Tips For Using eMinnow

Tips for using the World’s 1st and only fully motorized fishing lure – eMisergiy7nnow!

This unique lure has a life-like appearance, the motion pattern of a real fish and can be used in variety of fishing activities. This version of eMinnow was created to substitute real live bait fish and is legal to use in waters where live (or even dead) fish bait is prohibited. eMinnow is especially effective as a live bait replacement for predator fish such as pike, musky, walleye, trout, bass, and jumbo perch. Instructions below will show examples of how eMinnow can be used in different scenarios and fishing conditions:

1) eMinnow fishing with tip-ups
(winter-lipless or lipped sinking models):

eminnow-image-1-01a. If targeting pike, musky or eminnow-image-13-01_001walleye it is advisable to use eMinnow with at least 10” long 20-30 lbs. steel or 30-40 lbs. fluorocarbon leader (better).
b. Use a snap swivel between your main line and a leader.
c. Connect eMinnow to a leader and sink the lure down until it reaches the bottom. Slack line will show when the lure hits the bottom. Raise the lure 1’ – 3’ off the bottom and set your tip-up.
d. Change batteries of the lure every 1 – 2 hours in cold water or 3 – 4 hours in warm water or as required. The longevity of the batteries depends on the battery quality, water depth and temperature. (See separate battery changing instructions)
e. Some fishing conditions may require using eMinnow at different water levels, depending on where the target fish is.
f. For faster sinking and changing the action radius of the lure, a small weight (2-3 g) could be used above the lure. The bigger distance between the lure and the weight – the bigger action radius eMinnow will have.
g. Maximum recommended depth is 15’ (5m).
h. While eMinnow is incredibly life-like and extremely effective as a live fish bait substitute, it is still an artificial lure and we recommend setting the hook as soon as possible after the strike. That is why spring-loaded tip-ups (automatic hook setters) such as Automatic Fisherman, JawJacker or other alike are the better choice for tip-up type fishing. Otherwise, try to pay close attention to your tip-ups and set the hook ASAP.
i. Moderate amount of liquid attractant can be added to the tail of the lure for even better performance. Attractant should be thoroughly cleaned after the use to avoid tail shaft gumming up.
j. After the fishing is done, take the lure off the water, unsnap it from the leader, dry with a soft, clean cloth and store in a dry place. We recommend taking the batteries out of the lure for a long storage or between the seasons and leave the lid loose to avoid any possible moisture condensation on the internal parts.

2) eMinnow fishing with bobber or spring indicator
(winter – lipless or lipped sinking models):

eminnow-image-2-01a. If targeting pike, musky or walleye it is advisable to use eMinnow with at least 10” long 20-30 lbs. steel or 30-40 lbs. fluorocarbon leader (better).
b. Use a snap swivel between your main line and a leader.
c. Connect eMinnow to a leader and sink the lure down until it reaches the bottom. Slack line will show when the lure hits the bottom. Raise the lure 1’ – 3’ off the bottom and set your bobber or spring indicator.
d. Vertical jigging from time to time will bring another dimension to lure movement and may trigger an interested but indecisive predator to strike.
e. Change batteries of the lure every 1 – 2 hours in cold water or 3 – 4 hours in warm water or as required. The longevity of the batteries depends on the battery quality and water depth and temperature. (See separate battery changing instructions)
f. Some fishing conditions may require using eMinnow at different water levels, depending on where the target fish is.
g. For faster sinking and changing the action radius of the lure, a small weight sinker (2-3 g) can be used above the lure. The bigger distance between the lure and the sinker – the bigger action radius eMinnow will have.
h. Maximum recommended depth is 15’ (5m).
i. We suggest keeping the rod in hand or using a rod holder to prevent losing a rod due to a sudden strike.
j. While eMinnow is incredibly life-like and extremely effective as a live fish bait substitute, it is still an artificial lure and we recommend setting the hook as soon as possible after the strike. Anglers should pay close attention to a bobber or spring indicator and set the hook as soon as bite is detected.
k. Moderate amount of liquid attractant can be added to the tail of the lure for even better performance. Also small pieces of legal bait such as fish eggs, worms or shrimp could be added to the hooks of the lure to make it even more irresistible. Attractant must be thoroughly cleaned after the use to avoid tail shaft gumming up.
l. After the fishing is done, take the lure out of the water, unsnap it from the leader, dry with a soft, clean cloth and store in a dry place. We recommend taking the batteries out of the lure for a long storage or between the seasons and leave the lid loose to avoid any possible moisture condensation on the internal parts.

