Whoever reads something of mine here often knows that I am very fond of realistic and big baits. So I couldn’t get past the new Rapala Shadow Rap the other day. The Jerk and Crankbait was also crowned Best New Hardlure at EFTTEX 2018. The 16cm long and 77g heavy plugs dive around 1.4m deep. The wobbler is built from strong thick plastic and has no rattles. This is another advantage, because loud baits often scare away fish in overfished waters instead of attracting them.
The bait can be guided in different ways. During spinst stops it sinks slowly and when you hit it with the rod it slides out far, similar to a jerk. Thanks to the small forward bent diving blade it still runs well even when cranked in. The small diving bucket and the very realistic decor are very eye-catching at first and the workmanship looks great. The big VMC triplets are sharp and stable enough for any big pike.
Lures like this usually cost a lot of money, but the price was set rather low. In general you can see from the lure that Rapala does have money for research on new lures.
In the Test
A real test is still pending. I have cast the lure a few times, but it hasn’t worked so far and the lure was fished for about an hour on a day when nothing else worked. Not exactly the best conditions. Maybe I will lead the lure again slowly and close to the bottom in winter and let it sink again and again. An update will follow how it compares to the Salmo slider and Fox Rage Replicant. It is definitely good for running and the flight characteristics are not bad.
Suggestion for improvement
I would have been really happy if there were still built-in swivels instead of eyelets to prevent pike from getting out of the water.
Good bait at a fair price. Thanks to the advanced season you can get it quite cheap and in 2019 the price should go down again.