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Rapala®'s Jointed™ Minnows are the answer when fish are extra wary and water conditions are difficult. The Jointed Minnow's unique body works to produce a livelier, attention-getting, baitfish-in-distress action that usually fits the bill when all other lures come up short. Well suited for super slow retrieves.
Must Have Lure!
My fishing year started off with me finding a Rapala Jointed Minnow up in some tree branches. I had never used one before. The action on this bait is incredible, this is the original "swimbait". I caught a largemouth later that morning on it and I was one that was hooked. I have several sizes and colors of this minnow now and have caught many bass on this lure many in the 2 to 4 lb range. Its a lure I don't leave home without. Buy one you will not be disappointed. Rapala Lures are awesome and this is one of their best.
December 19, 2010
Best lure ever
I borrowed this lure from my friend while trolling in our local lake. We caught over 20 fish that day mostly perch and crappie but we also caught bass, pickeral and i caught a huge rainbow trout. I caught most of them on the perch pattern. But i also used the gold one. The trout was cuaght on the perch and it was about 25 inches long and 4 pounds caught on a light rod. Dont think just buy this lure you will not regret it.
July 29, 2009
You can't beat this
No matter how you use this lure or what fish you are after, the J11 is a time-proven producer. I used the silver pattern on a private lake in Indiana this weekend and caught huge crappie and aggressive largemouth just jerking it in the top twelve inches of the water. The crowning moment was when a monster redear sunfish crushed this three feet from the boat. The J11 and all its jointed cousins just flat out catch fish!
May 16, 2008
This is a good bait. It was my first Rapala lure. The pros this lure has are that it caught my biggest bass(4 lbs. 13 oz.) at Crane's Roost Feb. 21, 2009. Also this bait looks like a real minnow in the water. The cons are that the lure doesn't dive as deep as the box says it will. The joint came loose and partially slid out of the wood so it doesn't swim right. Lastly the front hook came off after the second fish I caught but the fish didn't even get to the bank before it and the hook came off. I hope that if you buy this lure you will enjoy it and that the cons don't happen to you.
April 11, 2009
in the somewhat stained water that i fish, i like the gold and white or the so called 'baby pike' colours. i like a more natural approach.... i think the 'baby pike' colour, with it's greenish hugh resembles a baby sucker #which pike love# good luck!
This depends on the conditions and body of water that you are fishing. Because these factors can range so widely from location to location, we recommend contacting your local Game and Fish/Conservation agent for information. Typically, they can tell you what the main forage base for the fish in the area is, and will be able to tell you the colors that mimic this best. Also, I would recommend contacting the Bass Pro Shops in your area. Many times, the stores will have good information on what is catching fish during that time and in those conditions.
I tell this to everyone who asks this question. Match the hatch. That is, match the color of the shad/minnows in your waters. Sometimes, you can have several different colors and sometimes it depends on the weather, water clarity, etc... For my waters, my hatch is several colors (I know, lucky me). I can use a silver/black or gold/black or a blue/black. Then I can also use a brighter color for stained waters. I would also like to add to go bigger than you would think. One thing I made a mistake when I first started. I got the J-5 (because I thought this was small enough and wouldn't scare the fish). Now, I use a J-9 or a J-11 without being scared and they cast further. Hope this helps.
I purchased the Rapala Original floater (F05 model) a couple weeks ago and it doesn't cast very far at all, so I basically use it for brooks and small river streams. I'm thinking of buying the F11 model for a large pond and other lakes (I fish from shore, rarely on a boat) -- will this cast fine?
The larger, the better. I also use Fluorocarbon (10lb test or less) on a spinning reel to get it further. It should cast well enough. I like using suspending lures (X-Rap) or top water (Skitterwalk) to get a much further distance. The Original Floater works very well but this was a drawback for me as well. But like I said, if you lighter tackle, you should be able to get a fairly good distance. Hope this helps..
This lure is also made of balsa wood so it will have the same casting potential as the original floating lure. I find that this lure in larger sizes will cast a reasonable distance but if you're disappointed with the casting capability of the original floater you will probably be with this lure as well.
Ability to cast these lures will depend on the reel, rod. line size and lure weight. I use the F05 with my light weight spinning reel, 8 lb test line. I use the F11 with my bait casting reel, med to heavy rod, 20 lb test line. Both combinations work well.
This will mainly depend on the action of your rod. Make sure it suited for the lure weight. The best way to cast farther is with a spinning outfit, if line test is an issue try a braid, but be sure your guides good enough. Atleast aluminum oxide, stainless ones get cut through by braid. If you're using a baitcaster the quality of the reel really matters. You can do a few things to help though, try using a lighter line, a trick I read in bassmaster is to use lead tape on the end of your rod to help the rod load up more when casting light lures.
It does not cast as good as some simalar lures. Some lures like the rapala shad rap or the max rap are designed to be aerodynamic to cast further. I also find that lipless crankbaits like the rapala rattlin' rap cast excellent on a baitcaster.
sure it will, My favorite lure for trout [any kind of trout] , bluegill, rockbass, sunnies any panfish or smaller species is a Rappala small fry looks like a tiny tad pole on single treble that hooks up every time..KILLER FOR PANFISH PERIOD. you have to use a small rig though 5 foot spinning set up with light line to be able to get a decent cast off because there is no weight to the lure. try it you'll like it!! Dave in Pa.