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Has anyone had a Rapala Lure get destroyed while trolling?


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I was trolling yesterday with a trolls to 20 Rapala when I saw a nice arc on the fish finder. Next thing I know there was a nice stike. I went to set the hook and there was nothing there. I reeled in and it felt very light. When I got it to the boat all that remained was just the bill and 1/2 inch of the lure. I have never had this happen with a hard bait before. I am wondering if it could have been a defective lure since it was new or it was something pretty powerful. I have caught a 40" pike on the same kind of lure with no issues. Has anyone else had this happen before?

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Muskie or pike may have bit it off, seen it happen many times....A friend of mine has a box full of cranks thets been bit in half...My uncle caught a 48" pike in Canada one year on a floating wood rap, was also bit in half but back then they ran a leader through the bait, still hangs in the mouth of the mount....

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I have had, or witnessed at least 5 times, where the lip on a Shad Rap has pulled right out of the body while casting.

They were cast into high water, not into any rock piles.

All that was left was the lip when we reeled up, and we were able to retrieve all the bodies when they were floating after coming off.

Don't have much faith in that lure.

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I hate to say it but it's not an isolated incident. The newer Raps of today are not as "bullet proof" as their older relatives. As we speak, I have two "de-lipped" Tail Dancers on the bench. My guess is less than adequate adhesives or a lack there-of lead to the lips pulling out.

I've heard of others but these have been my only two from a box of literally hundreds. Will it stop me from fishing with Rapalas? Not a chance!!

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If it was bit clean in half it could have been a snapper. You would be surprised how fast they can swim, and I actually have seen 2 caught while trolling, The last was this spring on grindstone lake by ely. My cousin caught it right in the mouth while trolling with a jointed rap.

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