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Lure Review

It's What's on the Inside That Counts: The BX Swimmer From Rapala (continued)

I really like how there is such little water resistance during retrieval. This is a bait you can fish with just about any gear ratio you please, as it's very easy to reel in at any speed. Speaking of retrieval speed, the most pronounced action occurs at a medium to fast pace. Reeling in slowly will produce a lazy swimming action, but if you really want the BX Swimmer to move at its full potential you'll need to turn the handle a hair quicker. My preference was a modest retrieve with an occasional twitch and speed change. If a fast pace is truly your thing, you'll be happy to hear that the bait tracks great even when reeling at a blazing clip. Out of curiosity I also tried a jerkbait-style retrieve, but I wasn't too keen on the awkward action and how often the hooks fouled on the line.

Just in case you forget what bait you're fishing....

Durability: While the Rapala BX Swimmer held up structurally during the fishing I subjected it to, I wouldn't call the outer copolymer shell extremely durable. It's quite easy to scratch with just light pressure from a hook or rough object. The shell also exhibits a hint of flex when pressed on—especially in the portion between the eyes and the body joints—though this doesn't seem to matter much as far as durability goes.

The dual hinges allow for quite a bit of movement in the tail section.

Price & Applications: I have always considered the price of Rapala lures to be very fair, and the BX Swimmer is not much different. For a price of $11.59 on TackleWarehouse.com, you get a bait with some attractive looks and features that catches fish. I think a cost of about $10.00 would be optimal, but at the current pricing it's not too far off.

The large eyes at the head draw in predators to attack.

While the BX Swimmer will most likely see most of its action targeting freshwater bass, its size and hardware is appropriate for saltwater fishing as well. Snook, tarpon, cobia, barracuda, pike, and big brown trout are all species that would hammer this bait. It's also a fine choice for trolling as well. Just keep in mind that those critters with sharp teeth or extremely rough mouths will likely scar the finish quite noticeably.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Rapala BX Swimmer Ratings  (?/10)

Construction/Quality These are nicely appointed baits that are free of any defects. 8
Performance Slowly retrieving the BX Swimmer gives it a lazy swimming action, while a moderate to quick pace unleashes its full action. It doesn't suspend, and it doesn't work well fished like a jerkbait. 7
Price The price is decent, but around $10 would be about perfect. 7
Features I really like the slightly beefier hardware and the stock hooks are nice. 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) The bait is a realistic shape and looks great, however the finish scratches quite easily. 7
Application This is an offering that will work well in many fresh and saltwater situations when you want to probe shallower waters. 7

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Great looking - Finish scratches easily
+ Decent pricing - Wish it came in a suspending or waking version
+ Nice stock hooks  
+ Rests enticingly on the bottom  
+ Very little water resistance upon retrieval  


A nice Florida bass fell victim to the BX Swimmer on a beautiful day in Florida

Conclusion: We've seen some neat innovations coming from Rapala recently. With baits like the Scatter Rap and now the BX Swimmer, it's obvious they are not afraid to try new things in hopes of increasing your odds for a successful day on the water. While the BX Swimmer may lack a few characteristics I'd personally desire in this type of bait, it will still produce some nice results on many bodies of water. If you require a jointed plug for your casting or trolling adventures, this Rapala just might be the answer!

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