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Rapala CountDown Minnow

8 Reviews
$6.49 to $8.49
SKU: F11221
$6.49 to $8.49

Details

Rapala CountDown Minnows sink at a rate of 1 foot per second, allowing you to easily and repeatedly fish the targeted depth. Whether the fish are suspended, at the weed tops or holding on bottom structure, the Rapala CountDown Minnows can get you to them consistently. When cast or trolled this weighted balsa lure swims with Rapala's signature slow-rolling action. Running true even at high speeds, the rolling, swimming action combined with the small size is just the ticket for when fish aren't aggressively feeding. Slow-sinking on the pause, these lures can be more than a fish can handle, coaxing ferocious strikes. The Rapala CountDown Minnows are outfitted with VMC black nickel hooks, and each lure is hand-tuned and tank-tested to swim perfectly right out of the box.


  • Balsa construction
  • Ideal for casting
  • Custom swimming action
  • Controlled depth sinking rate
  • Large size range
  • Hand tuned & tank tested
  • Qty. per pack: 1

Rapala countdown minnow review

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I have used these exclusively for trout in Pa for as long as I can remember. As do most people I have fished with after our first outing together as the Rapala's out fished whatever they used

works as stated

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Awesome colors

Not as advertised.

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# 7 performs and sinks as described. # 5 sinks noticeably faster than the #7 The small #3 immediately goes nose down and drops like a lead sinker. My experience shows the smaller lures are not made and/or designed well. Perhaps their size makes it more difficult to balance the rate of sinking and point of balance?

WHOA, wow

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Wow, was my reaction first time I used this lure. 2nd cast and a nice 15" rainbow, and I haven't stopped catching them.

My favourite lure! Superb multi-task killer bait!

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In 1974 I gave up on the original floating Rapala for the Countdown as my main lure - the latter casts better, has better wiggling (not so much rolling) action and once you've figured out the sink rate you can cast and work it to fish depths normally requiring a deep diving lure. There is a learning curve here - some practice is required to master your control skills. It does sink steadily so you can't just cast and forget, you have to maintain 'situational awareness'. Once it's at the right fishing depth, a brief pause in retrieve followed by a couple of sharp jerks on the rod tip provoke smashing strikes by Walleye, Pike and Smallmouth Bass. It can also be fished almost jig like in 20-25' of water by letting it settle down and then doing the pause and twitch routine. I have found it to be excellent trolled for Lake and Brook Trout in Ontario lakes. My favourite colours are gold foil for Walleye et c. and silver foil for trout and Arctic Char. CD7 and CD9 are my preferred sizes.

These are Steelhead Slayers!

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When arrived, everyone was drift fishing with jigs and roe bags but no one was getting any bites. So I tied on a 2" Countdown in the Olive Green Muddler pattern and landed a 24" Steelie on my 2nd cast. I almost always replace both treble hooks with 2 VMC inline hooks or with a single Gamakatsu Siwash hook at the tail of the lure. I get better hook sets, the trout are less likely to throw the hook and single hooks are less stressful and damaging to the fish.

Great lure

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Great lures to have in the tackle box for a variety of species

Nice Product

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The smaller #1's worked well for the narrower streams and creeks that I trout fish. The bright fire minnow in particular worked well.