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The Rapala® adrenaline-pumping X-Rap® slashbait has Xtreme attitude with its hard-cutting, aggressive darting action. The integrated long-casting system partners with an irresistible rattle and classic Rapala action. X-Rap suspends and comes to a roll at rest to trigger the bite. The X-Rap is ''all about the action'' and it ''triggers'' strikes. It's the perfect size, shape and 3-D dimension of a minnow. Prominent scales and lateral line on the fuselage capture and flash light like a beacon.
I bought this Lure in the gold color and size 10 in the middle of December. On my third cast I used a slow steady retrive and began to panic as I thought I had snagged the lure on the bottom. Oh! however was I wrong, about 4 minutes later I was holding a 7lb 6oz Largemouth in my hands. Next cast, 5lb's, and it kept on going all day... Love it!
December 28, 2006
If you don't have one of these lures, then your missing out on catching alot of fish.
July 30, 2012
When fishing in Ontario, I use two rod/reels with crankbaits - one for shallow and one for deeper. The X-Rap was my shallow crankbait of choice and I was very successful with pike and walleye. My best was 34" pike on a light 6lb test rod & reel. Got a 36" on another rig. Bought additional supply of X-Raps when I returned home. Definitely something you want to have in your arsenal. The best was the yellow perch pattern.
July 28, 2012
Very versatile bait. I use it for largemouth bass and peacock bass in freshwater. Excellent for snook and tarpon too. It's my secret weapon in all my fishing trips in Puerto Rico.
May 31, 2012
For salmon, it all depends on the type of bugs/fish that it is feeding on at certain times of day. If they are feeding on small trout, buy the pattern that resembles small trout. If they are feeding on minnows, choose the pattern that looks the most like baitfish in your area. The color and size of baitfish changes lightly from lake-to-lake, so pick the one that resembles these closest to what are in your area. but like i said it all depends on what there feeding on at that time. one way to find out is to grab a small one and pump its stomache. it sounds crues, but it does no harm to the fish.
I have caught salmon on the Hot Head and pink colors of Rapala X-Raps. They seem to like the tail feather on the back hook a lot. I have a lot of different colors of X-Raps so what I did was put orange tail feather hooks on the X-Raps I use for salmon since spawn is orange. It works great in the Grand River, Muskegon River, and Manistee Rivers in Michigan.
How does the X-rap compare to the Bomber Pro Suspending Long A? I'm asking because the Long A is considerably cheaper ($3+ cheaper) and reviews are just as positive as reviews on the X-rap. Both of these plugs dive about the same depth but the 3 1/2 inch suspending Long A is an 1/8 oz heavier. Would the suspending Long A be a better search bait from shore? Which has better castability?
I fish from the shore to, and i can tell you that they both cast just fine on small to medium sized ponds and lakes from the shore. the was that the X-RAP is designed is its bb's(what makes it rattle) are allowed to slide to the back of the bait, so therefore more casting distance per oz. If I were you, I would purchase them both and see what you think of either one. they are both excellent baits for searching, just don't rely on them to catch all of your fish on a trip. I can tell you that the X-RAP will get alot of follows, and as long as you can see those, after you find 'em take a zoom super fluke and move it really slow over the area in which you see the fish coming from, as long as its 10 ft. or less, and this should hopefully create a nice hard strike Hope this helps