Jackall Squad Minnow

Jackall Squad Minnow

Jackall Squad Minnow

by March 7, 2016

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I remember when Cliff Pace won the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake and this jerkbait was one of the baits he used to catch his winning bag. Ever since then the Jackall Squad Minnow has been in demand by anglers across North America. Our team wanted to do a review on the Squad Minnow because spring is around the corner and so is jerkbait season, so lets get to it!

Jackall Squad Minnow - lineup

Features
Jackall Squad Minnow - close up bill

Here’s a close look at the Jackall Squad Minnow’s bill. I really like the oval line tie. It makes tying on so much easier.

Right out of the packaging the Squad Minnow gives the impression of high quality and great engineering. The body feels solid and the hooks are sticky sharp.

I especially liked the oval line tie. That is a detail that lets you know this jerkbait was thought out from an engineering standpoint. Oval line ties are something that I like because round line ties tend to spin when I’m trying to tie a bait on.

  • Suspending
  • 3-ft dive depth
  • Oval line tie
  • 15 available colors
  • Dart and stop & go action
  • comes in four sizes: 80mm, 95mm, 110mm and 128mm
  • weight transfer system
  • $14.99 to $15.99 USD depending on size chosenJackall Squad Minnow - Weight distribution system
Pros

The Jackall Squad Minnow looks amazing. I would say that the paint finishes and overall manufacturing quality is up there with other premium hardbaits such as Yo-Zuri and Luckycraft.

Jackall Squad Minnow - Side View

The Squad Minnow is a good jerkbait right out of the package. Here is a good look at the 95SP. This is a great size for spring, or when fish are targeting smaller baitfish.

When we were on the water the Squad Minnow’s weight transfer system really helped the bait during casting, so that is definitely a pro for this bait. It was also consistent right out of the packaging with no need for fine tuning. More about this in the “On The Water” section of this review.

Cons
Jackall Squad Minnow - bill close up

Here you can see the mold lines on the bill of the Jackall Squad Minnow…It’s funny because some have them, some others don’t.

The fit and finish on the Jackall Squad Minnow is quite good but mold lines are still visible. It’s evident that during the production process, there is an effort made to clean the mold lines up. They are still visible on the underside of the Squad minnow and the bill. I don’t think this affects the bait’s function, it is a visual flaw in my opinion.

The price of the Squad Minnow could be considered a con. At $15.99 USD this jerkbait is in the upper range for hardbaits. Let’s face it, if a northern pike stole one of these it would put me in a bad funk, so that will always be a concern when one of these is in the water. Anglers need to evaluate if the features the Squad Minnow offers are worth the money. There are other manufacturers such as IMA that make great jerkbaits at a lower pricepoint.

Color selection is decent, but leaves some room for improvement. The Squad Minnow has many colors that will meet most conditions an angler will run into, but lacks some key colors clear water anglers will be looking for. Jackall offers some holographic finishes as well (2 to be exact, HL Clown and HL Aurora Black), but not nearly as many holographic options as other manufacturers do.

I feel like Jackall is missing key color patterns for the US market such as perch, bluegill and perhaps baby bass. I don’t think JDM colors such as ayu and pearl ayu are really of interest to north american anglers, although I’m sure they have been used successfully to catch fish.

On The Water

Our team tested the Squad Minnow using spinning gear. We threw it with a 7-ft MH/F rod and braided line. The feature that was most impressive about the Squad Minnow was the casting distance we were able to achieve. We were able to throw the 95SP model extremely far. This is probably due to the weight transfer system that the Squad Minnow has. It really turned the lure into a missile!

Fishing the Squad Minnow was relatively easy and we found that proper cadence was key, which is typical for all jerkbaits. The Squad Minnow has an erratic darting action that darts fairly far from side to side. You have to give the bait slack so it can reach its maximum travel distance when it is darting. One of the things we noticed is that there is a tendency to jerk the Squad Minnow too fast, preventing the bait from doing its job. With the Squad Minnow you have to give it just a little extra time to glide further.

As far as suspending goes, the Squad Minnow suspended slightly nose down and has a decent hang time. It will slowly rise to the surface if left long enough. We think that this is because we tested it with braided line. If you are using fluorocarbon, the Squad Minnow will probably suspend indefinitely, slightly nose down.

Tight Lines!

Review Summary

Details about this item
Price
2.8out of 5
Finish Quality
3.8out of 5
Manufacturing Quality
4.2out of 5
Color Selection
2.5out of 5
Fishability
4out of 5
Design/ Innovation
3.5out of 5
Overall

The Squad Minnow is a competent jerkbait. At $14.99 it is priced as a premium bait and has the consistency to deliver what anglers expect. There are other baits priced lower which are just as good as it with more diverse color offerings. Manufacturing seems good, but there is slight room for improvement.

3.47

Average
3.47 out of 5

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