Rapala® Baits Helped Top Bass Pros Bag Big Fish And Big Prizes
"What a week; it doesn't seem real," Walters said. "Everyone wants to catch 100 pounds, and it feels good to do it."
Walters caught most of his big bass by pulling jerkbaits over fish suspending among the branches of submerged trees. Key among a trio of jerkbaits he rotated through to get bites was a Rapala Shadow Rap Deep. Varying his selection and trying different colors was essential to bite generation, Bassmaster.com reported.
And while most look-alike jerkbaits follow a forward trajectory with each twitch of the rod tip, the Shadow Rap's action stands out. Not only does it dart side to side, it'll spin around almost 180 degrees with the right action applied. As a result, it can trigger bites in three phases of your retrieve – initial kick, snap back to action, and on the pause, while slowly sinking, nose down. Walters used Sufix® Advance Fluorocarbon in 12 and 14 pound test, opting for 14# when he was fishing thicker cover and 12# when the cover was a bit more sparse. "I can't believe how dang strong that line is, I'm telling you I see-sawed multiple fish in and around these trees and branches and NEVER broke off!"
"I was fishing what I call that ‘in-between zone' of 10 to 12 feet of water," Palaniuk explained. "I was just fishing these clean spots."
"DT" stands for "Dives To." DT-series crankbaits dive fast to pre-set depths and stay in the strike zone longer than any other lookalike crankbait. A DT-14, for example, dives to and swims at 14 feet. Built of balsa wood, Rapala's signature material, DT's combine carefully placed internal weights, a tapered fuselage and a thin tail to create a unique crankbait action. Whether you prefer raking shallow shorelines or scouring off-shore spots, off-color water is often key to cranking success. In stained to muddy water, red, orange and chartreuse DT cranks generally out-produce brownish and greenish patterns.
OG Slim 6's come armed with two No.3 VMC black-nickel, 1X-strong, short-shank Hybrid Treble Hooks. OG Slim 6's measure 2 ¾ inches and weigh ½ ounces. They're available in 14 color patterns: Big Shad, Chartreuse Rootbeer Crawdad, Citrus Shad, Crawdad, Dark Brown Crawdad, Green Gizzard Shad, Helsinki Shad, Mossy Chartreuse Crawdad, Perch, Red Crawdad, Live River Shad, Rootbeer Crawdad and Silver Shad.
Huff's primary pattern on Table Rock was dropping a chrome-blue No. 9 Rapala Jigging Rap to fish he could see on his electronics.
Long predominant as ice-fishing lures, Jigging Raps were proven equally productive as open-water baits in the last few years after several Rapala pros won or placed high with them in tournaments. After that, this once-secret tactic went public. Featuring a balanced, weighted minnow profile, Jigging Raps swim in tantalizing circles on the fall. With single reversed hooks on the nose and posterior, and a center treble hook hung from a belly eyelet, they don't allow for missed bites — regardless of how a fish attacks, it's running smack dab into a hook.