The Little Creeper Trash Fish was hand sculpted using the body style of a Hitch as the model. However this body style is almost indentical to every trash fish in North America. This body style is shared by juvenile: Hitch, Shiners, Suckers, Squawfish, Alewives, Perch, Carp, Smelt, and probably many others I don't know of. The Fatty version is a similar bait, but just has a fatter body to it.
The Trash Fish was made to be more than just another pretty minnow. The action is the most important thing to us at Little Creeper, and I think you will agree with those who have had a chance to throw it, that the action is the best part about the bait. The Trash Fish is made with two different densities of plastic. This gives the bait a unique action and also makes it tougher and more durable than most swimbaits. The hook pocket in the top of the bait holds the hook at the bend, not the point, leaving the hook-point loose and exposed in the pocket for superior hook-sets. The Trash Fish has many actions, and can be fished super slow on the bottom or waked across the surface equally as well. We have found that if jerked correctly the bait will turn to the side or can be made to turn all the way around. If given line after jerking, the bait will slowly swim off in the direction it turned. We have been flipping the bait in heavy cover like a jig. When flipped the bait swims horizontally through the cover, and can be redirected with a small twitch of the rod allowing the bait to swim around in the tree or other cover. So far we have done quite well flipping the Trash Fish as well as using it as a jerk bait.
The action can be easily tuned to swim left or right by simply hooking the point lightly in one side of the hook pocket. This causes the bait to swim the opposite direction, or it will dart off in that direction when jerked. This is perfect for fishing docks, or any cover you wish to actually have the bait swim into. Removing the top portion of the tail also causes the tail to thump a bit more with a little wider action. If you remove the front fins the bait will sink more quickly allowing the tail to kick more when falling. We look forward to hearing what you are able to get the Trash Fish to do, and will post more tips when we discover them.
We have found the 6" Trash Fish to work best on a Screw lock weighted swimbait hook in 6/0 to 8/0 sizes depending on the hook style. A 7/0 weighted Gamakatsu EWG Monster hook works well too.
The 4" baby works best on a 3/0 - 4/0 screw lock, or EWG style weighted swimbait hook.
Give them a try and I think you will be very happy with the results.