3) Jigging with eMinnow
(winter – lipless or lipped sinking models):

eminnow-image-3-01a. If targeting pike, musky or walleye it is advisable to use eMinnow with at least 10” long 20-30 lbs. steel or 30-40 lbs. fluorocarbon leader (better).
b. Use a snap swivel between your main line and a leader.
c. Connect eMinnow to a leader and sink the lure down until it reaches the bottom. Slack line will show when the lure hits the bottom. Raise the lure 1’ – 3’ off the bottom and start jigging.
d. We recommend low intensity jigging using eMinnow – 1 or 2 jerks every 2-3 mins is a starting point. eMinnow is self-propelled lure and high intensity jigging is not required nor recommended.
e. Hitting bottom occasionally and creating small clouds of murky water may trigger a strike from interested but indecisive predator. Experiment with eMinnow, find your own productive pattern and, please, share with us on www.eminnow.com!
f. Set the hook as soon as strike is detected.
g. Change batteries of the lure every 1 – 2 hours in cold water or 3 – 4 hours in warm water or as required. The longevity of the batteries depends on the battery quality and water depth and temperature. (See separate battery changing instructions)
h. Some fishing conditions may require using eMinnow at different water levels, depending on where the target fish is.
i. For faster sinking and changing the action radius of the lure, small weight sinker (2-3 g) can be used above the lure. The bigger distance between the lure and the sinker – the bigger action radius eMinnow will have.
j. Maximum recommended depth is 15’ (5m).
k. Moderate amount of liquid attractant could be added to the tail of the lure for even better performance. Also small pieces of legal bait such as fish eggs, worms or shrimp could be added to the hooks of the lure to make it even more irresistible. Attractant should be thoroughly cleaned after the use to avoid tail shaft gumming up.
l. After the fishing is done, take the lure out of the water, unsnap it from the leader, dry with a soft, clean cloth and store in a dry place. We recommend taking the batteries out of the lure for a long storage or between the seasons and leave the lid loose to avoid any possible moisture condensation on the internal parts.

4) eMinnow as an attractant for smaller predators
(yellow perch, sunfish, crappie – winter –
lipless or lipped sinking models):

eminnow-image-4-01-01a. eMinnow is extremely attractive for smaller predators like yellow perch, but is too big for them to swallow. While eMinnow is working to trigger a bigger predator strike, there is always a bunch of interested yellow perch cruising around it and even trying to attack it.
b. That is why eMinnow could be effectively used to attract and hold perch and other small predator fish around the fisherman’s jig without messing with chumming (illegal in many jurisdictions), light, sound generators, etc. eMinnow will replace them all and is more effective hands down.
c. Drill a secondary hole within 2’-3’ vicinity of your main hole. Connect eMinnow to a leader and sink the lure down the secondary hole until it reaches the bottom. Slack line will show when the lure hits the bottom. Raise the lure 1’ – 3’ off the bottom and set your eMinnow rod.
d. Now use your main hole, rod, and favorite method to catch perch or other smaller predator fish and be ready to set a hook – eMinnow is working hard to bring fish right up to your jig or hook.
e. In jurisdictions where only one line and hook is permitted, use eMinnow on separate line without hooks.
f. You may use several secondary holes with hookless eMinnow around your main hole with your jigger and have even better presentation.
g. Where permitted to use several hooked lines, eMinnow could be used with hooks equipped with legal bait such as maggots, shrimp, fish eggs, etc. eMinnow in combination with self-hooking rod holder, will not only be an extremely good attractant, but also may reward you with some good trophies too.
h. Change batteries of the lure every 1 – 2 hours in cold water or 3 – 4 hours in warm water or as required. The longevity of the batteries depends on the battery quality, water depth and temperature. (See separate battery changing instructions)
i. Some fishing conditions may require using eMinnow at different water levels, depending on where the target fish is.
j. For faster sinking and changing the action radius of the lure, a small weight sinker (2-3 g) could be used above the lure. The bigger distance between the lure and the sinker – the bigger action radius eMinnow will have.
k. Maximum recommended depth is 15’ (5m).
m. After the fishing is done, take the lure out of the water, unsnap it from the leader, dry with a soft, clean cloth and store in a dry place. We recommend taking the batteries out of the lure for a long storage or between the seasons and leave the lid loose to avoid any possible moisture condensation on the internal parts.

