Your Rapala Questions Answered: Which one? OG Slim 6 or OG Tiny 4?
Hey folks at Rapala. I love the OG Slim® 6. But now there’s the OG Tiny™ 4. Which is awesome! But… I have a question for you. So when I’m out on the water, which one do I use and why? – Your biggest fan, Super Duper, St. Paul, MN
Hey Super Duper,
Thanks for your question. We understand your dilemma. Two great lures. So little time. Which one should you use and when to catch more fish? Well, we interviewed Ott Defoe, the man himself, who explains the difference between the two lures and when you should use them. Check out our new video, OG Slim 6 Vs. OG Tiny 4, on the Rapala YouTube channel.
In a nutshell, here is Ott’s advice:
Don’t Underestimate the Tiny
Many people think the bigger the lure, the bigger the fish you’ll catch. According to Ott, that’s false. The OG Tiny has produced some super tankers for him at certain times of the year when the conditions were perfect for a smaller lure.
If fish are hovering around 6 feet, use the Slim. It’s designed to dive to 6 feet. Use Tiny when fish are more shallow. It’s designed to dive to 4 feet.
For Ott, temperature is a big factor. When water temperatures are colder, in the 40s up to about 51 degrees, he uses the Tiny. That’s because bass are looking for a smaller meal to digest.
When water temperature is 52 to 53 degrees F, he has both the Tiny and the Slim on his rods, often alternating between them. He’ll go down a stretch with the Tiny and then work that same stretch with the Slim.
54 degrees or above, he tends to throw the larger Slim because as the water warms up, the metabolism of bass starts to gear up and they start looking for a bigger meal.
Ott likes to watch the size of bait in the water and match his lure size to the size of the bait that bass are feeding on.
If you notice you’re getting bumps or barely hooking bass with the Slim, downsize to the Tiny. Light biting fish indicates that they’re somewhat ready to feed. The smaller lure makes it easier for bass to suck in the lure.
When Ott is fishing and he sees a lot of other anglers on the lake, he watches closely to see what size lure they’re throwing. Many anglers like to throw big lures. So if they aren’t producing results, he likes to go in behind them and throw a lure that’s slightly smaller.
Hey Rapala fans. If you’ve got a question about Rapala lures? Let us know! Watch this space for more Rapala Questions Answered.