Rebel Broke-Back Jointed Minnow
The Rebel Jointed Minnow Hard Bait is one of the easiest and most effective baits you can use . It is easy to learn to use and you can change the way you present it to the fish. It has been in production since the 70's and has remained a popular minnow style bait since its introduction. The broke-back minnow comes in 7 different color variations. The silver/Blue minnow has been my favorite for many years and has been responsible for many a good fishing day. It also comes in a variety of lengths from 2 inches up to 5 1/2 inches in length. I like the 3 1/2 inch model best for pond fishing. As its name implies it is a minnow imitation style bait. The color selections and the way they are applied have proven effective over the 40+ years the bait has been in production. The Trout style varieties mimic the appearance of baby trout in true fashion as well as the 2 tone models of silver/blue, silver/black and gold/blackfor the different minnows. The first color is the belly and side color and the second darker color is the back. As in the silver/blue the belly and sides are silver and the back is blue. All the minnows have colored eyes and a mouth area in front of the small lip. The minnows are designed to be used from on the surface to a depth of approx. 3 feet for the larger models.
Using the bait could not be much easier. I have always used a Trilene knot but a Rapala Knot or Surgeons loop would also be effective (with monofilament) as it would allow a little more wiggle movement. I have seen people use small snap swivels to connect the lure to line but I have never been a fan of adding more weight to the front of the lure or another piece that may fail and cause the loss of fish or lure. Once secured to the line your ready to go. The minnow type bait has worked really well for me in situations where I was able to cast parallel to the bank in shallow water. I have seen largemouth bass up under weeds and vegetation in water that was barely a foot deep. A pond is just a smaller body of water, but it still contains all the elements of a large lake. Shallow areas, stumps, trees, springs, brush piles flats, and deep areas. The minnow baits are effective all over the pond and can catch fish that are cruising even in deeper water where they can be pulled up from the depths to get an easy meal. I like to approach the pond and dissect it like a pie, dividing it into sections and working from the bank (or shore) as some call it, to straight in front of me. Flip-flopping from right to left till I have covered the area thoroughly. You can use the minnow as a throw and retrieve bait, but I have found that using a start-stop and twitching retrieve is more enjoyable and productive. With the silver/blue minnow when you use the start/stop retrieve the minnow will dive to a depth of 1-3 feet and when you stop it will suspend there for a few seconds then start to rise. It is when it starts to rise you can start the twitching action and the minnow will stay at the depth you are working it. As predator fish the largemouth bass is looking for easy meals and an erratic retrieve is not natural to healthy baitfish and attracts larger fish looking for an easy meal. This was brought home to me by my then 12 year old daughter who was using my broke-back minnow and learning to fish. Her retrieve was very erratic with lots of starts and stops with the lure diving some and being dragged across the surface some. I had turn my head to help my son and thought she had fallen in because it sounded like a bowling ball hitting the water behind me. I turn around and she has a nine pound largemouth trying to pull her into the water. It was not successful though and she not has a nice mount of her largest fish ever.
It is effective for many different varieties of fish, anything that is a minnow or baitfish eater will attack it with gusto. Another benefit of using the slow retrieve method and working the bait shallow is being able to see the bait get taken when you are bringing it in. A lot of times you will actually see the mouth or gill plates of the fish when it inhales the bait. I have caught bream, crappie and largemouth bass on the lure and the smaller size minnow will do better on panfish. Overall it would be hard to go wrong in using a broke-back minnow at any pond especially if catching a largemouth bass is something you have set out to do your next fishing adventure.