Rapala Original Floating Minnow: Simply Bass Catching Magic

The original Rapala “Floating Minnow” was one of the first lures introduced to the fishing world by Rapala in 1936.  Shortly thereafter, the company added jointed and sinking (Countdown) versions of the popular bait.

Constructed of balsa wood, the floating minnow series comes in seven different sizes and 22 possible color choices.  The three sizes I use in most bass fishing situations fall in the middle of the size range, namely the F07 (1/8 oz. & 2.75”), F09 (3/16 oz. & 3.5”) and F11 (3/16 oz. & 4.28”) mostly in silver, gold and perch color patterns.

Rapala Floating Minnow (F09) in Gold

Rapala Floating Minnow (F09) in Gold

Though the F11 can be fished with standard spinning or light casting gear, I typically fish either the F07 or F09 on a 6 to 6.5’ medium-light spinning rod with matching rod and 6 or 8 lb test monofilament line.

Bass & Fish Catching Magic

Rapala’s original floating minnow is one of the “go-to” baits in my tackle collection and it should be in yours too!

Why?

Simply because the floating minnow’s basic action on a straight retrieve mimics a wounded baitfish and the slow rise and quiver action imparted when using a stop and go retrieve can be deadly on bass.  It also works as a great topwater lure for those early morning outings when the lake surface is like a sheet of glass!

Years ago I also discovered a “secret” presentation technique putting bass in the boat when other presentations failed.  Though not complicated, one subtle change in a normal surface presentation seems to excite neutral fish and entice them to rise to the surface and slurp the minnow right off the surface!

Still surface water conditions are a must and they are even better if in the afternoon under a bright, sunny summer day.

Enter – The Quivering Dead-Stick Minnow

This presentation method starts with either the F07 (one I use most often) or F09 (if larger forage is present) tied to the line with either an Improved Clinch or Palomar knot rather than the Rapala knot used on normal cast and retrieve presentations.  The reason for the solid contact between the bait, line and rod will become apparent shortly.

After casting the floating minnow to the structure I am fishing, I let the minnow remain perfectly still until all rings from the initial impact have dissipated.

Next I start gently shaking the rod tip with slack in the line since I am not trying to move the lure towards me just impart vibrations causing it to quiver on the surface for several seconds.  When done correctly, the minnow appears to be shaking feverishly on the surface like a struggling baitfish and bass (plus other fish in the area) can’t resist taking advantage of this easy morsel.

The quivering dead-stick minnow presentation is absolutely deadly on those summer days when the afternoon wind quits and fish are selectively feeding on small insects and baitfish off the surface.

Tale a look at the following video from the folks at Rapala to see the floating minnow in action with a little more insight on fishing methods…

Important Knots For Bass Anglers

Ever Feel Like You’re Missing That Special Fishing Knot?

How many times have you been out on a bass fishing trip facing a specific situation where a certain knot is required but couldn’t remember how to tie it?

I’m sure it has happened to each of us at some point and what happens?

We end up either running around asking everyone else how to tie the knot or improvise using a knot that is less than an ideal solution.

Even if you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a credit card size knot guide for your wallet, sometimes the little diagrams just don’t cut it!

Important Knots For Bass Anglers

Obviously the best way to avoid this situation is to re-learn how to tie the knot and keep practicing to commit it to memory.

Fortunately, today’s Internet provides numerous resources enabling us to access a variety of websites and other resources (videos, downloadable e-books, etc.) to help solve almost any problem.  This is definitely the case for our fishing knot problem and I would like to introduce you to a few of the resources I found particularly useful …

I was amazed to not only find numerous websites providing diagrams and written instructions but also websites with downloadable PDF files (e-books) and even videos.

The best part … I found all my favorite bass fishing knots on a cool website including the Albright, Improved Clinch, Palomar, Blood and Rapala knots.

Plus they were all in animated video …  How cool is that!!!!

Get Your Bass Fishing Knot Guidance Here!

Here is a video tour I created to guiding you through the website, different bass fishing knots (and why I use them) and how the site works …

As mentioned in the video, the link to the animated video site can be accessed directly by clicking below:

Grog’s Fishing Knots

I also created an archive file (Zip format) with two fishing knot e-books and another knot typing program to help you in your knot tying quest.

You can download the file directly by clicking on the link below:

Knot Tying E-books Download

Get More Help Here!

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Santone Lures for Your Favorite Lake

Santone Lures of Mt. Pleasant TX is a company producing a wide array of great baits for the bass anglers fishing your favorite lake!

Santone Lures Give-Away

Santone uses nothing but the best materials combined with high quality workmanship when manufacturing a full line of spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, jigs and other tackle every bass fisherman needs!

Take a few moments to watch the following video and see what we mean :)

I also recommend you follow Santone on Twitter (@TeamSantone) and watch their feed every Monday at 10 AM central time when they announce their weekly give-aways!

In the meantime, be sure and check out Santone Lures by visiting their website at:

http://www.santonelures.com/

You’ll be glad you did :)

Wacky Worm Fishing for Bass (Updated)

Wide Gap Hook and Jig Wacky Rigs

Many new bass anglers are constantly on the look-out for different bass fishing lures and methods for rigging them.  One of the apparently simplest bass lures to use can often be a tad more difficult for many fisherman who are just starting to try them out … these baits are basic plastic worms.

Almost from the first time we hear of plastic worms, it conjures up images of the first “live bait” many of us fished with … the ever-present earthworm!

So it’s easy to see why many new plastic worm fishermen think it should be a snap to use the artificial version right … just push the hook tip through the worm, cast it out and you are ready to go …

Though many plastic worm rigs can be a little more complicated there is at least one plastic worm rigging method that is straight forward … the wacky worm rig.

The best part, fishing the wacky worm rig for bass is also pretty straight forward.

Here is a short instructional video from the folks at Kayak Bass Fishing providing the ins and outs of rigging and fishing the wacky worm rig using soft stick baits for bass fishing …

Next time you head out to your local bass lake, take a few wide gap hooks, 5 to 7 inch plastic worms and have a blast fishing the wacky worm rig!

You’ll be glad you did!

Approximate Bass Weight Table

Many visitors found an earlier post on calculating bass weights using a fish’s length and girth helpful but got a little confused by the math…

fall bass fishing success

Since it is easier to keep a tape measure in the tackle box than worry about a scale and dead batteries, I prepared a little table to help determine an approximate weight for your catch…

bass weight table

Note the length and girth measurements are inches and weight in pounds…

Just find a length and girth of your catch in the appropriate boxes and the approximate weight is provided in the third box…

Note the red arrow pointing to the line with a length of 24″ and girth of 16″ resulting in a calculated weight of 7.2 lbs. A bass with those exact measurements was weighed on a certified scale and the scale weight was 7.15 lbs…

Pretty close in my book :)

Update!

I just made a change to the weight calculation spreadsheet on Google Docs and now you can calculate the weight of your prize catch!

Simply click on the following link, enter the length & girth (inches) into the appropriate boxes on Line 2 and the weight will show in the third box!

http://bassfishingtips-tactics.com/blog/basscalc

Enjoy :)