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.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Berklybeliver1 bait requires extreme net man
The action on this bait which i would put into the classification swimbait is one of the most life like i have ever seen and is my personal favorite hard baits. During the spring when the bass are eating bait fish is when it is most efective. In Texas every spring they stock trout in local pounds and evey spring the bass gorge themselves on the trout this bait is a perfect imatation of a trout in it's body shape and the way it moves. I think the best color is rainbow trout. On the smaller baits you can use a spinning rod but i prefer to use a baitcaster with a gear ratio made for crank baits and a fairly strong stiff rod.
August 11, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by ArkansasTraveler Fish it on top
I have found this bait is deadly on bass year round. Best used as a surface bait like a popper or dead pan it or with a super slow retrieve where it snakes across the top of the water. Sometimes hard to keep them running straight but doesn't matter when fishing on top. My best go to bait. Me and my buddies all have at least a handful of these in our tackle. best colors are the black and silver and the black and gold. the mid size lures seem to be the best but the larger one is good when focusing on the big ones.
April 24, 2006
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fisherman209 Rapala J7
I have used various colors of the J7's. I use this lure mostly for trout fishing. I have used the lure both from shore and as a trolling lure. I haven't had any luck from shore, but it has been a great trolling lure.
A tone of colors to choose from and I have found that firetiger has been the best color in my opinion. The lure give great action because it is jointed. It give an appealing swim bait action.
My latest success story with this lure was when I was trolling for trout and landed a nice 6.67 pound.
February 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EliteBassDagger BEST CRANK BAIT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This really out fishes all the other crank baits on the market. It has plenty of ways to fish it. You could snake it on top and jerk it on the bottom. This attracts all the big bass in the pond i fish in. its my number 1 crank bait for every season . it even helped me catch my first lunker that weighs 4 pounds!!!!!!!!!
January 21, 2014
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.