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Event Article: 2006 ICAST Lure Coverage

ICAST Coverage Day 3 (Lures) - Who's the Mac Daddy of fishing lures? (continued)

Rapala: Lure 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

X-Rap new Slashbaits: 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 profile


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


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