BioSpawn Fishing just launched the all-new VileMinnow, a soft plastic jerkbait engineered with enhanced rigging abilities and natural features designed to catch fish.
A bionic replica of a dying baitfish, capable of twitching and darting, the BioSpawn VileMinnow is a newly engineered take on the fluke style soft plastic. An infusion of built-in-a-lab BioScent boosts strikes. Elongated tail for simulated action. And a hook channel for protection through weeds.
Best deployed on an EWG hook, rigged weedless through the hook channel. Use short pops along the surface around vegetation. Glide and dart through open water around schooling baitfish. The elongated tail simulates the action of dying baitfish to stimulate predators. It can also be operated as a trailer if the situation arises.
To help dive into this fluke-style soft plastic even further, we sat down with BioSpawn and Elite Series pro-Josh Douglas to get his thoughts on the VileMinnow. Here are five questions on fishing fluke style soft plastics with one of the best bass anglers in the world:
1) As a northern – what excites you about the BioSpawn VileMinnow?
One word: Smallmouth! I’ve used this style of soft plastic ALOT as a prespawn jerkbait to catch magnum smallmouth. It’s great around cabbage, unlike a traditional jerkbait which will get caught up in the weeds. Fishing it fast to elicit strikes from hungry prespawn smallmouth is among my favorite ways to fire the fish up with the VileMinnow.
2) What stands out the most from the new BioSpawn take on the classic fluke design?
It looks just like the bait they’re eating. It has the standard fluke action will a jazzed up and realistic look. It’s heavier than most soft plastics, which helps you cast it a mile which is extremely important when fishing it weightless on an EWG. The weight also adds to the VileMinnow’s relatively quick sink rate, allowing it to get down and stay down throughout each retrieve.
3) What colors of the VileMinnow do you tie on most often?
Green pumpkin with chartreuse and bluegill are two of my favorites, especially in the shallows, where I usually fish fluke-style baits. In these areas, the bass are accustomed to feeding on bluegill, so anything I can get to resemble natural baitfish is what I’m going with. In stained water, I like to use brighter colors like white or chartreuse being my main two, while I keep things natural in clear water.
4) You can fish Flukes so many different ways, but how are you fishing it most often? And then what is one juicy trick that you do with it that most guys don’t?
As I mentioned before, fishing a fluke extra fast like you would a hard-bodied jerkbait in the shallow grass is a juicy way to catch largemouth and smallmouth in the spring. Later into the summer, try dragging the VileMinnow on a Carolina Rig on any lake filled with shad.
5) When are prime fluke conditions, seasons, or scenarios?
Throughout The Spawn: Fish are shallow and aggressive. Using a soft plastic fluke-style bait to pick apart active prespawn and postspawn feeders is such a fun way to fish.
Bonus Round: Rate these example parings of the VileMinnow from 1-to 10. One being the least likely way you’d fish and 10 being the most likely way you’ll fish the VileMinnow
- Weightless – Score: 10
- Chatterbait Trailer – Score: 6
- Scrounger Head – Score: 5
- Carolina Rigged – Score: 7
- Texas Rigged – Score:7
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