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Properly weighted for controlled sinking action, Rapala's CountDown Minnow allows you to put it exactly in the feeding zone of suspended fish, just above weed tops or on bottom structure for deeper feeders. CountDown Minnows can be trolled or cast in the usual manner, and have proven to be extremely effective for bass, walleye, and large trout. 1" models come with one hook, all other sizes have 2 hooks.
Rated 5 out of 5 by jbmw002 Rapala Great As Always
This and the jointed minnow are the two classic baits that I have fished since I was a kid. They never change, and the product is still top notch. Some lures like Jitterbugs have gone cheap over the years using plastic instead of balsa wood. Rapala has never cut those corners.
August 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SouthPondBill Sooo Real
These small count down lures are a wonder in rivers and shallow ponds for trout. Trout can't leave them alone. Because they sink they work very well in rivers. I've used them through out New England and in Montana and Wyoming with the same great results.
June 17, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Thetroutman85 Good but cheap lip bell
Works good for trout but the plastic lip bell brakes easy
February 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by harristhefisherman the #1 lure ever
This lure works for any spices of fish in freshwater. It is the go to lure for early morning fishing. It can catch anything, bass, crappie, pike, walleye, trout, muskies, pickerel, even sunfish. You name it, this lure will catch it. Any color works but my favorite is silver.
September 2, 2013
It really depends how deep you go and how fast the retrieve is. Running depth can be changed for a variety of reasons. Putting splitshots in front of the lure can get it to go down deeper, the angle of retrieve, how far it's out...etc etc...
When I use stickbaits of any kind in deeper water where I want them to get deep, I put a few splitshots 12" above the lure to keep it down deeper than its stated depth.
Sorry theres no real clear answer to your question, but I think if you retrieve slow for the duration of your retrieve, you'll find the bait stays near the bottom until the angle of the retrieve when it's close to the boat causes it to start heading towards the surface. Hope I helped a fellow VT'er, :)
all depending on the body your fishing for smallies i prefer bright red yellows and to mix it up the occasional bright blue for largemouth i fele where makes a bigger difference anything that it white usaully works in all bodies though ok good luck
Typically size won't matter much because this is a reaction bait. I"ll catch minnows on size 08, but with smaller hooks on a smaller bait the odds that the fish will get the bait in the mouth does increase, especially with a trout's small mouth.
There are several lure manufactures that make similar body shapes. I have found the Rapala to be the best for swim action and life like colors, I especially like the rainbow or brown trout color. I have caught fish on the floating model too but for me the count down or sinking model works best.
YES! Hopefully you read this review, but I doubt you will. Try the Rebel Tracdown, it's a MUCH better alternative to this. it has more erratic action, catches more fish, & doesn't run sideways no matter how many fish you pull in on it.
This lure fills a specific niche, being able to "countdown" do a specific depth. As with the "best" for its shape that all depends on what the fish want for a specific day and your fishing style. Though seasonal water temp would dictate that a sinking minnow would best be fished during the winter, you can work it fast enough to keep it high in the water collum during warmer months. I personally like this lure in small rivers and pools for trout. I typically wrok the lure as a jerkbait but a steady retrieve will sometimes work too. Hope this helps.