Rapala®'s Original Floating® Minnow is the lure that started it all and is still one of the most popular lures around. Whether twitched on the top as a surface bait, retrieved as a shallow runner, weighted with a split-shot for medium depths or bottom walked off a sinker rig, the Original Floating Minnow's wounded minnow action continues to be irresistible to game fish. Lures measuring 4-3/8" and larger come with 3 hooks, all other come with 2 hooks.
Best Lure Ever
This lure consistently catches fish every time of the year for me. It has caught me numerous bass, as well as a few very large pickerel. One pickerel was 24+ inches and 6 lbs. I first purchased this lure a few years back and have never looked back. I never leave home without this lure. It is by far my favorite lure to use for bass. I have used this in all types of water, all types of conditions, all times of the day, and all times of the year. Shallow water, weedy banks, at any time of the year, always catches bass how I fish. I love this lure. Any color works, but the Fire Tiger is my go to color, along with the White Perch. Bottom line, buy this lure and I guarantee you will catch fish.
November 23, 2011
Amazing old timer
One of the best lures ever made for the shallows. Can also catch almost any kind of freshwater fish (with the appropriate size) - trout, perch, crappie, small and largemouth bass, pickerel, pike, I'd guess they work for walleye and musky too.
The floaters are very lightweight, and should either be used on the surface or swimming (shallow depth lure). Need fairly light tackle to cast them well.
The sinkers will work down to 10 feet or so at least.
My favorite is to work the floaters very slowly as a "crippled minnow" on the surface for bass/pickerel/pike... watch out!
February 27, 2010
This is my go-to lure. I prefer the simple silver or gold, and any length will do. Even smaller bass will hit the 5-1/4", so that helps when the bite is scarce. I've fished this lure for years and I've found that the best way to fish it is to:
1) From your boat, cast it as close to cover as possible, i.e. under overhanging trees, deep into nooks, and breaks in grass beds.
2) Snap your rod tip 2-4 times so that the lure sputters and darts underwater about 3 inches and then floats to the top (mimicking a wounded minnow).
3) Quickly reel it in and repeat. If a bass strikes and misses, quickly reel it in and toss back to exact same place.
Sidenote: I have found that if bass are gonna hit it, they'll hit it within the first 2-4 twitches. Twitching it any longer is usually a waste of time. Reeling it quickly after the 4th twitch often produces reaction strikes as bass think the lure is "fleeing". This lure is a blast to fish and almost always produces.
July 10, 2007
My Trump Card
The hook on this thing practically sets itself! I prefer the jointed version over this one, but I like to keep both in my box to use as the situation dictates. I use the F07 (1/8oz) in the color 01 (Silver) and 02 (Gold) and have a lot of luck with it. I am a fast-paced (i.e. impatient) fisherman at times and like to really get this thing diving. On the way back up, if you give it enough room, it'll catch you bass, panfish, and I even got a smaller sized muskie on it once. Like I said before, the hookset is fantastic. I recommend it a lot, but (again) personally prefer the action on the jointed version. Give both a shot and see which one does it for you!
August 25, 2006