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Strike King® Bitsy Minnow

   

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Chartreuse White

Chartreuse White

1-1/4"

1/8 oz.

1

Buoyancy:
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Hook Size:
14

Model:
HCBPM-501
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Blue Chartreuse

Blue Chartreuse

1-1/4"

1/8 oz.

1

Buoyancy:
Floating

Hook Size:
14

Model:
HCBPM-503
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  • SKU: 855814

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Gizzard Shad

Gizzard Shad

1-1/4"

1/8 oz.

1

Buoyancy:
Floating

Hook Size:
14

Model:
HCBPM-511
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  • SKU: 903758

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Firetiger

Firetiger

1-1/4"

1/8 oz.

1

Buoyancy:
Floating

Hook Size:
14

Model:
HCBPM-513
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  • SKU: 855817

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Crawfish

Crawfish

1-1/4"

1/8 oz.

1

Buoyancy:
Floating

Hook Size:
14

Model:
HCBPM-515
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  • SKU: 855818

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Tennessee Shad

Tennessee Shad

1-1/4"

1/8 oz.

1

Buoyancy:
Floating

Hook Size:
14

Model:
HCBPM-517
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  • SKU: 855819

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Baby Bass

Baby Bass

1-1/4"

1/8 oz.

1

Buoyancy:
Floating

Hook Size:
14

Model:
HCBPM-531
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Chartreuse Black Back

Chartreuse Black Back

1-1/4"

1/8 oz.

1

Buoyancy:
Floating

Hook Size:
14

Model:
HCBPM-535
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  • SKU: 855821

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Strike King's morsel-sized Bitsy Minnow crankbait is just right for trout, crappie, and panfish in creeks and ponds. A unique action, detailed finishes and reflective eyes make the Bitsy Minnow absolutely irresistible to fish. Super tip: Try one on light line for finicky cold-front bass!
Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 139 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best crankbait for bass Ive caught 4+ largemouth bass with this lure at public fishing ponds although theyre meant for bream and bluegill but its the best crankbait ive ever used for bass. GO GET SOME!!!! June 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic finesse crank I tied this on to my finesse outfit and took it to a creek stocked with trout. It was a a baby bass color, and I had hope for it. The bitsy minnow absolutely slayed. But, it doesn't hold up to casting against trees and rocks and the sort, the bill broke off by the end of the trip. So, I will have to get another one. But, they are well worth the money. They have a tight wiggle, and they sink slowly, so they're good for streams since they can get carried under the bank by the current, right into the mouths of the trout. As for panfish and bass, if trout bite them, then the warmwater fish will consume them. The rebel crickhopper, another finesse crank, floats, so in snaggy situations use the crickhopper, and in streams and non-snaggy ponds use the bitsy minnow. They both have their place in your tackle box. March 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WORLD'S GREATEST PANFISH LURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I took this lure to a small creek close to my house and caught 6 bluegill and sunfish in 45 minutes using it. I caught 2 right away and decided and decided to try other things. I tried a rooster tail, small Rapala Original Floater, but couldn't catch anything. Went back to the Bitsy Minnow, and caught 4 more!!! Awesome lure. January 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Lure This is one of two lures (the other is a small jerk bait) I try at the end of the day so I don't go home skunked. For example, I fished for bass using jigs, cranks and Texas rigged worms for 3 hours on Monday without a single bite. I made a few casts with the Bitsy Minnow around a tree hoping to catch the usual crappie or blue gill and caught a 20 inch largemouth. Unfortunately a fish that size is a little hard on the small hooks so it is time to replace hooks and/or buy a spare lure ;) October 29, 2013
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The Strike King Bitsy Minnow is a slow sinker and the lighter the line you use the faster they will get deeper. I use 2 or 4 pound test mono when fishing these lures.
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You could get lighter line that has less resistance so it will run a little deeper. However that of course means your more likely to break off big fish. You could also use flourocarbon line which sinks. The ones i have sink at about a foot every 3 seconds so you might have to be patient and wait until you get the depth you want. hope this was helpful.
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add a sincker about an inch up the line
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Reeling in faster and even a tiny sinker if you want
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You can't without effecting its action with will make it much less desirable to fish. Its that cool wobble action that attracts fish... the moment you mess with that action (example adding weight to the line or a swivel) the fish don't find it desirable.

I suggest getting crappie max (made by Bass Pro). They dive a lot deeper.
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You might be able to put a small split shot a couple inches above your knot.
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I have never caught much on this. And when I have, they all got off.

what am i doing wrong?

is there a special way to retrieve it?

and does it ever work at all for small trout?
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Here is the deal: I had one pond minnow and it worked great and loved it. It was a sad day when a bass stole it from me. When I had it though there was nothing special at all I did. Cast near the shore and retrieve at a moderate pace. I never fish for trout cause I live in oklahoma, How ever I have caught catfish on this so I do think you should be able to catch trout. I have had serious inconsistency with this product so my guess is thats most likely the problem you have as well. Also if it is not swimming straight this could be the issue so you just might need to adjust where it connects to the lure. (its the little metal thing on the front). I am no pro but if i were you and its a pain in the neck, move on there are two many baits and to little time. Hope I was a little help.
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1st- I pretty much hook and land every fish on this lure. You might try a slightly larger hook on the back. 2nd-make sure the eyelet is straight and in the middle, I perfer a small splitshot about 12 in. up the line it keeps the lure in a downward motion. 3rd- I catch more trout on this than panfish by far.
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Play with your retrieves. I have noticed that in different lakes, at different times of the year, and different weather patterns the fish react differently to the speed of action of these things.

