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Slim minnow baits are sure popular these days. Jerkbaits are a great way to fish at times. What about the floating shallow running slim minnows that only run about 2 ft deep. These are great Topwater baits. Rapala,  Rogue, and Rebels have been around for years.Who likes to fish these baits as Topwater, without the hard snapping action of a jerkbait? I pick the original floating Rogue in chrome. Have you had success with this?

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I'm a Rapala freak. The original Rapala floating minnow and the jointed minows are great.

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I twitch the Bomber Long A Minnow . Its one of my best producing  lures   for big fish 

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I was going to do this today when the pond I was fishing had a bunch of big fish up shallow sunning themselves, but the rod I brought had flourocarbon on it so it wasn't an option unfortunately. Still convinced one big one to eat a suspending jerkbait, but I think a floating minnow would have fooled more of them. 

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Ah, Yeah! Original floating Rapala, Bomber long a, Redfin, and a few others. you can barely twitch them to create a ring, or wiggle them a few inches down, and alternate cranking them down deeper as required. What's not to like. 

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Red, 

     Match your line size to match lure size. I'd go with monofilament because it floats. Sizes for the normal mid-sized floating #7 & #9 Original floating Rapala 8-10# mono, largest size 11 10#-14# mono, smallest size 5 4#-6# mono.

    This technique really needs to use a spinning combo because the lures are so light. With a twitch bait retrieve that has worked well for me in the past is make your cast. Lure hits the water. Let the rings disappear (15-30 second pause). Pick up the slack, twitch the lure, pause, twitch and repeat. This is best done in shallow flat calm water. expect to get a lot of bluegill to hit it too. 

Good luck!

FM

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I first got into jerk baits after being schooled by a very proficient angler using a floating perch colored rebel minnow bait. Fishing the edges of a weed line this guy twitched up bass after bass & destroyed a lot of big walleye as well. He would tie on that rebel and proceed to outfish me all day long. I tried anything & everything trying to catch up but nothing worked as well as twitching a  floater. I finally relented & joined him after he gave me a bait to use & keep. It was definitely a bought lesson that opened my eyes to a new way of fishing.

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Floating Rapalas are what I cut my teeth on.  Strangely, I don't use them as much anymore BUT on flats with submerged vegetation and on weed edges, they can still work miracles.  I like the standard one-piece ones better than the jointed variety.

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2 hours ago, thinkingredneck said:

What line?  

8-10 lb xl on spinning, 10-15 lb Big Game on bait casting. 

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Years ago an old timer who fished lake Casitas seemed to always catch a limit of good size bass, all he used was Rapalas F13 minnow and twitched it like we walk the dog today. The old guy was probably younger then I am today!

I thought back then how could anyone always fish the same lure around the same island  every outing, how boring! Well, he always caught a limit of good size bass and that was better then I was doing running and gunning over over the lakes.

Tom

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40 minutes ago, Ratherbfishing said:

Floating Rapalas are what I cut my teeth on.  Strangely, I don't use them as much anymore BUT on flats with submerged vegetation and on weed edges, they can still work miracles.  I like the standard one-piece ones better than the jointed variety.

 

When I was a kid, Rapala minnows; floating and "countdown," were our cherished lures.  They were effective (and all we did was cast and crank them) but very expensive for a school kid.  As I got a bit older, I used the larger and jointed floaters for lake trout and salmon trolling.  The classic Rapala minnow bait had always had a respected place in my tackle boxes.

 

Sadly, I can't remember the last time I used one.  This thread has inspired me to get a few Rapala floating minnows wet this season!

 

Tight lines,

Bob

 

 

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i would like to have a dollar for every fish the Rapala F09 in Gold Fluorescent Red had by the jaw .... :rolleyes:

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3 hours ago, thinkingredneck said:

What line?  

The only one I throw is the Long A on 12 lb Big Game .

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Awesome!  I have a perch colored jointed rapala I have wanted to use for a while and wasn't exactly sure how to use it.  Also have one of those giant bomber long A I will try as well. :D  Thank you!

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The 3 1/2-inch Rebel Minnow (F10) was the first hard-plastic lure Rebel ever produced, and it revolutionized the fishing lure industry. #minnowbaits #rebellures #rebel #fishinglures

FARM POND COLUMBIA SC...CLOSE TO LILLY PADS...ORIGINAL FLOATING REBEL...WHEN A KID... 

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18 hours ago, desmobob said:

Sadly, I can't remember the last time I used one.  This thread has inspired me to get a few Rapala floating minnows wet this season!

I know I've got a few in a box in the closet. I should find them and put them to use.

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