes on our lake up north! The clear is perfect for fishing in clean waters and seems to be irresistible to bass, northern pike, and even the occasional bluegill. If you haven't tried it yet you're missing out! April 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BlackwaterGA Great classic bait that STILL works like magic The Baby Torpedo is good, but for my money, that Tiny Torpedo is GREAT! Fly rodders know that at times, nothing beats a big ol' hair bug for bass, but THIS little lure comes awfully close, and sometimes beats even the hair bug. There's just something about that sputtering, flashing blade blade, the seeming helplessness of the bait on top, and the small size that makes it awfully hard for bass of ANY size to turn down. If you want a really big bass, you may want to replace the hooks with Gamakatsus, or similar high carbon, extra strength hooks, but don't use the heavy wire ones - they weight the little bait down, and spoil the action. March 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LazBoy Crank it!!! Excellent "Tried & True" bait. Perfect for small bass on ultralight rigs. Definite Laz "thumbs up." January 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by captwoodrow keep this secret please keep plenty of these torpedo's on the shelf but don;t advertise them as they are a true bass buster, i use these year round but don't tell anyone just tell them they are for dusk or dawn spring time only.....your cooperation will be appreciated.... September 20, 2012
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Details:I have a Tiny Torpedo that rolls over in the water if I retrieve it at any speed other than the very slowest. Is this normal? What can be done to prevent it?
A:check the spinner blade to make sure it will spin freely check for line twist this lure will twist your line like crazy
A:bend your metal blades, on back
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A:I agree. The smaller ones spin when cast, also. I use a tiny swivel. and it helps, but does not solve the issue. I have gone to frog baits and do not have this problem.
A:this is normal. you actually want it to roll over to look realistic, because then it shows the fish all the colors. The reason it's rolling over is because you retrieving on a straight retrieve. this "rolling" will not happen if you walk the dog or twitch it. i've experienced the same thing and it hasn't hurt the fishing at all! tight lines!
Details:I don't know really how to fish this lure because i've tried fishing it like the Devil Horse but it didnt really work. I don't want to write review yet because I don't believe I used this lure to its full potiential.
A:there's several different elements to fishing this. the first is the location of the cast. i have found that where this lands determines whether it will catch anything. i have a fairly heavy torpedo, and when it lands, it doesnt do well in mimicking an insect landing on the surface. so check the splash of the torpedo you have. i've found that the splash of my torpedo mimics a frog landing in the water, so i cast it to places that a frog is likely to jump out from. then, you might have a strike when it's still in the water. but usually you have to twitch it first. when retrieving this, make sure that it's always making splashes,or bubbles. pausing the lure in the retrieve works well in clear water, but if the water is muddy enough so that you cant see the fish, the fish probably cant see your lure, so keep it moving. becasue the torpedo is so short, it's not going to be fished like the devil horse, which is a long, walk-the-dog lure. i hope this helps.
A:Cast it out and let it sit for a bit. Then jerk your rod tip a bit to pop the bait and spin the blades a bit, then let it sit some more and pop it a couple more times. Just repeat that process, and remember that a strike will usually be when the bait is resting on the surface and can be as vicious as an explosion or subtle as the plug going under.
You can also pop and jerk it aggressively or add in short retrieves to spin blades, but my best luck has been with the pop and long pause method.
A:I think it works good in short little jerks, maybe 2,3,4 at a time and then pause for a second and keep on with that pattern.
it works great in the early morning but i have also caught these fish in the middle of the day as well.
A:the best methods i have found are, 1 medium quick tugs with a brief pause in between each tug. 2 same as 1 but tug harder, you should be able to hear and see the baits spinner spudder. 3 strait on reel the bait in fast or slow me just reeling the bait in has landed me some nice fish. also remember this lure is top water, it is ment for shallower waters or where fish have cover. i use mine in water only a few feet deep(3-5), around lily pads and fallen trees. colors have alot t do with it too.
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A:I promise this lure is a fish catching machine, just don't get a extremely shiny color. They are a bit less productive it seems. But just throw it out around structure or in the middle of the body of water, jerk it like you would a POP-R and let the blade on the back spit water around. When you get it close to the boat, DO NOT just reel it in really quick and throw it back out. Reel it slowly like a buzzbait and some bass that are following it get extremely nervous and just eat it and scare the heck out of you, but its one more fish right. Good luck!!!
Details:What size and color?
A:I find the baby torpedo works well and I have done well with the brighter colors.Hope this helps any.
A:I haven't caught any trout on torpedos here in Missouri, but I caught a few rainbow trout on a shad-pattern tiny torpedo while fishing rivers in Connecticut for small mouth bass. especially on the Housatonic River.
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A:The smallest size they have may work for trout.
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A:The Torpedo is the better lure... not sure why, but I've used both and always have great luck with the Heddon. I think maybe the rounded nose gives it more bounce on the surface.
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A:I mainly fish ponds, and for me the smaller baits work better. You may have adjust the blades as large catfish tend to wreck them quickly.
Details:My torpedo is almost too tight and doesnt spin like my smithwick or rapala
A:loosen the treble hook on the back till it spins freely
A:You can "tune" the bait up with a pair of pliers by adjusting the little eyelet screws that hold the prop on the bait. If it's off center you can straighten it, and if it's too lose or tight you can adjust it accordingly.
A:yes there are some ways to get it to spin better and get more noise. first take the prop holding the blades with your thumbs and finger(pinching them, one blade in each hand)give the blades a slight twist so they are angled not straight. the eyelet that attaches the rear hook to the lure is threaded so you can looses it up
A:Use needle-nose pliers to unscrew the rear hook screw a quarter turn or so. Check the prop for free-wheeling then commence fishing. The problem may also be caused by too-heavy mono-filament. I seldom use more than 6-lb. test.
