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Swimbait Review



Cal Coast Fishing's New Twerk Minnow Swimbait


Date: 10/30/20
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Cal Coast Fishing
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.67 - GOOD

If you were in doubt about the effectiveness and popularity of paddletail swimbaits, just take a look at TackleWarehouse's catalog page on this bait type. It is broken down into three categories of paddletails with individual product listings numbering close to two hundred baits! In fact, there are so many options, even TackleWarehouse can't stay up to date with the choices they have in store. Case in point? Today's subject of review, Cal Coast Fishing's Twerk Minnow is available at the store, but at the time of this writing, missing from that catalog page. Nevertheless, here's our take on this new swimmer.


Cal Coast Fishing Twerk Minnow Specifications

Type Paddletail Swimbait
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 6
Sizes 5.5" & 7.5"
Scent/Plastic Treatment None
# per package 5.5" = 2 : 7" = 1
Resealable Bag? Yes (plastic clamshell)
MSRP $11.99 - 12.99


Impressions: Cal Coast Fishing's Twerk Minnow is available in two sizes, five and a half and seven and a half inches (5.5" & 7.5"). It is a full body, split belly type of paddletail made from a soft plastic material. Cal coast recommends rigging the 5.5" bait with an 8/0 swimbait hook and the 7.5" with a 10/0 swimbait hook. The baits themselves are mildly realistic with protruding anal and caudal fins and molded gill plates.


Introducing Cal Coast Fishing's Twerk Minnow

Real World Tests: For the bait's real world tests, I chose to rig them on appropriately sized Owner Flashy Swimmer and Gamakatsu Spring Lock Monster hooks and fished it primarily on my Phenix Rods M1 MXUR80H paired with my Daiwa 2018 Ryoga spooled with 50lb Spiderwire Ultracast X8 (in aquacamo) topshotted with some Sufix 14lb Advance Fluorocarbon Line as a leader.

Rigging is easy with products like Owner's Flashy Swimmer or...


Ease of Rigging : Actual rigging of the Twerk Minnow on these hooks is straight forward with the spring lock bait keepers going through the nose of the bait and the body of the hook sliding into the bait's belly cavity allowing the hook point to expose out the back of the bait.


...Gamakatsu's Spring Lock Monster weighted swimbait hooks


Ease of Actuation : Once on the hook properly, the Twerk Minnow is pretty straight forward to fish. Just cast it out and retrieve. What I enjoyed about this bait is that it swims at just about all speeds. The bait's material consistency is soft enough to let that tail move nicely at just about all speeds.


The Twerk Minnow has an old school appeal


Hook Up Ratio : When that bite eventually came, I had no trouble with hook ups either which is always a question on any bait where the hook is semi concealed. But the combo I used of rod, reel, line and hook choices worked well this this bait.


The bait's tail has a unique, slim design that kicks at all speeds

Durability : Durability of the Twerk Minnow is about average. The only real point of wear I encountered was getting the hook to stay concealed after several catches. That hole on the back of the bait where the hook is penetrating will wear and tear, it's just natural with this type of bait, but I didn't feel my baits wore out prematurely at all.

There's a channel down the belly to simplify rigging

Design & Ergonomics: Cal Coast Fishing's Twerk Minnow is available in two different sizes and in a limited palate of six colors. As far as we know, there is no scent or fish attractant infused in the soft plastic that makes up the bait. The colors themselves are somewhat simplistic and very old school, but that's part of the bait's charm. These feel like they were hand poured in someone's garage (and they may very well be) and sometimes, those are the best baits to fish.

As well as a channel on top to help conceal the exposed hook

Price & Applications: The smaller sized Twerk Minnow comes in a package of two baits for $12.99 while the larger size is sold in singles for $11.99. This bait is effective in open water, along weedlines, and even through clumps of weeds provided you rig it correctly.

The Twerk Minnow is available in two sizes


Cal Coast Fishing Twerk Minnow Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Consistency bait to bait and in the bait's soft plastic is very good 8
Performance Easy to rig, casts well, swims even better with very good hook up ratio 9
Price Priced like a hand pour 6.5
Features 3D eyes and fins, textured scales, good head detailing 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Limited color palate 7
Application Good in a variety of cover conditions 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Good tail action at all speeds - Limited color options
+ Easy to rig  
+ Can be fished weedless  
+ Nice, soft bait consistency  


Cal Coast Fishing has designed their Twerk Minnow to swim at all speeds and that's the mark of a paddletail swimbait with a lot of potential


Conclusion: There's not much mystery behind baits like the Twerk Minnow. Paddletail swimbaits are ubiquitous and have taken over the spinnerbait as a search tool in a variety of cover conditions. The only real question when discovering a new option like this is how fast and how slow can you retrieve them. Cal Coast Fishing has designed their take to swim at all speeds and that's the mark of a paddletail swimbait with a lot of potential. So if you're on the hunt for a new paddletail bait to inspire your fishing adventures, I recommend you put the Twerk Minnow on your short list.


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