The Rapala Jointed 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: jointed lures for attracting predators.

Specifications: floating, balsa wood construction; classic fish profile; jointed design and action; VMC Black Nickel hooks; hand-tuned and tank-tested. 7 cm (4 g) has a swimming depth of 1.2- 1.8 m (4-6 ft); 9 cm (7 g) 1.5-2.1 m (5-7 ft); 11 cm (9 g) 1.2-2.4 m (4-8 ft); 13 cm (18 g) 1.2-4.2 m (4-14 ft).

My verdict: you might already have one of these a jointed classics in your box, especially if you do a bit of bass fishing. What’s so good about them? Well, when retrieved with the rod tip pointed downwards, they will dive deep and perform a strong, snake-like action.

With the rod tip upwards, they will wiggle across the surface, thanks to their floating, balsa bodies. You will also be able to see the strong wake that the ‘broken back’ creates, attracting predators in the area.

Cast or trolled, it is best to attach them to a strong trace clip, that gives them  the freedom to move through the water.

Prices: £8.95-12.25.

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