13 Fishing Vertigo Minnow


At the 2019 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show, 13 Fishing introduced its 3- and 4-inch Vertigo Minnow to the angling world.

One of the 2019 ICAST’s YouTube videos features Brandon Coulter’s insights about the Vertigo Minnow. He resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has competed on the Bass Pro Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series, FLW Tour, and Major League Fishing circuits since 2006. Coulter described it as a state-of-the-art soft-plastic minnow that was designed to be affixed to a drop-shot rig, and he was eager to use it to inveigle scores and scores of smallmouth bass that abide in the Great Lakes and other northern waterways.

Since that introduction, it has caught the eyes of several Midwest finesse anglers who encouraged us to publish a gear guide about it. Of course, these anglers would rig it on a small mushroom-style jig with an exposed hook. The reason why they prefer rigging it on a mushroom-style jig stems from the fact that a drop-shot rig isn’t as effective for inveigling largemouth bass and smallmouth bass in the waterways that these anglers normally fish.

At one of these anglers’ constant behest, we eventually contacted Reid Miller of Clearwater, Florida, who is the marketing coordinator for 13 Fishing, and told him we would like to publish a gear guide about it. He graciously responded by sending us several samples.

Here is what we discovered about the 3-inch Vertigo Minnow.

It is 3 1/8 inches long and exhibits a very abstract rendition of a minnow.

Its anterior section is 1 9/16 inches long and possesses an elliptical shape.

Its dorsal area is convex.

From the tip of its head or predorsal area to the junction with it posterior section, the middle or center of the dorsal area is embossed with a tiny groove.

Its predorsal area is about 7/16-inch long. It is about 1/2-inch wide at its widest spot with a circumference of about 1 1/4 inches and a height of about 1/4-inch. It is adorned with two eyes, which have a diameter of about a 1/4-inch. Except for those eyes, the predorsal’s epidermis is smooth.

The final 1 1/8 inches of the anterior section is endowed with five segments that are demarcated with six groves. At its widest spot, it is 1/2-inch wide with a circumference of about 1 3/8 inches and a height of about 5/16-inch. One side of this section is inscribed with “13 Fishing,” and this inscription is 5/8-inch long with a height of about 1/8-inch.

The anterior’s entire ventral region is flat with a smooth epidermis.

The junction of the anterior and posterior sections is quite dramatic. It is delineated by two V-shaped indentations on each side of this junction. And the width of this junction is about 3/16-inch.

The posterior section is 1 9/16 inches long.

The first 9/16-inch of the posterior has somewhat of a tear-drop shape. At its widest spot, it is 3/8-inch wide with a circumference of 13/16-inch. Its dorsal is convex with somewhat of a triangular shape and its epidermis is smooth. The ventral area is flat with a smooth epidermis.

The final inch of the posterior section becomes narrow and thin. It is tipped with what anglers call a boot-style tail. At its narrowest spot, this portion of the posterior has a width of about 1/16-inch. Near the posterior section’s junction with its boot tail, its width increases to about 1/8-inch. The ventral area is flat with a smooth epidermis. The dorsal has a very narrow ridge, which has a height that ranges from about 1/6-inch to about 3/16-inch at its junction with its boot tail.

The boot tail is 9/16-inch long with a width of 3/8-inch at its widest spot.

It is available in the following hues: Buttercup, Cinnamon Toast, Glitter Bomb, Magic Dragon, Melancholy, Mojito, Mudskipper, OG Sour, Purple Rain, Whitey Tighties, and Young Padawan.

It is buoyant and infused with 13 Fishing’s Donkey Sauce Bite. And it is manufactured with what 13 Fishing describes as a “precision hand-pour” technique.”

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