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Friday, December 14, 2007

• Review: Strike King Mini King

I'd just like to point out that this marks my 100th blog post. There's still a lot left to write. Thanks to all of my visitors and readers.

The Strike King Mini King is a smaller profile 1/8oz spinnerbait with a 2.1 size silver Tennessee diamond blade and durable diamond dust heads. These spinnerbaits are used by anglers fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, sunfish, walleye, or trout. I've caught bass, crappie, and even a goggle eye on these things. They come in a variety of colors, but it may be hard to find a few of them. Most stores carry the chartreuse, blue white chartreuse, black and blue, and white colored silicone skirts.

This spinnerbait is hard to beat and many anglers never leave the water empty handed when a Mini King is tied on. Never underestimate the size of bass you can catch with a Mini King. These spinnerbaits work well with spinning rigs and light line, but I don't like spinning reels, so my BPS Prolite baitcaster handles Mini Kings just fine. Remember they only weigh 1/8oz.

My neighbor swears by these spinnerbaits and recommends casting up over the hydrilla and working it away from the edge. I like to use them when bass are pressured or when nothing is biting. If you think you should down size, these spinnerbaits are what you need. I like using them shallow, but also let them drop to the bottom and slow roll them back. I can even cast them fairly well on windy days without much of a backlash.

I don't do any wire bending. These spinnerbaits tend to run true, although the blade may stop turning when working slow. Sometimes I do bend the hook point down a little. I find that the fish can't throw the hook as easily. Adding a small twirl tail grub or tail end of a worm gives this lure a bit more weight and a little more bulk. The crappie tend to bite more when I add something like that. I don't trim the skirts either. I've thought about using some blade dip to add some color to the flash, but haven't tried it yet. One problem I have is with the band around the skirt. Over time, it can crack and break, especially in the summer heat. I always tie a good knot around the skirt above the band just in case. Piecing together a skirt after the band brakes can be messy and tedious. The only other problem I've noticed is that the so called durable head can crack, but I haven't had one break off yet.

The only other comment I can add has to do with the bleeding bait Mini Kings. While this post isn't a review of the bleeding bait version of the Mini King, I have to mention that the willow blade is harder to keep turning than the Tennessee diamond blade. I don't have much luck with those bleeding bait spinnerbaits anyway.


bassinsmypassion said...

this spinner is amazing! i just caught a 3 lb. bass today, and its been really COLD and WINDY!