The Rapala X-Rap Haku 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: jerkbaits with partially detaching hooks.
Specifications: 14 cm hardbait; 74 g; 3R Titanium Release Rig system allows the hooks to partially detach from the lure, so that they stay in the mouth of a fish while you play it to the bank; two 3/0 VMC Coastal Black treble hooks; variable running depth; side-to-side action.
My verdict: quick-release rigs make perfect sense when lure or bait fishing for pike. There’s nothing worse than a big pike using the weight of a lure or bait to shake the hook free.
When a pike takes the lure, the trace partially separates itself from the body, removing the chance of a predator leveraging the hooks free when it shakes its head.
The trace is then simply clicked back into position, ready for the next cast.
The rear treble clip is red, adding an extra strike point for a predator to target.
The lures come in a range of natural and highly visible colours, each with a lifelike fish pattern on the body.
They look like easy lures to work, whether you opt for a long cast and a steady retrieve, a stop-start retrieve, using the rod tip to impart a side-to-side action, or a fast retrieve when pike are active.
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