Casting and cranking a Rebel Minnow will produce fish. There’s no denying that. In fact, sometimes that most basic presentation works best. More often, though, you’ll catch more fish by trying different presentations and figuring out what the fish favor that day.

Rebel Minnows and Rebel Jointed Minnows float when not in motion, and that buoyancy is important to several effective presentations. It’s worth noting that the natural sinking action of a Tracdown Minnow is also extremely valuable. That’s for different applications, though, and is another story for another time.

One traditional Rebel Minnow presentation is to create a dive/float action with pulls and pauses. Let the lure settle on the surface for a few seconds after a cast lands, and then sweep the rod tip a few feet so the lure dives and wiggles. Return the rod to its original position without reeling in slack so the line goes limp and the lure floats to the top. Once the lure pops up, reel in any slack while the lure rests on top and then pull it so it dives again.

A presentation that keeps the Minnow at or near the surface is to work it with quick twitches of the rod tip. This makes a Rebel Minnow dance and wiggle on top or dive slightly with occasional snaps that are just a bit longer. With this general presentation you can keep the lure moving most of the time with nearly constant twitching or incorporate pauses to make the lure stop on the surface.

Turning to subsurface presentations, the buoyancy of a Rebel Minnow provides major benefit for mostly steady cranking broken by strategic hesitations. Just a slight break in the cranking motion will allow the lure to rise a bit in the water column, and often that little variation triggers a strike from a fish that has been watching the lure. When possible, time hesitations to make the lure act differently just as it passes a key location such as dock support, stump or submerged weedbed edge.

An alternative subsurface presentation that works really well is to crank the minnow down and then work it with repeated rod sweeps, reeling quickly to regain line between each sweep. While there’s no punctuated pause in this presentation, the lure slows and rises slightly after every rod sweep, and often that’s when a fish strikes.

Of course, any of these basic presentations can be varied by changing speeds, sharpness of rod movements, lengths of pauses and more, and often the best presentation for a day will combine a couple of techniques. The important thing is to recognize the value of a Rebel Minnow’s buoyancy so you can utilize that in different ways to trigger strikes.