The Mirrolure Mirrodine

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There are many options under the Mirrodine brand.  From the “Mini” up to the XL and Heavy, you will find a use for all of them.    As a fishing guide, you have to have all the best tools available to you.    There are times when this is exactly what is needed and leads to the end success necessary for a successful guide.

My comments mixed in, much of the product detail comes directly from the Mirrolure web site

There is the straight Mirrodine.    A standard size, a solid bait.   This size is pretty much the same size as the average baitfish you will encounter.   3/8-ounce, it casts very well and is not difficult to use effectively.  Durable baits, the Mirrodine is a great choice when pinfish are destroying soft plastic lures.  Designed to look like a sardine or a threadfin herring, this is a realistic looking lure that will trick a lot of fish.

Broken Glass
Broken Glass

The Mirrodine BG, available in ten colors.  BG stands for Broken Glass.  “The ever popular MirrOdine ® 17MR has 10 NEW colors to compliment’s wide-body profile and realistic baitfish pattern. The NEW MirrOdine ® Broken Glass Series feature bright, reflective, broken glass foil inserts, “fish-calling” rattles and natural 3-D eyes to enhance their realism, plus extra-strong hooks. With a twitching retrieve, these baits dart from side-to-side, mimicking a wounded baitfish. Trout, Redfish, Snook, Striped Bass and Tarpon find the MirrOdines ® to be irresistible. “  MODEL: 17MRBG-18SBG   LENGTH: 2-5/8″, WEIGHT: 3/8 OZ

17MR-sbgLumo Series:  (Color tip: Take a look a the “001”.)   “The Luminescence Series has a bold flash combined with a natural baitfish pattern. Our new luminescence foil insert possess a reflective quality that bends the light spectrum to draw the fishes attention. All models feature sonic “fish calling” rattles, the famous 3-D firey red eyes, extra strong hooks, stainless steel hardware and a heat cured MirrOclear™ finish. Available in a suspending twitch bait (shown above), surface walkers and floating twitch baits.”

Mirrodine XL:   “MirrOdine ® XL features a wide flash and darting side-to-side action!”
The XL wide body profile and realistic baitfish pattern produces violent strikes. Features bright, reflective, luminescent inserts, “fish calling” rattles and natural 3-D eyes to enhance their realism, plus extra strong hooks. With a twitching retrieve, these baits dart from side-to-side, mimicking a wounded baitfish. Trout, Redfish, Snook, Striped Bass and Tarpon find the MirrOdines ® to be irresistible.  MODEL: 27MR-11, LENGTH: 3-1/8″, WEIGHT: 9/16 OZ

mirrolure-mirrodine-c-eye-pro-series-c17mr-13C-Eyes Pro Mirrodine:  “The MirrOlure® C-Eye™ Pro Series features natural clear 3-D eyes, contemporary fish-catching finishes and premium black nickel hooks. Add a C-Eye™ Pro Series Lure to your tackle selection and catch a fish of a lifetime. Available in top water (shown above), suspending twitch baits and sinking twitch baits.”

Heavy Dine:  “This heavier version of the MirrOdine ®, casts great, and has a sink rate that is the same as our famous 52M series. Features bright, reflective, luminescent inserts, “fish calling” rattles and natural 3-D eyes to enhance their realism, plus extra strong hooks. With a twitching retrieve, these baits dart from side-to-side, mimicking a wounded baitfish. Trout, Redfish, Snook, Striped Bass and Tarpon find the MirrOdines ® to be irresistible.”

Graduate during George Jenkins High School's graduation commencement ceremonies at The Lakeland Center Saturday. June 5, 2010. The Ledger/Michael Wilson

Mirrodine Mini,  available in 16 colors.  Not one of my usual choices here is a review by colleague Captain CA Richardson:   HERE.   My suggestion is to stay aggressive with this one.    Moved slowly the fish have a tendency to swallow this entire lure.

Features and Rigging

They come with two treble hooks which can be changed if you want.   Myself, every treble hook lure I smash the barbs down for safety more than anything else.   Without barbs it is much easier to remove the hooks from fish, particularly when more than one barb is stuck in the fish which regularly happens.   A attracting rattle and 3 Dimensional eyes, this bait looks tasty even when it isn’t moving.

