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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:06 AM 05/21/10 (CST)
Like everyone else, I suppose, I grabbed a couple of the new Rapala Flat Raps before fishing season. Both were in yellow perch coloration, and I got an 08 and a 10 sized one.

This week, I put the 08 to the test at Bald Eagle lake. Very nice action, and it seems to run well just above the weeds, at about 2' down or less, depending on retrieve speed.

I even trolled it a while, over those same weeds, trying to stir up whatever was in there.

The action is dramatic, with lots of flash, even at very slow retrieve speeds. When you rest the lure, it slowly rises to the surface, then pops back down with a rod twitch or when you start retrieving again. It does a good job of imitating a tired or wounded small perch...a favorite prey of largemouths, northerns, and walleyes.

The lure generated lots of strikes, but has a problem in common with many other lures of this type. The 08 size uses small trebles. They're sharp, but too small, I think. I got hit by several largemouths, but all but two managed to throw the lure with headshakes. Larger trebles should fix this problem, but may have a bad effect on the lure's action. I'll change out the hooks and see what that does, but the current hooks are definitely too small for largemouths and northerns.

At almost $8 per unit, this is an expensive little crankbait, but looks like it will be very productive...if it can be successfully modified to produce better hooksets.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:50 AM 05/21/10 (CST)
I thought that was a Walleye lure? Good review though. Thanks. I like reviews. Like in a Baits & Lures Review section, on it's own, on this web site! ( WebDude wink smiley )





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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:11 PM 05/21/10 (CST)
Another possible suggestion, especially if you intend to do any CPR fishing, is to replace the trebles with larger single hooks. Again, as you would if you change to larger trebles, make sure the hooks don't affect the lure's action. However, there are a lot of anglers who believe that, for catch & release fishing, a single hook is the better way to go so you don't get trebles in the gills, easier and quicker to remove, etc. Just a thought.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:27 PM 05/21/10 (CST)
Well, it may have been designed as a walleye lure, but it's apparent that bass like it pretty well, so it's likely to get used for that, too. I also expect that northerns are going to take to it, too, and will probably chew up a bunch of balsa while doing it.

First thing I'm going to try is to go two sizes up on the trebles, using the lightest, finest wire trebles I can find. I've not had good experiences with single hooks on crankbaits like this one that have dangling trebles. I may even try one of the trebles with the larger hook as one of the three, as used on the Clacking Rap.

I have no doubt that it will alter the action of the lure. How much will be seen when I test it. The lure has a radical action anyhow, with a violent oscillation along the length of the lure. Very flashy. I think it can probably stand the larger hooks, but we'll see.

I need to make a trip to Fleet Farm, I guess and make my wallet thinner. I'll get it done before the bass season is open, then see what happens.




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:47 PM 05/21/10 (CST)
The VMC Sure Set hooks? They're good. They put them on the Storm "Big Bass" cranks. I haven't used them a lot (yet), but I've always hooked 'em in the lip with that one big hook.




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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:05 AM 05/22/10 (CST)
Yeah, those are the hooks I'm thinking of, if they make them small enough to use on this size 08 Rapala. I'm going to have to make a trip to the store to see what I can find.

The one thing I know is that the fish are hitting the heck out of this lure. All I need now is a decent hook set, without destroying the action of the lure.

It may be that the larger size of Flat Rap won't have this problem, but I didn't try that one.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:03 PM 05/22/10 (CST)
Well, I found some of those SureSet hooks, in size 8. The small hooks are the same size as the hooks currently on the Flat Rap. The wire's a little thinner than the originals, so the weight's not going to be more. I doubt there will be much change in the action.



Trouble is, it's raining here, so I can't go try them at Beaver lake to see how the action is. If it stops, I'll head down there...it's just a couple of blocks away from my house.

There are some northerns in Beaver, too, so maybe I'll do more than look at the action. smile smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:26 PM 05/22/10 (CST)
OK, it cleared up a little, so I drove over to Beaver lake and made a few casts. The new hooks don't alter the action of the lure to any significant degree, so it should still do the job. It was too windy, though, to fish much, so I didn't connect with anything.




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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 08:35 AM 05/24/10 (CST)
Did you replace the tail and belly hooks with the Sure Sets? I've seen it done on other cranks before. One big hook out back at the tail and one big hook down, away from the belly. It looks pretty deadly. Possibly snag prone, but still deadly.




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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 10:44 AM 05/24/10 (CST)
Yes. I replaced both hooks. Big hook up on the rear and down on the front, as recommended by the hook maker.

I did take it over to Beaver lake and cast it around a few times. It does pick up weeds, of course, but it would have with the smaller hooks, too.

I noticed, though, that if I treated it like a jerkbait, I could keep it within 6" of the top of the water, which let me bring it through some almost emergent weeds.

Retrieved very slowly, it also stays pretty high in the water, with a slow, side to side rolling action that flashes very nicely. Retrieved quickly, the action is almost violent and very dramatic. Retrieved like a slashbait, it darts from side to side very well, too.

I didn't get any follows, but I also didn't see a lot of signs of life at Beaver Lake. I'll be testing this further at Bald Eagle next week when I go out, fishing it over weeds that have their tops about 2' down from the surface. I'll work it in several ways and see what it stirs up. It was pretty good at enticing largemouths to strike the last time.

Looking online, I see that a lot of people are trying the silver version in the briny water and it seems to be working there, too. The action looks to me like it should be irresistable to predators.

I have high hopes for this crankbait.


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