I tried a few retrieves through the muck and moved along one swim. I was trying to be stealthy after listening to a very good talk full of pike tips by Eric Edwards at the LAS lurefair the previous day about fishing swims close in first and staying hidden where possible. After a couple chucks close in I revealed (not exposed) myself and launched the Black Minnow out about 30 yards. For a change I thought I'd swim the thing back straight away and let it find a running depth hopefully in the bottom third of the water. After a few turns I felt something snatch it and shake its head a couple times. This something was wound swiftly in and was revealed to be a small jack pike about 2lb nicely hooked in the top of the mouth with the minnow's body folded out of the way of the hookhold. A single hook is safer and quicker to remove than a couple of trebles and the mini pike shot off like a rocket when it regained its element moments after being removed from it. The soft body only had a few nicks in it from the jack so back out it went
A few more swims along and out of the wind I was casting from behind a tree where I could peep out through my polarised sunglasses and hopefully see fish following. And follow they did. A jack of about 6lb and a smaller one both followed the minnow all the way in several times but just sat and looked at it from about a foot away when I dangled it or dropped it to the deck. They did the same to a shallow salmo perch 12 and a slider so I don't think they were hungry.
DHFA first impressions of the Fiiish Black Minnow are very positive and this will be a lure I will take anywhere. For sneaking around chucking into swims with unseen weed and snags it is as safe as any lure. The sexy action and very natural appearance make it a clear water lure that I can have confidence in. I'm really looking forward to June 16th to throw this into my favourite snaggy/weedy weirpools. It is expensive for a soft lure but I am hoping that the weedless design also means that I will not lose too many in snags.
*Updated update 2020*
After a few sessions with the 120 and 90mm Black Minnows I am even more enthusiastic about these lures. Pike really like the 120 and I've had a big perch bite a lump out of it right in front of me. The Black Minnow 90 is now my #1 go-to perch lure. I've had hundreds of perch up to 3lb 2 on the khaki model. If I'm fishing a swim where I don't know what snags/fish are in there its the first lure to go on as its unlikely to snag up and I have the utmost confidence that, if a perch is there, it will take the lure.
|Perch to the 90mm Fiiish black minnow.|
|Pike on the 120mm|
The black minnow's swimming action and movement really do seem to stimulate predatory fish in to following and striking. It's a brilliant search lure to plumb a swim and find out what's there without hanging up - in the knowledge that you will probably draw a strike from any predator present.
A shallower running jig head would be the perfect improvement on Black Minnow for me and it appears that such a thing exists or has existed recently.
|Shallow head. I want this.|
The attachment loop is right at the front so it ought to be more weedless than the 'shore' heads I use. I cannot, however, locate one of these things for sale. If anybody can find me some please put a comment up.
Heaps verdict ***** 5 stars out of 5.