The Rapala Super Shadow Rap 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: hard lures that have been designed to imitate dying fish.

Specifications: 16 cm long; 77 g; plastic body; armed with a pair of size 3/0 VMC Coastal Black treble hooks; realistic finish.

My verdict: these exciting lures look like they will attract pike, of all sizes.

They can be worked like a crankbait or jerkbait to imitate an injured or dying fish, tricking predators into thinking that they are an easy meal.

You can also pause your retrieve and make them ‘dance’ over an area where you think a pike might be lying up, ready to ambush passing prey.

They’re designed to be worked in the 3-5 ft water band, so they will suit a lot of UK waters.

As well as their flinching action, to imitate a dying fish, they come with a great range of quality finishes, some have been made to look as if they are missing scales, suggesting that they have been attacked by a predator.

They might be nudging £16, but I fancy them to attract plenty of ‘strikes’, and they look like a fun lure to ‘work’ too.

Price: £15.95.

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