Custom Jigs & Spins updates the RPM
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US lure manufacturer, Custom Jigs & Spins, has updated its Rotating Power Minnow (RPM) with a new larger #5.
Implanted with a liquid-smooth rotating eyelet, which extends through the belly of the bait and connects to a surgically sharp #6 treble hook, the RPM moves naturally and reacts instinctively.
“Giving the RPM a sharp pull or rip makes it swim and dart away in random directions,” said veteran walleye guide, Jason Rylander. “Pause and the lure swims back to the centre and it never twists your line.”
Rylander added that the fish stay hooked, another benefit of the free-spinning swivel eye and hook system. “Most swimming lures are so heavy for their size that their weight creates excessive torque on the hooks that can cause fish to become unbuttoned. This never happens with the RPM because the rotating belly hook never allows walleyes or bass to gain leverage and get away. The tail hook pivots so you have got them either way.”
Weighing in at 3/8oz and measuring 2-3/4 inches in length, the RPM fishes just slightly lighter than other lures in the category. Rylander calls this an advantage, noting that it flutters more seductively on the fall and shimmies with a slightly erratic action – helped by the lure’s free-swimming design.
“The other thing I love about the RPM is that it lacks the nose hook present in similar lures,” added Rylander. “ You don’t need to hook fish. Also, it means you don’t snag fish – yet another shortcoming of most lures in this category.”
Rylander fishes the RPM in two ways. “I like to drop the lure to the bottom in 10ft to 20ft of water and deploy the Minn Kota to slowly troll along a drop-off, usually at .5mph to .75mph. You can also make short casts with the lure and retrieve it back to the boat. Either way, you want to give the RPM short, rhythmic snaps of the rod tip, followed by a totally slack line to allow it to dart in random directions.”
Rigged with a main line of 10lb to 15lb test braid, Rylander runs a 2ft to 3ft leader of 10lb to12lb test fluorocarbon to the lure for abrasion resistance, lure action and to resist bite-offs from pike.
Constructed in natural forage profiles, the RPM minnow body transitions smoothly into a subtle swimming tail, creating a beautiful, hydrodynamic presentation and the most durable swimming lure.
The RPM comes in 16 patterns, from perch and emerald shiner to crawfish fire tiger and red glow. It is offered in two sizes – the original 2inch #3 and the new ‘walleye wonder’ #5.
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