Fingerling Hi-Catch – Bibbed Minnow
by Allan Burgess
Here’s an interesting trout lure. It’s the Fingerling Hi-Catch made by Luhr Jensen of Hood River, Vancouver, Canada.
The Fingerling Crankbait is made from tough injected moulded plastic. Overall length is 100 mm, of which 25 mm is a broad clear plastic bib. Weight is 5/16 oz. The paintwork on the Fingerling is very realistic. It includes eyes, fins, spots and gill covers!
This lure is ideal for trolling, though it can certainly be cast with light lines (4 – 6 pound). Perhaps unusually it doesn’t have a rattle. This lure is probably best described as a bibbed minnow rather than a spinner.
You would have to look around for the Fingerling Crankbait lure. In New Zealand, it is only sold in specialist tackle shops.
Perhaps the one weakness of the Fingerling Hi-Catch I have found is that the bibs are prone to breaking if the lure is roughly handled. I have never had one break on a fish but have found them broken in my tackle box. The bibs are not through wired so if a bib were to snap with a fish on both the lure and fish would be lost.
The thin plastic bibs will only break if the lure is carelessly handled. Banged against other lures in a tackle box will do it. Store each Fingerling separately. The best way to store them in your tackle box is by hanging from the rear hook.
The Fingerling looks very realistic and fish-like for a hard-bodied lure. It comes in a good range of colours. I especially like the rainbow trout colour scheme and this would be my personal preference.
I have found the Fingerling Hi-Catch crankbait to be an excellent fish taker when lake trolling for trout and landlocked quinnat salmon at Lake Coleridge. It has also been successful for me on Lake Brunner. Highly rated.
Overall Length: 100mm. Body 75mm. Bib: 25mm.
Weight: 9g (5/16oz).
Medium wobble with a best-trolling speed of 2.5 kph.
Divers to around 3.5 metres with 20 metres of line out at 2.5kph.
Another excellent choice for lake trolling for trout and land-locked salmon is the Rapala Shad Rap Deep Runner