Expand your Fishing Options with Rebel Lures’ New Go-Anywhere, Catch-Anything Freshwater Crankbaits
by the Fish On Daily staff
Today’s anglers are increasingly adding adventure to their fishing pursuits. This means heading to new, remote waters—places that are often protected by special regulations. While many anglers balk at fishing in these regulated areas, those looking more for tight-line action than fish in a skillet can often enjoy a higher-quality fishing experience than what is found in “free-for-all” waters. These special-regulation streams and lakes, however, usually require fishing with barbless artificial lures.
Rebel Lures has been a go-to source for innovative crankbaits for decades. This year the company introduced a new line of baits designed specifically for adventure anglers looking to take advantage of the tremendous action available in special-regulation waters.
The Rebel Lures microCritter series of spincast baits covers the range of bait classes, from topwater to shallow-diving terrestrials and aquatics. All feature a single, rigid barbless hook to prevent damaging, deep-hook sets. They weigh 1/16 ounces, and measure from 1-1/4 to 1-5/16 inches long. Each lure offers several color patterns to better match your fishing environment and target species.
The hooks, integrated into the body of the lures, are positioned with the point up to prevent snagging on bottom structure and to allow for an optimal hook-up when a fish strikes. To ensure the microCritters deliver realistic action and the bodies maintain the ideal orientation in the water, the lures are weighted on the bottom. Action is further enhanced with flat-contour lips on all lures but the microPOP-R.
Because of their light weight and the type of waters these lures were primarily designed for, Rebel Lures suggests anglers use line rated at two to six pounds.
Although these patterns will perform across a wide range of freshwater species, the microCritter lures are ideally suited for working smallmouths and trout in tight streams or small lakes. In protected streams with native brookies or naturally reproducing browns and rainbows, the microMinnow or microCrickhopper are no-brainers. For bronzebacks, check out the microCrawfish or the topwater microPOP-R. Both of these are new takes on Rebel Lures’ time-tested Wee Crawfish and Pop-R patterns, respectively.
If you’re concerned about the loss rate of fishing with barbless hooks, don’t be. By keeping your rod up and the line taut from hook-up to landing (which is what you should always do), you’ll probably not notice any increase in lure tosses between barbless and barbed fishing for most species and fishing conditions.
And here’s an interesting look forward… According to our sources, Rebel Lures will expand the microCritter lineup later this year with the addition of two Tracdown (sinking) versions—one of the microMinnow and one of the microCrawfish. We’re looking forward to trying these in some of our favorite brown trout holes before the fall spawn.