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Ice Fishing
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With its horizontal orientation, finely-balanced lead head, and plastic body molded over a gold hook, Custom Jigs & Spins®’ classic Ratfinkee is one of the most effective jigs ever created!

Ice Fishing

Fished shallow or deep, the Ratfinkee is hard to beat!  The size 12 is probably the most effective lure for big ’gills in shallow water.  The size 10 Ratfinkee is by far the most popular of all the Ratfinkee sizes and can be fished as deep as 20 feet with 2 lb. test line.  The Ratfinkee works well with either a waxworm or spikes and shows up nicely on a locator because of its heavy, dense head.  The size 8 Ratfinkee is a good choice for crappies since the hook will accept a small minnow.  The size 6 Ratfinkee is perfect for larger fish or active perch and panfish.  It will easily fish to 30 feet as will the size 4, which is a top choice for walleyes and bigger predators.  It also works well on a deadstick, under a tip-up or rattle reel since it can be used to present the bait in a horizontal profile.

Open Water

Ratfinkees are very effective lures for open water fishing, whether for shallow water bluegills, stream trout or walleyes.  Since fish are more aggressive in open water, a size 8 Ratfinkee should be used on fish that would go for a size 12 through the ice.  Crappies respond well to size 6 Ratfinkees dressed with minnows, suspended below slip floats.  In fact, they will perfectly balance many floats because of their 1/32-ounce weight. 

Size 4 Ratfinkees have been used effectively for walleyes all the way from the Mississippi River to Canada.  The secret is their light weight but large hook.  They work under slip floats or with a split shot 18-24 inches up the line.  Effective bait choices are ’crawlers, leeches and various minnows. Trout can be taken with all sizes of Ratfinkees on a fly rod or spinning tackle.  Magazine editors from In-Fisherman, Fishing Facts and MidWest Outdoors recommend a size 4 Ratfinkee for steelhead with salmon eggs, spawn sacs or a piece of yarn tied to the hook.  The bright colors and perfect balance makes the Ratfinkee 4 tops for drifting or float fishing.

NOTE: This lure contains Lead , which some states have banned, if you live in one of those states you might want to check out our large selection of Tungsten jigs.





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  • Ratfinkee

    Posted by Mick Harmon on Oct 17th 2019

    THE go to jig for Down East Maine saltwater smelt. The glow patters slay 'em. Size 10 or 8 tipped with sand worm does the trick!

  • My go to jigs

    Posted by Phil Sutton on Jul 16th 2019

    I have been using the Ratfinkees for 30 years for trout fishing and they consistently produce in all kinds of conditions. Great, consistent product...

  • Great for open water crappie

    Posted by Mike Tavolacci on Jun 21st 2019

    Great color selection for any fish. Great jig on open water.

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