By Walker Smith
Soft jerkbaits are an extremely overlooked technique for catching big bass. Productive throughout the entire year, this style of bait will catch fish when others fall short. Trigger X provided us with a few Drop Dead Minnows to review, so I’ve been putting it to the test on several different bodies of water. Although there are numerous things to love about this bait, 4 things in particular stand out.
• Unique action
• Color consistency
Holds up well to multiple fish catches
Plainly stated, fragile soft plastics waste time and money. The Trigger X Drop Dead Minnow doesn’t fall to pieces after a couple of fish catches—in fact, I’ve caught upwards of 6 fish on a single bait. If you’re pressed for time in a tournament situation, you don’t have to worry about constant re-rigging or digging through your boat to find more. This bait holds up extremely well.
Skipping soft jerkbaits underneath docks is a very productive pattern on my home lake and the Drop Dead Minnow doesn’t slide down the hook or rip at the penetration points.
Heavier than most soft jerkbaits
The Drop Dead Minnow is a fairly meaty soft jerkbait, which is extremely helpful for long casts. Whether you like to throw your weightless plastics on spinning or casting gear, you won’t have a problem bombing this bait into tight spots.
This has proven to be very useful for targeting prespawn fish. As they cruise shallow flats in search of bedding areas, the castability of the Drop Dead Minnow lets you make long casts to these spooky fish before they notice your presence.
Not your average action
Like most soft jerkbaits, it darts and dashes through the water when twitched, but the major difference is noticeable as it falls on slack line. The Drop Dead Minnow is very soft, which allows it to violently quiver as it falls. While many similar baits simply glide to the bottom, its one-piece triangular tail causes it to spiral downward in a tight circle, perfectly mimicking a dying shad.
Consistent colors that save time
Not all soft plastic manufacturers spend the time to ensure that every bait has identical coloring, but Trigger X has done an outstanding job in this regard. Bass are picky creatures, and if you’re really catching them on a Gizzard Shad Drop Dead Minnow, you can rest assured that any bait you take out of the package will look identical to the one you’re replacing.
Inconsistent colors are a major headache on the water, but I’ve been spoiled with this bait. I don’t have to inspect each Drop Dead Minnow to ensure similarity—I just rig it up and keep fishing.
Reasonably priced at $4.19 per pack, the Trigger X Drop Dead Minnow isn’t your average soft jerkbait. I suggest grabbing a few packs to give the bass a totally different look this spring. I spoke at length with Elite Series pro and Drop Dead Minnow designer Davy Hite about this product and you can be sure to get consistent quality with every pack.
The Trigger X Drop Dead Minnow is available at TackleWarehouse.com and other retailers that carry Trigger X products.