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Year of the Crank Bait Review: Rapala's Clackin' Rap

Date: 10/20/09
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: Rapala
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.92 - GOOD

Introduction: Earlier this year we shared with you a getting reacquainted with Rapala article in our review of their DT-Flat9 wood crankbait, but actually the Rapala product we were most excited to try this year was their new take on a lipless crank. The Rapala Clackin’ Rap is a rather unique lipless crank that, instead using a series of brass rattles, has one very large knocker in the middle of the bait that creates a very distinct sound. Measuring a very common three and one eighth inch length, this bait weighs a hefty seven eighths of an ounce! But does this heavy set clacking bait have what it takes to catch fish? Let’s find out.


Introducing the Rapala Clackin' Rap

Rapala Clackin' Rap Specifications

Type Lipless Crankbait
Depth Any
Class Fast Sink
Size (weight) 3 1/8" (7/8 oz)
Colors / Patterns 17
Hook Sizes 4 & 3
MSRP $8.99

Introduced in 2008, we've finally caught up to this interesting little bait


Impressions: As mentioned above, the Rapala Clackin’ Rap appears just like any other lipless crank by size, but from first glance at this bait, it’s obvious something else is going on. The single, large knocker that gives this bait its unique sound and hefty weight is located right in the center of the bait and is quite visible right out of the package. Rapala does little to conceal this feature making sure if you take notice right from the get go.

Rigged and ready to go...

Field Tests: We fished this bait on a variety of sticks this past year all from our Crankbait Rod Wars but really got our on the water introduction at El Novillo Lake in Mexico. The Clackin’ Rap was amongst the armload of baits Jonah Li, owner of Hi’s Tackle Box, came prepared with courtesy of Rapala.

The Clackin' Rap weighs in at seven eighths of an ounce and is an easy bait to sling

Casting: As one might expect, weighing in at seven eights of an ounce and featuring a solid, compact, one-piece design, the Clackin’ Rap is an easy bait to throw not only for accuracy, but especially for distance. This bait just flies through the air. Use it in conjunction with a Shimano DC reel and look out!

The bass at El Novillo Lake in Mexico certainly enjoyed this bait

But even without a DC reel, paired with the Damiki Dark Angel C761M-CR and an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel, this bait was great fun to just sling out to distant targets at El Novillo Lake and boy did those fish respond!

The Clackin' Rap feels like a standard crank coming through the water thanks no doubt to the wide platform on top of its head

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