Correctly Using the Mirrodine
Using a Mirrodine is not difficult.  Rigging, I prefer to use a loop knot allowing the lure to pivot slightly more which creates more flash.  Tie the loop knot small enough where the front hook can’t reach the knot.  Attach the Mirrodine to your main line with a piece of fluorocarbon leader.   20 or 25-pound is ideal.

Twitch this lure gently, with pauses that allow the lure to sink to the desired depth.    The lure will stay up in the water column if worked aggressively.  Rod tip up, you can really finesse this bait, getting strikes both when the lure is on the move and when you “hover it.”

Color choice is up to you.    Like other lures in the Mirrolure line, I would suggest the “18”.   A green and white combination, if you look at our baitfish, they have a green top and a white/silver-ish belly.   “021” is another solid choice.  “111” if you like chartreuse.   For other areas where different colors are more effective, Mirrolure’s got you covered.    Visit their SITE for all color information.

More on Mirrolures and Mirrodines, another colleague Steve Gibson of Sarasota, Florida

HERE

From the Mirrolure web site, more information on the Mirrodine:

“MirrOdine ® features a wide flash and darting side-to-side action!”

MirrOdine ® feature bright, reflective, luminescent inserts, “fish calling” rattles and natural 3-D eyes to enhance their realism, plus extra strong hooks. With a twitching retrieve, these baits dart from side-to-side, mimicking a wounded baitfish. Trout, Redfish, Snook, Striped Bass and Tarpon find the MirrOdines ® to be irresistible.   MODEL: 17MR-808, LENGTH: 2-5/8″, WEIGHT: 3/8 OZ. DEPTH: 0-24″   Available Colors: 11, 18, 21, 26, 49, 50, 808, BCH, BKGCH, BNSBO, CFPR, CH, CHBL, EB, EC, S

Replacement Hook Kits:SingleHook

Original parts to repair your favorite MirrOlure ® lures. Now available in extra strong Perma Steel #2 treble hooks that fit MirrOlure ® models, 7M, 20MR, L29MR, L52MR, 51MR, 52M, 52MR, TT and TTR.

Each kit contains all necessary hardware to renew three of your favorite MirrOlures.
FITS: 7M, 20MR, L29MR, L52MR, 51MR, 52M, 52MR, TT, TTR

MirrOlure’s Original Replacement Hook Kit contains the following:

2″ Open Stainless Steel Screw Eyes

2″ Closed Stainless Steel Screw Eyes

2″ Heavy #4 Stainless Steel Split Rings

4″ Stainless Steel Hook Hanger Metal Forms

4″ Stainless Steel Screws

9″ Extra Strong Perma Steel #2 Treble Hooks

 

L&S BAIT CO.

1415 East Bat Drive

Largo, Florida 33771

727-584-7691

 

Founder, Harold LeMaster, will always be remembered for his innovative approach to lure manufacturing. His unique use of a mirror to give his lures a flashing, lifelike appearance underwater, is appreciated by fishermen the world over. Today, the patented MirrOlure® is made with the same care and craftsmanship that Mr. LeMaster demanded.

At L&S Bait, we have always maintained the goal of providing a product that would allow our fishing partners the opportunity of setting records every time they were on the water.

Round bend premium hooks and premium hardware.
Enticing 3-D eyes trigger explosive strikes.
Built-in MirrOlure® inserts attract distant fish.
Lifelike scales and gills end short strikes.
Durable heat-cured MirrOclear™ finish.
Tank tested and hand-tuned.
Nine fish catching colors.

 

Neil Taylor is a kayak fishing guide specializing in artificial lures, owner of capmel.com, outdoor writer, speaker and radio show host.    For more on Neil visit www.strikethreekayakfishing.com

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Full time kayak fishing guide, Neil was an advocate for conservation since before the time he started guiding. Outdoor writer, speaker and radio show host, Neil connected closely with Captain Mel Berman and did many positives with Mel to promote ethical angling. After Mel passed away, Neil managed www.capmel.com and eventually became that web site’s owner.