Hard to find, but well worth the effort...The TD Minnow Type
lure has a tight darting action that was irresistible to both schoolie and straggling
stripers. Hits were explosive, many were visual, and after plenty of fish the
lures remained in great shape. This says a great deal
about the lures hooks, which handled all the torque the stripers could dish out,
never showcasing a bent or broken point.
The translucent perch pattern
Color/pattern is quite
important when fishing these baits and when we were fishing in water populated
by both stripers and largemouth we honed into patterns with both. On one
particular day we were picking up nothing but bass on the “yellow spot” pattern.
We switched out to the “Translucent minnow” and suddenly was picking up nothing
but stripers. We were testing the same mid speed retrieve rate.
A close up of the translucent
lure, notice the lifelike scale pattern still exists on this lure too
Apparently we honed in on
patterns that were desirable to the different species. So don’t be afraid to
change up your patterns, and it is good to know that Daiwa supplies 10 different
patterns, each of which mimics a different baitfish.
The lure features a thin lip
design for better action and balance
When it comes to finish
the SG is excellent. The detail in design rivals Lucky Craft and Megabass on
these lures. The lures feature a very detailed scale pattern, and the head
design is exceptional, all the way down to the protruding 3D-eyes. I especially
like the convincing gill design. When it comes to looking and mimicking a
genuine baitfish Daiwa has done right by the new SG.
Check out that protruding 3D eye
Durability: We first
tested the durability of Team Daiwa lures when we experienced the TD Vibration.
Many of the same colors and patterns used within that series are also available
with the SG lures, and the same positive comments about durability seem to
translate onto the SG.
the underbelly of this lure
features a multi color paint process for more flash
Price & Availability:
The TD Minnow SG lures retail for 14.95 a piece, which is right there with the
competition, but here’s where things get really hairy.
While the original TD
Minnow enjoys strong distribution throughout the US in both stores and on e-tailer
pages the TD Minnow SG version is extremely hard to find.
Yes...stripers like it too
Some local stores may have
them but most of the e-tailers have felt somewhat saturated when it comes to
stop and go jerkbaits, and Lucky Craft dominates real estate on both the web and
retail store shelves. The Pointer is one of my favorite baits of all time, but
it is shame that the TD Minnow SG is not more widely distributed, as the lure
not only is quite well designed, but also delivered exceptional performance in
A look at the transition paint on
the top pf the translucent lure
While we understand how
difficult it is to peg new lures onto already jam-packed retail store shelves we
hope that more e-tailers will help make this lure more readily available to
It is a pity not more e-tailers
have the TD Minnow SG in stock...this is one jerkbait that should be added to
Minnow SG Ratings
These lures certainly rival other Japanese premium jerkbait offerings. They
are built very well with top notch materials. The lures have a very durable
finish and its good to see the company has flashy, matte, and translucent
was exceptional on both bass and stripers. While the lure may not cast as
well as some other jerkbaits it more than makes up for it with a excellent
stop and go action. When paused the lure hovers under the water like a real
$14.95 these lures are priced in parity with Lucky Craft and cheaper than
Megabass. I definitely want to buy some more...but wait, where can I buy
them? We certainly hope more e-tailers pick up this jerkbait
While it may be easy to mistake for a Pointer at first glance this lure does
have its own unique abilities and characteristics. The fixed balance point
design and ultra thin lip work together to create an ultra realistic
Overall the SG runs perfect right out of the package, and none of our test
lures needed any type of tuning. These lures are easy to fish and can be
worked fast or slow effectively
Whether it is Bass or Stripers the TD Minnow SG performed well in both
situations. Armed with at least two different patterns this lure can be
Pluses and Minuses:
Very hard to find!|
Quality details in design
Lifelike stop and go
Durable finish and hooks
Easy to fish, hard to
find…that’s pretty much the story here. I was surprised just how much I liked
the TD Minnow SG, considering my loyalty to both the Lucky Craft Pointer and the
Megabass Vision, both of which have been at the apex of my jerkbait arsenal.
Well, it is time to reload, and while the SG will not replace the Pointer or the
Vision it has earned a spot right up there with both of them. The fixed
weighting system delivers an exceedingly realistic hover, and looks just like a
baitfish hanging below the surface. In situations where a slower retrieve, and
stop and go pauses are necessary to incite strikes from
bass the SG is just as good, if not better than the other jerkbaits. While
finding one may be a challenge we can only hope that these lures will become
more available in the coming months. So effective was this new bait that we are
awarding the TD Minnow SG an Editors Choice Award, and for anglers that enjoy
twitching and ripping a good jerkbait, the list of “must have” baits has just
grown by one.
Note: For those who
are having difficulty locating a SG. Currently Angler's Marine has some in stock
and orders can be taken via phone.
( 3475 E. La Palma Ave. Anaheim , CA 92806 )