5) eMinnow fishing with bobber
(summer – lipless or lipped sinking models):

5a. If targeting pike, musky or walleye it is advisable to use eMinnow with at least 10” long 20-30 lbs. steel or 30-40 lbs. fluorocarbon leader (better).
b. Use an appropriate bobber test to support weight of eMinnow (approximately 30g test).
c. Use a snap swivel between your main line and a leader.
d. Connect eMinnow to a leader and cast the lure to the desired spot. Set the depth using the bobber approximately 1’ – 3’ off the bottom or as fishing conditions dictate.
e. eMinnow bobber fishing can be done off the docks, shore, or a boat. 4Fishing from the boat gives a fisherman flexibility to cover more water and fish in most promising spots, such as drop-offs, grass/weed edges and openings, shoals, etc.
f. Anglers are encouraged to experiment with eMinnow to find the best techniques, patterns, depths, and spots for successful fishing.
g. Change batteries of the lure every 1 – 2 hours in cold water or 3 – 4 hours in warm water or as required. The longevity of the batteries depends on the battery quality and water depth and temperature. (See separate battery changing instructions)
h. Some fishing conditions may require using eMinnow at different water levels, depending on where the target fish is.
i. For faster sinking and changing the action radius of the lure, a small weight sinker (2-3 g) could be used above the lure. The bigger distance between the lure and the sinker – the bigger the action radius eMinnow will have.
j. Maximum recommended depth is 15’ (5m).
k. We suggest keeping the rod in hand or using a rod holder to prevent losing a rod due to a sudden strike.
l. While eMinnow is incredibly life-like and extremely effective as a live fish bait substitute, it is still an artificial lure and we recommend setting the hook as soon as possible after the strike. Anglers should pay close attention to the bobber and set the hook as soon as bite is detected.
m. Moderate amount of liquid attractant can be added to the tail of the lure for even better performance. Also small pieces of legal bait such as fish eggs, worms or shrimp could be added to the hooks of the lure to make it even more irresistible. Attractant should be thoroughly cleaned after the use to avoid tail shaft gumming up.
n. After the fishing is done, take the lure out of the water, unsnap it from the leader, dry with a soft, clean cloth and store in a dry place. We recommend taking the batteries out of the lure for a long storage or between the seasons and leave the lid loose to avoid any possible moisture condensation on the internal parts.

6) Casting fishing with eMinnow
(summer – lipped models):

eminnow-image-6-01-01-01a. If targeting pike or musky it is advisable to use eMinnow with at least 10” long 20-30 lbs. steel or 30-40 lbs. fluorocarbon leader (better).
b. Use a swivel between your main line and a leader.
c. Connect the leader to a front mounting loop of eMinnow using “clinch” or “loop” knot.
d. Cast the lure to the desired spot and retrieve the sinking eMinnow using the following techniques:
o Basic cast and wind (fast retrieve for shallow running lure);
o Allow eMinnow to sink to the mid depth before retrieving;
o Allow eMinnow to sink to the bottom range before retrieving;
e. When fishing at the deep ranges use a “pumping” technique – as the lure falls, jerk it up and let it sink back. During the descent moving tail and clicking sound of eMinnow usually generates a ferocious strike.
f. Another effective technique is “stop-and-go” which can be used at any depth range. It is similar to “pumping”, but instead of jerking the retrieve you just stop for 1-3 seconds.
g. eMinnow has a unique feature to radically change its action from slow and smooth which is good for slow or lethargic fish to fast and aggressive for actively feeding predators. To change the lure action simply remove detachable tail and action becomes much more defined and aggressive. To make lure act smoother reattach the tail to the lure tail shaft.
h. Anglers are encouraged to experiment with eMinnow to find the best techniques, combinations, patterns, depths, and spots to achieve the most successful fishing.
i. Change batteries of the lure every 1 – 2 hours in cold water or 3 – 4 hours in warm water or as required. The longevity of the batteries depends on the battery quality and water depth and temperature. (See separate battery changing instructions)
j. Maximum recommended depth is 15’ (5m).
k. Moderate amount of liquid attractant can be added to the tail of the lure for even better performance. Attractant should be thoroughly cleaned after the use to avoid tail shaft gumming up.
l. The eMinnow casting or trolling lure can be used even with spent batteries. Just use it as any other regular crank or plug lure.
m. After the fishing is done, take the lure out of the water, untie it from the leader, dry with a soft, clean cloth and store in a dry place. We recommend taking the batteries out of the lure for a long storage or between the seasons and leave the lid loose to avoid any possible moisture condensation on the internal parts.

