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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.
Nice little high end lure.
Since it's too hot to go trout fishing here in Southern Nevada again until next Spring I tried my new Rapala out in our swimming pool. What great action! I can't wait to go after the Tiger Trout our department of Wildlife planted in my favorite little lake which eat up all the baby Brown Trout (the Browns reproduce there & there used to be alot of them). I got two of the Brown Trout pattern & expect to catch alot of Tiger Trout with them.
July 9, 2012
THis is a fantastic lure. I have been using it for trout here in the California Mountains. Of the whole quiver of lures that i brought with me, this lure (the 2" long rainbow trout model) has produced by far the best results. Yesterday i got five trout in a fairly heavily fished stream, and a few days ago i caught 9. It seems to work well under most conditions, casts well, overall i would say it was really worth the extra cash.
June 28, 2012
I FISH THE JUNATIA RIVER IN CENTRAL PA. THE FIRE MINNOW WORKS WELL IN THE SPRING THRU SUMMER.
June 1, 2012
love these lures
these lure are way better then rebel by far. its the only lure that i found that if you want to reel fast it stays underwater if you want to reel slow it stays underwater as far as catching the fish awesome. if ur willing to throw in a few jerks of the rod while reeling you will be shocked that you will catch more fish. just a tip..
April 1, 2012
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.
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.