Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jumpin' Minnow....Topwater Alternative

I have been catching a lot of fish in the last week in the daytime using a Jumpin' Minnow.  This is a great plug to use when stripers are feeding on peanut bunker as they have been in the places I have been fishing.
This  pointy nosed plug, made by Rebel is a low cost plug (got mine on sale at Walmart for $2.50 last year).  Out of the box, it comes with flimsy hooks and split rings that should be changed.  I replaced the original hooks with VMC 4x trebles, and that has gotten the job done.  I have used the black back, blue back and white top models and all have produced.
You want to work this plug just like skinny plastic.  Use a slow retrieve with the reel and move the rod tip in short, continuous jerks so that the plug has a dipping and back and forth movement to it.  It casts better than skinny plastic and is more durable when stripers and blues are mixed as they are a lot these days.