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YUM Money Minnows – Basic Rigging

04/09/08

The YUM Money Minnow is the "talk of the town" in the bass fishing community, and word is also spreading quickly to anglers who more commonly seek stripers, trout, walleyes and various saltwater species. The natural tail wag and lifelike finish make this soft-plastic swimbait irresistible to any gamefish – and when a lure produces fish like mad – it doesn’t take long for word to spread.

Although a Money Minnow can be rigged several different ways, the approach most commonly used by professional anglers is to use an extra wide-gap offset "worm hook" or shank-weighted "swimbait hook" and rig the bait weedless. The most popular presentation almost seems too simple. Cast, reel slowly and get ready to set the hook.

The Money Minnow is arguably the easiest of all swimbaits to rig properly because of a unique belly slot, which the hook fits inside. The most common problem for anglers fishing swimbaits is rigging the baits slightly crooked, which causes them to roll or otherwise swim unnaturally. The slot, being perfectly centered in the belly, provides natural alignment, and the angler only needs to penetrate the plastic once, which dramatically lessens the chance of anything ending up crooked.

Along with facilitating straight rigging and a true running bait, the hook slot gives the angler less material to pull the hook through when he sets the hook. The result is a higher percentage of fish hooked and landed.

In its most basic form, rigging a Money Minnow on an offset hook (whether shank-weighted or not) is much like Texas rigging a plastic worm. Begin by inserting the hook point into the center of the nose and bringing it out beneath the bait’s "chin." Slide the hook all the way through, twisting it through the offset, and then place the hook in the belly slot so the hook rests flush against the back wall of the bait. Bend the bait upward and push the hook point through. Rigged properly, the barb and point should rest against Money Minnow’s back, right in the center, and the bait should hang straight.

Many anglers favor shank-weighted hooks for Money Minnows. The weight allows them to fish the bait a little farther beneath the surface and provides more flexibility in speeds it can be fished. A 6/O swimbait hook with a 1/4 ounce of lead on the shank would be a good choice for a 5-inch Money Minnow.

Some swimbait hooks have a corkscrew type "keeper" wire that is attached to the hook eye and goes into the head of the bait, instead of an offset. To rig with this hook style, simply screw the wire into the center of the head and then hook the bait’s body the same ways as with an offset hook, again using the hook slot to your advantage.

A Money Minnow rigged this way works well in clear to moderately stained water and any place where the fish are relatively shallow or suspended and looking up to feed. Essentially, anywhere you would normally throw a spinnerbait is a good place to cast and slow roll a YUM Money Minnow.

Arm-jolting strikes are not the norm with this type of bait. Instead, fish tend to just slurp them in. If you feel a "tic" on the line or even if it just gets a little "mushy," set the hook hard and be ready!

Lurenet Team

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