|I had the privilege of testing these new lures yesterday, I must say that I am very excited with this new development from Rapala as I believe this will fill a much needed gap of a shallow running lure for trolling.
On the box it states a 2.5m running depth and it says that it can be trolled up to 20 knots.
20 knots, really, is this possible. There was no ways I was going to test this lure without checking if it could run true at 20 knots (37km/hr) as stated. So I put 2 out and ran just past 20 knots at 40km/hr, the boat was on the plane and sure enough the lure was running true and did not jump, they did not even indicate that they were about to jump, they just ran so well.
So not only a shallow runner, but also a high speed lure which can be run easily with bullets and used when running out to your grounds for faster fish.
When running at 8 knots I reeled in one of these lures and it was easy with no pressure on the tackle, this got me thinking that just maybe I could run this lure from the out-riggers and so we dropped the riggers and clipped the line on with a rubber band. At 6 knots no problem, I pushed to 8 knots and no problem, 10 knots, then 12 knots and no stress on the rubber band, so I pushed past 20 knots on the plane and still no problem, the lure ran true and the rubber band held it there. This is going to open up a whole new way to set up a spread when I can now run Rapalas in the clean water from my riggers. I will be playing with this over the next few months.
I noticed that the side body is flat and that there are 2 side keels on the lure which are probably big factors in why it can run so fast. The wire inside runs through the entire lure.
The lure is fitted with 2 x VMC 3X strong Perma Steel hooks on heavy duty split rings.
I am already imagining all the species we can catch with these and they will be a part of my regular arsenal over this next season.
I am told they will be available in the shops late September early October
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