every major lure manufacturer seems to have had a seven inch minnowbait in their
line-up at one time or another. They all catch pike, make no mistake, they all
have their own little quirks that make them do something different which can make
them a killer on the day.
sets the Bomber 17A apart from the rest are its castability, its action and its
density. Being made from a clear, dense plastic (except the chrome ones which
are a little different) Bombers cast really well, and are not as buoyant as a
lot of minnows. Many minnows are fairly cork-like in their buoyancy, which makes
them good for popping on the top and running just under the surface. The Bomber
not only dives a little more steeply when twitched hard from the surface, but
it stays down longer too. This means it can be fished more slowly than most of
its rivals. This alone is a good enough reason to select this bait. Then there
is its action to consider. The Bomber seems to have a wider swing when twitched.
twitched retrieve is the most useful to use with minnowbaits of all style. Twitching
can vary from constant, rapid twitches to a straight cranked retrieve broken up
by longer pulls with pauses to take up the slack these pulls create - and all
points in between. The secret is to make the minnow 's progress through the water
veer off from the straight and narrow path that a steady retrieve creates. The
only exception to this rule is when using the jointed Bomber 17J.
17J works great on a straight crank, and on the troll. Even so, subtly varying
its speed can provide a useful trigger. A useful retrieve with this model is to
draw it through the water with sweeps of the rod tip, then quickly take up the
slack before repeating the draw. It's a sort of long and slow twitch! Very effective
though. Easy to cast and retrieve the 17J makes a great search lure.
minnows come into their own when pike are located in the top five feet of the
water column, or are prepared to come up to that level. Fish them in clear pockets
in weed, over weed tops or for suspended fish. They are a great lure to use where
the pike have seen a lot of larger baits and in clear water conditions where larger
baits might spook them. The Bomber's slim profile and plastic construction make
it a great hooking bait too. Although the Long A can be fished effectively on
jerkbait gear, using a lighter line will give you more running depth, and a lighter
leader will increase the swing and turn you can get from the lure.
Bomber minnow is a 'go anywhere' pike lure that you shouldn't be without - in
as many colours as you can find!
details of Magnum Long "A" colour availability visit Pradco's lurenet.com
Other top twitching minnowbaits:
Bagley Bang-O-7, Whopper Stopper/Heddon Magnum Hellcat (discontinued).
article first appeared on this website - July 26th 2001, latest update May 3rd