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Description: range of jerkbaits of different designs, all intended to imitate fish in trouble.

Specifications: the Shadow Rap 11, Shadow Rap 07 and Shadow Rap Deep ranges are all casting lures that share a tight-turning jerkbait action, with a flickering, head-down, slow-sink when you pause the retrieve. Features include internal metallic plating and a natural scale pattern, translucent sides with holographic inserts and bone pattern, and tungsten and steel weights inside to provide perfect balance. The Shadow Rap Jack Deep range of lures can be cast or trolled. These lures dive fast, boast sharp left-to-right turns and then slowly rise on the pause. There’s also the Shadow Rap Shad and Shadow Rap Shad Deep lure ranges, the latter simply for fishing at a deeper depth than the other. They both come with ‘textured scale’ bodies in a range of translucent and frosted colours. On the retrieve, they make sharp left-to-right turns, with a slow rise on the pause.

Shadow Rap 11: swimming depth 0.6-1.2 m, size 11 cm, weight 13 g, three size 6 VMC Black Nickel trebles.

Shadow Rap 07: swimming depth 0.7 m, size 7 cm, weight 5 g, two size 8 VMC Black Nickel trebles.

Shadow Rap Deep: swimming depth 1.2-2.4 m, size 11 cm, weight 13 g, threesize 6 VMC Black Nickel trebles.

Shadow Rap Jack Deep: swimming depth 3 m, size 5 cm, weight 6 g, two size 10 VMC Black Nickel trebles.

Shadow Rap Shad: swimming depth 0.9-1.2 m, size 9 cm, weight 12 g, two size 6 VMC Thin Wire Black Nickel Round Band trebles.

Shadow Rap Shad Deep: swimming depth 1.5-1.8 m, size 9 cm, weight 12 g, two size 6 VMC Thin Wire Black Nickel Round Band trebles.

My verdict: Rapala has packed a lot of ‘action’ into this six-strong lure range, including some quite violent, tight-turning, dying-fish displays, right down to the head-down, slow-sink on the pause, seen on the Shadow Rap 11 and 07s and Shadow Rap Deep lures.

Watching some of these lures coming through the water, you can impart a lot of movement into them, if you want, with just a flick of the rod tip. But the key is also making sure that you pause regularly on the retrieve, to get the best out of them, ensuring that you’ve added enough ‘slack’ in the line to keep them working.

In the case of the two Shad ranges, you can flick your wrist to get them working, and then pause regularly to trigger a slow rise.

The pausing and the slow rise or slow fall, depending on the pattern, is when a predator will often attack – so be on your guard.

The finishes are top-notch, and the hooks sticky sharp.

Prices: £10.45-£11.95 each.

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