2006 ICAST Lure Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 3 (Lures) - Who's the Mac Daddy of fishing lures?
giant, Rapala, introduced a new lure called the Minnow Rap at the show. This
lure is a hybrid slender minnow and Shad Rap design and will exhibit a tight
wobbling action with a elongated profile. The company decided to craft this lure
out of wood versus plastic to achieve the right action.
Kelly Hedtke Marketing Manager at
Rapala shows Zander and Cal the new balsa based Minnow Rap
The Minnow Rap
will get down to 7+ feet, very similar to the existing Shad Rap. Interestingly
some patterns come right of the box tuned like a tournament lure. For example
some patterns will come with bleeding hooks and a bill painted red.
The Minnow Rap features styles
similar to the original Shad Raps
These subtle modifications can make a real
difference, especially in a tournament situation where countless anglers are
throwing the same proven baits.
Some Minnow Raps come tuned with
bleeding hooks and a red translucent bill
Following up the success of the original X-Rap lures Rapala adds new deep
diving slashbaits to the lineup. These are excellent for getting right on top of
beds and is capable of getting down to 7-9 feet in depth.
New deep diving X-Raps make it
easier to target fish right on top of beds
Also added are the new larger profiled Xtreme
Action Slashbait X-Rap 12 which is capable at targeting shallow depths with a
longer 4 3/4 long profile. These baits also are able to be cast greater
distances due to aggressive weighting.
The X-Rap 12 features a larger
Many of you know that Luhr Jenson was recently
acquired by Rapala, and fearing changes to the proven design many anglers went
out and loaded up on classic patterns and sizes. Luhr Jenson devoted you can
breathe a sigh of relief, we have been told by Rapala that the decision to
acquire Luhr Jenson was simply to broaden their portfolio of offerings and the
classic designs that you all love will continue to be produced unchanged. We
think this is a great strategy on the part of Rapala and look forward to new LJ
offerings as long as the beloved ones continue to remain available.
Kelly showcases the new Minnow
Rap, sure to be a popular lure for those looking for something in between a Shad
Rap and an X-Rap design
Section: Sebile "Posessed" Lures