Minnow Wobblers: Review, Features, Features and Twitching

Minnow Wobblers – a small fish, which is so similar to the category of minnow class crankbaits. Its name came to us from American anglers, who were guided not only by external signs of similarity but also by their behavior during movement. Introduced simultaneously with the advent of these baits twitching wiring technique is an integral part of their use.

Constructive Differences of Minnow From Other Types and Classes of Crankbaits

There are three main types of such baits, similar in design and equipped with blades:

  • Minnow – long and fairly “thin” in their outlines;
  • Shad is a cross between minnow and fat;
  • Fat – “pot-bellied” wobblers of small length.

The minnow’s propeller’s body became the prototype for the minnow bait, which received a rather long body, about five times its height. The form of a wobbler is straight cigar-shaped, or slightly “humped,” the deepening blade is located at an angle of 45 degrees relative to its main part. Minnow class wobblers have different buoyancy: they can slowly sink or float, although many of them remain neutral. The form can be slightly modified, affecting the game of a particular model.

Minnow Wobblers
Minnow Wobblers

The number of tees – two or three, depending on the length of a particular model of a wobbler, their size should also be proportional to it. In some cases, it is better to change the factory hooks of the original set to branded tees from leading manufacturers – fishing conditions may differ from those taken into account when creating the bait manufacturer.

Inside its design, a wobbler has special cavities in which there are tungsten or steel balls that provide balance when playing bait. The casting distance and stability during jerking also depend on the balance system.

Characteristics of the Minnow Wobblers: From Size to Depth

As I wrote above, the ability to deepen plays an important role as a wobbler. From this will depend on whether you can “get” the fish at the depth where it is comfortable to be at this time. The main working range is 0.5-1.5 m., Which allows fishing in the most promising places. At such depth, they can provoke a predator, even if it is a few meters deeper.

The wobbler models used to catch the surface of a reservoir are buried to 30 cm. They are often used in the coastal part of lakes, estuaries, ponds with dense aquatic vegetation, where predatory fish prefers to hunt. For the catch of bottom piles, models with a large spatula are used, which can work at a depth of several meters. Their mission is to catch large trophy fish.

Most of the minnow wobblers are marked SP, which is characteristic for models with neutral buoyancy. After falling into the water, they do not sink to the bottom, but hang in its thickness, at a given depth. In the implementation of the wiring characteristic of this wobbler, after jerking, he continues to move by inertia, causing the predator to bite. During all vibrations and jerks, the bait remains at a depth that is laid by the manufacturer depending on the model. The shape and weight of the minnow wobblers allow you to make accurate range and place casts, pick up a “working” version of the wiring. In order not to reduce the dignity of the model to zero, hopelessly ruining her game, you need to take a responsible approach to the choice of the leash and fastener.

Marking S – drowning, assigned to wobblers, which are often caught on the course, where the fish is kept at a certain depth. These models are well suited to catch the unfamiliar body of water when searching for an active predator.

F-designation of floating wobblers, which, with varying speeds, float after falling into the water. They are characterized by the following features:

  • wiring “stop & go”, convenient when fishing on water bodies overgrown with grass and water lilies, wherein the formed “windows” it easily seduces an inactive predator for a bite;
  • the ability to fish ponds with a lot of bottom vegetation.


It is a lot like the classification of other types of baits:

  • ultralight (weight – up to 5 g, length – up to 5 cm);
  • Light (weight – up to 8 g, length – up to 8 cm.);
  • medium (weight – up to 12-14 g, length – up to 12 cm);
  • heavy (weight – more than 14 gr., length from 12 cm.).

The larger the wobbler, the bigger fish he can catch, but this rule does not always work. On the ultralight and light baits, there are quite a few big pike bites — well-proven wobblers on pike-perch of the same size.


Twitching is my favorite type of wiring, in which a minnow crank moves in short jerks, with the transition to inertia, with minor deviations in the direction of travel. After a short stop, the cycle of movement of the bait is repeated until all promising places are completely covered. American anglers use various twitching techniques, which depend on the specific model of the wobbler, its weight, size, design features, ability to dig, etc.

The main task of twitching equipment is to seduce a predator for a bite, imitating the movements of a wounded or sick fish, unable to swim away from the pursuer quickly. The task of the angler becomes to reveal the best working qualities of a wobbler, to understand under what conditions of fishing, the nature of the wiring, he becomes the object of attack of a pike, a pike perch or a perch. If it succeeds, then its arsenal is replenished with a new “working” model. Otherwise, the purchase of another new wobbler – money thrown to the wind.

The nature of the wiring is distinguished by two main types of twitching: rhythmic and erratic, maybe more, but I know two. If the first is characterized by the alternation of jerks and pauses, with a certain interval, then the second is characterized by feeding the bait without any system, established periods of stops and the number of jerks.

There are two types of twitching:

  • hard, characterized by sharp draws, after which the wobbler accelerates, while leaning to the side;
  • soft, which is characterized by a smooth game, in which the bait moves slowly in the water column.
  • The first option works on the active predator, the second – when the fish is passive.

Many models of wobblers do not have an expressive of their own game, so it is important to choose the wiring that will be most relevant. The only way to find out which one of them will show itself well is to start trying, changing as you go fishing. Twitching differs from other types of wiring in that, due to small changes in its process that affect the game of bait, it is possible to achieve amazing results. Even minor changes in Pohanka, frequency, and amplitude of jerks can be the key that you need to choose to a successful catch.


One of the main objects of fishing for minnow cranks is a pike. Consider how the spotted predator reacts to the lure in twitching wiring, depending on the circumstances.

Option one. It does not matter what phase of the wiring is on the pike lure, if it is active, then it attacks at the first opportunity. Biting occurs during the movement of the bait, no matter how fast it moves. Even if the line is slightly weakened, you will feel a blow or jerk.

The second variant of the bite is characterized by the absence of its obvious signs. During the implementation of the wiring, she is not jerking, just sits on the hook and begins diving. This happens when attacking a minnow bait with inactive fish. She pounces on the minnow lure at the time of weakening the fishing line, and the angler feels her presence at the time of the next draw, which serves as a hook.

The third option feels like a fisherman is similar to the bite in jig fishing. Attack of the predator occurs at the time of stopping the bait when the excess fishing line is reeled. The pause ends with the fact that the spinning feels a slight jolt, after which it does the hooking up.


Good, stable results minnow cranks for tweeting give when fishing in the surface layer of water. If fishing occurs in shallow water, then it is better to start with their use. Channels, estuaries, lakes, overgrown reservoirs with large windows in the grass – the most successful places for fishing. The use of wobblers is not limited to any temperature regime – they work perfectly in cold and heated water. Intermittent wiring with pauses effectively works both in winter and summer. The “moment of truth” is the period of the perch fight. Enthusiastic fish often do not respond to other types of cranks, various turntables. Help out in such cases, minnow, imitating his game behavior of easy prey. All fishing success!

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