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Description: realistic swimbaits.
Specifications: built-in rattle, hard body; scale pattern; hard plastic ‘boot’ tail; two-part plastic lip; VMC Black Nickel Fine Wire hooks; 9 cm lure has been fitted with size 6 and 7 treble hooks, weighs 7 g and has a swimming depth of 0.9 -1.2 m. The 12 cm lure has three size 5 trebles, weighs 14 g and has a swimming depth of 1.3-1.6 m.
My verdict: this is another quality swimbait from Rapala, aimed at attracting perch, zander or pike, being available in 9 and 12 cm ‘baitfish’ sizes.
The scale pattern on the sides provide plenty of ‘flash’, the body profile matches a baitfish and the built-in rattle will alert any predators that are lying in ambush.
The biggest feature is its hard plastic ‘boot’ tail, which allows you to stop the lure in its tracks, close to features.
Cast them, twitch them, jerk them and pause them, and they’ll roll, ‘flash’ and then stop immediately, which is when a following predator is likely to strike.
You can ‘rip it’ back to the bank, to attract attention, but make sure that you pause it, too, to induce an attack.
Try to match the finish of the lure to the baitfish in your water. My advice is to use a 9 cm lure for waters that contain small baitfish and predators, but switch to a 12 cm version for waters that are stocked with larger baitfish and predators.
I’ve been really impressed with all of the Rapala lures that I’ve seen this autumn.
Their quality is second to none.
Prices: £11.25 -£12.25.
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