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Lure Review


Hard to find, but well worth the effort...The TD Minnow Type SG (Continued)
 

The 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 our tests.


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 jerkbait enthusiasts.

 


It is a pity not more e-tailers have the TD Minnow SG in stock...this is one jerkbait that should be added to your arsenal

  
Ratings:

Daiwa TD Minnow SG Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality 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 patterns already 9
Performance Performance 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 baitfish 9.5
Price At $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 8
Features 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 lifelike presentation 9
Design (Ergonomics) 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 8.5
Application 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 deadly effective 9

Total Score

8.83


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Great action L Very hard to find!
J Quality details in design  
J Lifelike stop and go  
J Durable finish and hooks  
J Multi-species effective  


Conclusion:
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.
Angers Marine
714-666-BOAT(2628)

( 3475 E. La Palma Ave. Anaheim , CA 92806 )


                          


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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