Pro staffers enjoy success with new Riot Baits Minima
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Riot Baits, maker of the acclaimed Fuzzy Beaver, has secretly been sending out prototypes of several new baits over the last two years to the upper tier of its pro-staff in preparation for the 2017 season.
One of those baits is the diminutive Minima. It is designed to be a multi-faceted jig, equally at home flipping in grass as it is around hard structure. Its head design and arching belly promote easy skipping and its compact size illicit strikes when larger profile jigs fail.
Inspired by the success of its Lil’ Creeper Football Jig, Riot Baits owner, Matt Stark, set out to design a flipping jig that maintained a compact 2” profile, yet still provided an impeccable hook-up ratio.
The culmination of input from its pro-staff has resulted in a jig that has already proved itself at the highest levels of competition with a victory for Bryan Schmitt at the Northern Bassmaster Open, held on Lake Champlain, NY in the fall of 2016.
“The Minima is the real deal, man”, said Schmitt. “I wasn’t getting bit on the same lures I was using in practice, but then I threw that jig out there, and ‘boom’, I caught a four pounder”. He used the Minima to secure a mixed bag of largemouth and smallmouth on all three days of the tournament, eventually winning by a margin of nearly 2lb.
Five-time BFL Angler of the Year, Jamie Hartman, has also found success with the Minima. He finished in the top 20 on Champlain, which secured him an invitation to fish the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2017. During the first event he used it during the first three days of competition and eventually finished second.