I am a big fan of the 5” free minnow from 412. My favorite way to fish the original 5” free minnow is wacky style on a dead drift in current - or cast along the bank wacky style with slight twitches on a slack line. I was very skeptical when Donald introduced the NEW free minnow because I knew that he was taking a great bait and changing it. I knew there would be more action and it scared me. My fear was that the bait would be so radically different from it’s predecessor that what I once fished as a finesse bait would now have “too much” action for finesse presentations.
YES - the new free minnow has tons of action. The new minnow has so much action that it is a better soft jerk bait or fluke style bait than the original - with the ability to be “burned on top”, walked high in the water column, turn 180 degrees on a slight twitch, or just “quivered” on a slack line. The tournament series formula also allows this bait to stay down in the water column better than other fluke style baits. As a fluke style bait, the action and versatility of the free minnow places it in a class by itself.
NO - it does not have “too much” action for finesse. This bait excels on the wacky rig. Dead drifting in current, this bait due to the segmented body, reacts to current in a more natural, life-like manner than the original. Also when cast to the bank in slack water, the bait can be manipulated with less effort by the angler on a slack line. As a “finesse” bait, I do not believe that this bait has “too much” action as originally thought. The angler can just impart the same action - or more - with less effort.
FINAL THOUGHT - The new free minnow in one word can be described as “versatile”.
412 Bait Co. by Donald Corbett has produced a new king of versatility. Whether fished as a fluke or a stickbait, the new free minnow excels.