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ICAST 2019 Coverage


Rapala Rounds Out Sizes to Attract Bigger Bites


Date: 7/10/19
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Rapala
Reviewer: Cal

Always a company at the forefront of lure design, Rapala was busy extending the versatility of some proven baits at ICAST this year. Where most companies in recent memory go with smaller versions of proven baits to appeal to a wider audience, Rapala went in the opposite direction to attract bigger bites.



Glow Yellow Perch Pattern


Slap Rap No. 6: The Slab Rap is built for a yo-yo like retrieve with a quick snap of your rod tip for the lift then letting it drop. On that drop, the bait exhibits an erratic fall but always circles back to the center. Formerly only available in a one and a half inch (1 1/2") No. 4 and two inch (2") No. 5 size armed with No. 12 VMC Black Nickel round bend hooks, the new No 6. size will measure two and a half inches (2 1/2") in size, weigh three eighths of an ounce (3/8ths oz) and come with No. 8 VMC Black Nickel round bend hooks.


Redfire Craw Pattern



Live Bluegill Pattern


Shad Dancer No. 7: Rapala's Shad Dancer is an aggressive, mid depth, quick diving, hard thumping crank with a sweeping tail action. It's a balsa wood bait that can be trolled or cast. Originally only available in a No. 5 and No 4 size, the new No. 7 is three quarters of an inch (3/4") longer than the No. 5 and dives four to five feet (4-5') deeper. Rated at nine to fourteen feet (9-14') of diving depth, this two and three quarter inch (2 3/4") bait weighs nine sixteenths of an ounce (9/16ths oz) and comes with VMC treble hooks.


Perch Pattern

With so many lures on the market and only a set amount of time to sample them all, it's difficult to keep track of which company offers what, but I always have an eye focused on Rapala because they're one of the few still making lures out of balsa wood. Finally at a size and weight I can manage, I may have to try this new size in the Slap Dancer come 2020.









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