The Rapala BX Minnow Lures come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

Description: a crankbait.

Specifications: 7 cm (7 g) and 10 cm (12 g) sizes; swimming depths of 0.6-1.2 m and 0.9 m-1.5 m; floating balsa body; strong copolymer outer; internal X-Foil; moulded head, lifelike finish, including gills and scales; flat-sided; VMC Black Nickel Round Bend hooks; holographic eyes; hand-tuned and tank-tested.

My verdict: I can confirm that all of the finishes in this lure range look lifelike, right down to their body shapes, scale patterns, internal X-Foils, gills, heads and eyes. The perfect size for perch and pike, they’re designed to withstand plenty of attacks, thanks to their durable, copolymer shell.

My top tip No.1: retrieved slowly, these crankbaits will come to life, rolling, wobbling and flashing in the water.

My top tip No.2: work them faster and they’ll dive deeper, then try a pause-twitch-twitch-pause-twitch retrieve. The twitches that you impart will grab a predator’s attention, I’m sure of that, as the lure will resemble a wounded fish, and they’re unlikely to resist it when you pause it.

My top tip No.3: work them near a ‘strike zone’ delicately, as it will often initiate an attack.

My top tip No.4: cranking them quickly will impart sideways movement, more flash and more commotion.

My top tip No.5: you can work these floating lures around structure without fear of losing them, as they are unlikely to become snagged.

Prices: £10.45-£11.25.

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