A:turn the rear hook ring one turn counter clockwise
A:either put a little bit of oil that u might use on ur reel on it
or fish it in a different way. I twitch the bait with the tip of my rod just sening tiny riples out. 1 retrive on this lure may take me 4 mins because i find the most effect of way to fish this is to pretend it is almost dead. just twitch it lightly and let it sit and repeat.
A:Sometimes the prop gets bent up a bit. If you bend it a little and play with it sometimes that fixes it. Also, I believe the back hook screws in so if you loosen it just a hair that should work.
A:Easy. Couple of 45 degree turns to the left and adjust prop to desired spin rate.
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A:If it is the teeny torpedo, you might be out of luck, I have never gotten that one to spin very well at all. If not, your propeller is probably bent and repairing it may be hopeless. Fortunately these are killer baits, so you wouldn't be wasting your money buying a new one.
A:depends on the water clarity. muddy water needs a dark color, clear water needs fish colors.
A:honestly the color depends on what type of fish you are going after and weather conditions.my favorite colors are bull frog, natural frog, natural perch, baby bass, brown crawdad, and g-finish shad. i have had great luck with them
A:I like the shad color (NOT the g-shad), but Bass-Pro doesn't carry it. I kill Missouri Ozark smallies on tiny torpedoes in that pattern!
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A:Black Shore Minnow in dark or muddy water, Chrome or Natural Frog in clear water.
A:Baby Bass is the best, by far
A:I really like the G-Fleck/Rainbow, shame they stopped carrying that one here. But I suggest having several from dark to light and they are cheap enough that you can do that and not pay a small fortune.
A:black shiner and bullfrog work excellent for me on both large and smallmouths. great topwater lure.
A:I recommend the bull frog color #3 because it works well in the morning and night time.
A:Any shad color, find something close to your baitfish in your waterway. Silver or Blue
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A:Since there are a lot of variables that come in to play (like the species of fish, water clarity, mood of the fish, etc.) the best thing you can do is experiment by using different color patterns and keep a log of your catches to see what works best for you in your neck of the woods.
You can also ask the fishermen who come in the boat landings and ask them what patterns work best for them.
It may also be possible that there is more than one color pattern that works on different occasions, and under different conditions.
A:the rear eyelet that attaches the hook to the lure is threaded just give it a few twist. also taking the blade and giving them a slight twist. pinch the blades one each thumb and finger and give a twist
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A:I had the same trouble fishing with this lure yesterday. I didn't know what to do but I tried bending them with some pliers and then they stared to spin and spit up the water. I recomend just bending the props and keep tying them out. Tight lines!
A:You can bend the blades pretty easily, the thing Ive found works best is to just go get another and kind of eyeball it so that the one your trying to fix looks like the one straight out of the package. youll be able to tell real quick when you retrieve if you got it right.
A:I usually spin it when its out of water and if not change the speed at which your reeling it in
A:loosen the rear hook about 1/4 turn, straighten the blade slightly, and twist just a little to increase proppeller action. This will create more audible noise and better turning of prop.
A:The hook hanger is screwed into the body of the bait...u may try loosening the rear hanger where the prop is located very slightly.
A:i usually use a needle nose pliers and adjust the prop to like a plane propeller slightly bending till i get it to turn when i pull it in the water the more sensitive it is equal more fish.
A:Hey Just bought two, the 1st a tini perch model that is spining fine - the 2nd a baby model frog not turning at all- But this one model has giving me the most promise when the prop is in tune - i am no expert but over tuning this lure has killed me - I found the best result is with one side 5 degrees forward and the other side 5 degrees counter or back - over tweeking at 10 +- degrees or both sides at same angle will just waiste your time - give it a try and hope that helps - but sometimes this lure just fails with its prop action but its great when working happy fishing
A:take a pair of pliers and bend it so it spins when you blow on it keep angling it until it works
A:I would make sure the prop is free of any debri like slime. You can remove the prop by unscrewing the rear eye screw that hold the rear treble. After cleaning reassemble. If it still doesn't spin, remove it again. Take 2 needle nose pliers and grasp each blade. Twist the prop slightly, increasing the pitch. Reassemble and try it out!
Details:I mainly fish for pickerel, but if you could still give me your input, that would be nice. (Pickerel will eat anything any other fish will eat).
A:I use mainly for Bass fishing with overall good results.
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A:To be honest I have never fished for pickerel...but for bass and walleye, this lure works very well. I have even had large crappie and perch hit it... My favorite times to use it are in the hottest days of the summer...but...I use it early in the mornings and late in the evenings. I like to fish it around any type of structure or vegetation in lakes, along the edges of the bank in creeks, and anywhere in ponds.
A:Bass love them especially when they are schooling and chasing shad.
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A:Smallmouth destroy this lure with a vengence and even some large bluegill red eyes....anddepending where you fish largemouth too and imsure youmayget a few pickeralif they are aggressive whereyou fish
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tiny smallmouth much smaller than onesyoull be catching if you decide to purchase some torpedos i prefer teeny but tiny and baby also good
A:SMALLMOUTH BASS WITH OBLITERATE THIS LURE.
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A:You can probably get pickerel to bite this if you fish it near the weeds. I know that largemouth bass would eat it and maybe a smallmouth bass. I know peacock bass would like this but I don't know what colors would work. I hope that I helped you.