The Rapala X-Rap Peto 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: a pike lure with a hard body and a soft tail.

Specifications: an ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) body; PVC (polyvinyl chloride) tail; stainless plate locking system; slow-sinking; 20 cm long; 83 g; two 2/0 VMC Coastal Black treble hooks; 0.5-1 m swimming depth; spare tail included.

My verdict: designed to imitate a baitfish, I’ve watched these lures being retrieved, and I  was impressed with their action.

When retrieved slowly, the body rolls gently in a horizontal plain, while the soft paddle tail ‘kicks’ behind, which is great when you want to search out fish in cold water. Speeding up the retrieve can often trigger a predator to strike, too.

The tail is simple to replace: remove the rear treble hook and split ring, slide the tail off, slide a new one on and replace the hook. Job done!

I like the choice of finishes, as they come in plenty of colours and patterns that imitate fish in UK waters.

The lures are built to handle big fish, including sizeable pike, but I’m sure that they will be ‘nailed’ by jack pike, too.

These lures look like a winner, especially when worked in spawning grounds towards the end of the pike season, a time when the bigger females group together.

Price: £16.95.

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