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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.
Great little lure
Right out of the box this things catches fish. Size #1 Rainbow Trout colored on the Chattahoochee River. The guys I was with were shut out using spinners.
September 29, 2014
Have been using Rapala products for 57 years.
Rapala are the finest artificial lures available.
September 8, 2014
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
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
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.
That depends on forage. With any color selection I would keep it simple, silve/black or gold/ black. Where I live there are an abundance of brown trout, so naturally I use that color. It works on all the species in the water, though I have noticed that trout tend to be cannibalistic, atleast in my homewaters. You also have to keep water clarity and light conditions in mind, falshy colors during clear skys, bright colors like fire tiger in dingy water and natural in clear water.
You can catch trout on about every different color there is-But i use the gold and black-And silver and black-But these are ONLY words from me on what color i use-The best i found out to use where i fish-Has been the silver and black-I use this in April to October-And a J3 i think it is-Its about 3 inches long-And is a count down-Ive caught trout from 7 inches up to ones that were up to 9 1/2 pounds So
I like Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout and Olive Green Muddler. Try to use a color that matches your river/lake's natural prey colors. If your river has Rainbow and Brown Trout in it then use those colors most often, if your lake has dark colored suckers, then try the Gold color.
I hope that helps you out in choosing color schemes.
Trout are cannibalistic and will eat their young. The Rainbow and Brown color are great for trout. If the trout are smaller, get the smallest size lure. I caught 10-17 inch trout on the CD03 just fine.
Don't much about where your at I'm from California and when I fish from a bank (shore) I use a Zara spook with the walk the dog stop and go method or a frog also I use soft plastics like a fluke or a senko worm weightless, with a nail weight, or Texas rigged with a free moving billet weight so it can punch through weed beds
I like fishing in ponds for bass if I'm not in my boat on the lake. Jitterbugs and popping lures are great in the spring at the lake or in ponds. Plastic worms work well casting across narrow slues. try a Texas or California rig. Both work well. If you can find structure (stumps/brush) from the bank plastics work well here. Night fishing with worms works great. Minnows are always good but my personal favorite is great big live creek chubs. There usually too large for bream or crappie and large bass love them. You can catch chubs in most natural creeks with a minnow trap and dough balls.