7) Trolling with eMinnow
(summer – lipped sinking models):

eminnow-image-7-01-01-01-01a. If targeting pike or musky it is advisable to use eMinnow with at least 40” long 20-30 lbs. fluorocarbon leader. For bass, trout or walleye 10’ long 12lbs. fluorocarbon leader is suggested.
b. Use a blood knot to connect your main line and a leader.
c. Connect the leader to a front mounting loop of eMinnow using “clinch” or “loop” knot.
d. Troll the lure behind your boat through or around desired spot using the following techniques:
a. Basic trolling using variable speed and line length;
b. Zig-zag trolling using variable speed and line length;
c. “Stop-and-go” trolling when angler makes brief stops to let eMinnow work by itself and generate strikes from interested predators;
e. eMinnow has a unique feature to radically change its action from slow and smooth which is good for slow or lethargic fish to fast and aggressive for actively feeding predators. To change the lure action simply remove detachable tail and action becomes much more defined and aggressive. To make the lure act smoother reattach the tail to the lure tail shaft.
f. Anglers are encouraged to experiment with eMinnow to find the best techniques, combinations, patterns, depths, and spots to achieve the most successful fishing.
g. Change batteries of the lure every 1 – 2 hours in cold water or 3 – 4 hours in warm water or as required. The longevity of the batteries depends on the battery quality and water depth and temperature. (See separate battery changing instructions)
h. Maximum recommended depth is 15’ (5m).
i. Moderate amount of liquid attractant can be added to the tail of the lure for even better performance. Attractant should be thoroughly cleaned after the use to avoid tail shaft gumming up.
j. The eMinnow casting or trolling lure can be used even with spent batteries. Just use it as any other regular crank or plug lure.
k. After the fishing is done, take the lure out of the water, untie it from the leader, dry with a soft, clean cloth and store in a dry place. We recommend taking the batteries out of the lure for a long storage or between the seasons and leave the lid loose to avoid any possible moisture condensation on the internal parts.

8) Fishing with the eMinnow
popper lure (summer):

eminnow-image-8-01-01-01-01-01a. If targeting pike or musky it is advisable to use eMinnow with at least 40” long 20-30 lbs. fluorocarbon leader. For bass, trout or walleye 6’ long 12lbs. fluorocarbon leader is suggested.
b. Use a blood knot to connect your main line and a leader.
c. Connect the leader to a front mounting loop of eMinnow using “clinch” or “loop” knot.
d. Cast the lure to the desired spot and use the following techniques:
a. Take the line slack and let the lure work by itself for 15-30 seconds to attract predators by imitating sick or injured bait fish and start ripping the popper after initial waiting period. Pause the lure retrieve for 5-10 seconds after each ripping/popping action.
b. Vary the action and waiting periods to find out the best working sequence;
e. Anglers are encouraged to experiment with eMinnow to find the best techniques, combinations, patterns, and spots to achieve the most successful fishing.
f. Change batteries of the lure every 1 – 2 hours in cold water or 3 – 4 hours in warm water or as required. The longevity of the batteries depends on the battery quality, water depth and temperature. (See separate battery changing instructions)
g. Moderate amount of liquid attractant can be added to the tail of the lure for even better performance. Attractant should be thoroughly cleaned after the use to avoid tail shaft gumming up.
h. eMinnow popper lure can be used even with spent batteries. Just use it as any other regular top water popper lure.
i. After the fishing is done, take the lure out of the water, untie it from the leader, dry with a soft, clean cloth and store in a dry place. We recommend taking the batteries out of the lure for a long storage or between the seasons and leave the lid loose to avoid any possible moisture condensation on the internal parts.

OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS:

1. eMinnow lures will automatically start swimming when placed in water.
2. To TURN ON, simply place your lure in water.
3. To TURN OFF, take your lure of the water, eMinnow will automatically stop within a few seconds. When eMinnow has stopped moving, dry with a soft, clean cloth.
4. If your lure begins to swim slowly or does not come to life after placing in water, remove it from the water, dry it and replace the batteries.

TO REPLACE THE BATTERIES:

eminnow-image-9-01eMinnow uses 2 x 1.5V A76, AG13 or LR44 batteries. Any battery brand of this type will work, but we recommend that you use eMinnow batteries where possible. These are available on our website www.eminnow.com or from the store you bought your eMinnow lure from.
Caution: Keep replacement batteries separately from each other (preferably in their blister pack).
1. If wet, dry the lure first and then turn it upside down. Using an appropriate size coin or flat head screwdriver, unscrew the battery lid using an anti-clockwise motion.
2. Remove the old batteries and replace with the 2 x 1.5V A76, AG13 or LR44 batteries.
3. Pay attention to the “–“and “+” signs on the batteries and your lure, and ensure these are aligned when inserting the batteries.eminnow-image-10-10
4. Replace the battery lid; making sure the silicone o-ring seal is in the correct position. Screw the battery lid using a clockwise motion until tight.
5. Dispose of the spent batteries responsibly by using appropriate recycling container.

Do not throw the used batteries in the water. Please, keep our invaluable waters clean.