The Shad Rap RS is a plastic version of Rapala’s legendary, balsa Shad Rap. The durable Shad Rap RS rattles hard, suspends and produces a different wobble from its wooden brother. Because it's heavier, the RS is easier to cast. It's a deadly lure when casting or trolling for bass, walleye, salmon, trout, pike or other freshwater game fish. Running depth: 5'-15'.
Model SRRS04: 1-1/2"; 3/16 oz; #6 hook Model SRRS05: 2"; 5/16 oz; #5 hook Model SRRS07: 2-3/4"; 7/16 oz; #3 hook
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beards247 Best crankbait for my needs!
Opening day of bass season we went for smallmouth bass. Nothing was working; tubes, small worms, jerk, cranks - I even sighted a few, threw a live shiner in, they approached and turned away.
We fidgeted with a variety of retrieves and finally got the RS to produce - and it really produced! 14 fish in 6 hours, biggest 19 1/2 inches, smallest 15".
I would have given 5 stars except for these lures are not truly suspending in the 2" and 2 3/4" (the 1 1/2 seems to truly suspend, but it may also be b/c I'm using an older model). I rely on this important feature in one of my crank retrieves.
June 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Josevir Excellents Lures
I always go very well with all Rapalas lures. Particularly prefieros the Shad Rap lures Sr-5 because he loves the trout and bass.
May 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by hoosiertageater Another Great Rapala
This is my new favorite Rapala. I picked up the 1 1/2 inch crawdad colored one a couple weeks ago. Honestly this thing just plain looks mean, the graphics on this lure are fantastic, that's all well and good, but does it catch fish? That's the question. After all it's who can catch the most fish, not who can look the sexiest doing it. Well long story short it performs on all sizes of bass and as far as I'm concerned is the best Rapala I own. Great quality, sharp hooks, runs true, catches fish. What more can you ask for?
April 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nashdog Great Lure!
I bought the silver and black shad rap and the bass hit it hard! I pause 5 seconds after the cast before I retrieve and the bass love it. Great action, sharp hooks.
August 13, 2011
I live in northern Indiana and mostly fish a clear lake with plenty of drop-offs, and a big flat. It is stocked with muskie, walleye, pike, and smallies. is there any all-around good color for these fish. any other advice would be helpful. thank you
I've used these baits for years on Lake Ontario and the NY Finger Lakes - all clear to ultra clear (can see more than 15ft). My long time fave has been the Chrome/Blue and Chrome/Black, but lately the Shad and Perch have been better producers.
If I could buy only one, I'd buy the shad. Works great trolling and casting.
In clear water generally the lighter colors such as silver or white are generally best...best to try to match the color of the bait to typical baitfish for the area...also try to match general shape of the bait to that of typical baitfish for the area.
bigfishken said it right, they are both solid lures, but which one works for you depends on where you fish and how you fish and what you are fishing for.
As a mostly smallmouth fisherman, I prefer the RS series. The 'suspend' is the best piece for me. Think crankbait that you can turn into a jerk bait at will. If you try this with any other crank bait, it rises on the pause - real bait fish don't rise when they stop swimming. I've found that the jerk after the pause is when the fish hit.
I like the extra weight of the RS and GSR models because the lake I fish is often windy. I personally think the RS models have more realistic finishes as well, and I use the 2 3/4" model in both silver and shad color often
It depends where you fish. I use it all over the place. I lived in SC for long time and now in Vegas. I have used lots of different colors in the shad rap. The silver or shad pattern is great but out here the #7 crawdad color is the best. I dont like the blue/silver color.