Optimum OB Minnow
The Optimum OB Minnow, formerly known as the AC Minnow, is a topwater wakebait designed to mimic large forage species that predatory fish feed upon. Crafted from a special wood material, the OB Minnow displays one of the most sought after actions - the dual side to side swim and the top to bottom roll. Furthermore, the highly buoyant wood causes the bait to bob up and down creating ripples and wake at even the slowest of retrieve speeds. Anglers can employ a number of retrieval methods with the Optimum OB Minnow, but a few have become very popular among the big bait crowd.
A slow, steady retrieval speed causes the Optimum OB Minnow to subtly make its way across the water's surface mirroring the action of an unsuspecting or injured prey. The jointed body and swimbait tail leave a nice easy to follow wake trail that fish use like breadcrumbs as they hunt. This technique is preferred by the lunker hunters as they believe big bass and stripers are more likely to attack an easy, slow moving meal.
Crank it Down
Perhaps the most closely guarded secret of anglers fishing moving water fisheries is using a wakebait right below the water's surface. From the tidal waters of the California Delta to the Potomac river of the east coast, anglers who have discovered this application have realized just how effective it can be. Simply reel with a speed that dives the Optimum OB Minnow right below the surface and watch as a noticeable wake is created under the water. This action is deadly anytime you have moving water and vegetation.
Due to the buoyancy of the Optimum OB Minnow, deadsticking the lure can be incredibly effective. Once the lure hits the water, give the rod tip a few twitches, much like you would a popper, and watch as the OB Minnow slaps and darts creating the appearance of an injured forage fish. Big bass often fall victim to this deceptive practice.
About the OB Minnow
The patented hand crafted
wood minnow is known for its natural trout (large baitfish) like action
and can be fished multiple ways. The lure's design is the same of the original AC Minnow wakebaits which are among the most popular topwater swimbaits of all time. When fished with a slow retrieve, the
tail creates a wake on the surface while the body slowly rolls producing
a deadly swimming action. This wake like action is ideal for shallow
areas or over submerged brush, weeds or grass and creates the thrill of a
lifetime when the explosive topwater strike occurs. Cranking the bait
faster allows the bait to dive to ranges of 4-5 feet for the lunkers
hanging around deeper edges and points. For those whopper size striper
and lake trout, surface trolling the minnow is also a popular and
successful method. (Do not use with a downrigger; the high pressure will
cause wood to split.)
We offer the Optimum OB Minnow in several color patterns in both the 7" and 9" versions. We also carry the Foil Version.
- Suggested Line: 7” : 16-20lb 9”: 20-30lb
- Suggested Rod – Med Heavy – Heavy
- Widely used Methods – Cast and Retrieve, Dead Sticking, Surface Trolling, Twitching, Waking