Most of the time I do a slower retrieve using an ultra light setup (4-5lb test line).

The getting off part is really getting to know this lure. I have found that when fish grab hold you really don't have much time to set the hook (I suggest replacing the hook with better quality as well). Unlike soft baits that are loaded with salt or scent, once the fish gets one of these in its mouth they instantly know that its not what they're looking for. Make sure you're line and rod setup are geared towards sensitivity and you will notice a big difference in your ability to land fish.

Never landed any trout on them... almost never land any using any lures because the lakes in my area really don't have any outside of the small qty that the DNR stocks from time to time.

Don't give up on this lure, once you find a method that works you will love them.
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i use this in rivers for trout (brook, rainbow, etc).

also, when fish are picky, just do a slow retreive, pause, twitch, pause, retreive, and you'll get the idea.
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Use a twitch, twitch, pause retrieve to make the lure look like a dying minnow. This works a whole lot better for me than a steady retrieve.
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Replace those tiny trebles with larger ones. Your hook up ratio will go up
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this is a totally different strike king product.
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Th Bitsy Minnow is a totaly seperate and different model.
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its a totally different model
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i didnt think it was working for trout in the ghost (totally white with black dot where gills would be) color, so i colored the back black and colored the head red. (i've seen some baits in that color). but i read some reviews and they say that the ghost color works. now i cant get the marker off. (or would the bait work in the color that i colored it)(The whole back is black but i didn't color the whole head red, just a little in front of the black dot)

Can someone PLEASE answer this question and help me out. THANKS!
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try expo and color on it then try to wipe it off
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i don't know how you would get it off, i would maybe try rubbing alcohol but if i was you i would just buy another one and keep the one you colored, you might have some luck on it.
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laquer thinner
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You can try fingernail polish remover, but I don't know how that will affect the original finish. As relatively inexpensive as these are, I would just get a new ghost if I were you. The color you created sounds like it might work anyway, but I've found ghost to be my most productive color.
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Maybe try some rubbing alchohol but it may remove some of the original paint job.
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bass
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Works really well for bass.
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works for both. this will wake up sleeping bass during spring and picky trouts. best color for me are the charteuse and white. goodluck
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Definitely works better on bass and bait-fish. Took it out to a local fishing lake right after it was stalked w/ trout and they had nooo interest at all.
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Works great for trout also! Just crank it in fast and trout destroy it.
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I know it works for small bass in the 3 to 12 or 14 inch range but usually the bigger ones get away because of the small hooks.
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and how would you rig it?
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wade in the water and toss it down stream and bring it back in a stop and go retrieve
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I don't really find them effective for trout. These work best for Crappie and Gills. If you decide to use them from trout I would suggest a very slow retrieve.
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I used the bait at a trout park here in Missouri and caught a bunch of trout. All I did was cast it out and reel it in at a medium pace. I was just using a 5'6" ultra light spinning outfit and be sure to tie it on with a Palomar knot if you're using a braided line, as i do. I had the best luck with the gizzard shad color.
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for trout just tie it up on 4 lb.test and retrieve it starting off with a jerking movement while reeling in and find the speed hey are going after and adjustyourself to that
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I don't fish for trout really since I live in south Texas but I do 2 to 3 quick jerks and pause for at least 3 seconds for bass and sunfish.
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white, charteuse, any (i have all of 'em)... i think it's the action on these lures that a fish may be attracted to it. goodluck.
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I found that the blue backed worked best for me on natives
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white and baby bass
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i havent ever caught any trout on it yet an ive fished it a decent amount
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yes its good for trout and in the white color its also great for bass and sunnies crappies etc
maybe your doing something wrong in fact you probably are but there isnt ebough included info to help me tell you just keep fishin and try swithchin to the xts speed lure minnow 1 5/8 inch killer for trout
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I have the white, worked but not as well as baby bass.
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These certainly have internal rattles. Two small BBs if I am not mistaken.
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Due to their small profile the hooks actually create a rattle... but there isn't any internal rattles.
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they are silent
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these are silent.
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they have a rattle
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i have a couple of these and I can almost guarantee you these have a small rattle inside seems like a couple of beads or something of that sort
they will get you trout bass sunfish perch crappie and a couple other fish if you continue to fish them extensively
my only problem is that i have had them for quite a while but have barely used them and the hooks had begun to rust in my tackle box.
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The ones I have rattle.

Good luck & tight lines! :-)

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i replaced the back hook only with a size #8 mustad red, works good, left the front hook original
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The rings are so small, it's just easier to buy more.
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