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Lure Review

 

Rapala's Shadow Rap Sequel - the Shad (continued)

Dive Time: Regardless of this minor discrepancy, the bait has five internal bearings located right in the middle of the bait. They do shift ever so slightly forward to back and casting this bait is super easy both for distance and accuracy. Once the bait splashes down and you pause to let the ripples dissipate before beginning your retrieve, the bait sits there on the surface in a fairly neutral position.


The deep version's longer bill allows this bait to get down to roughly 5-6 feet depending on the diameter of your fishing line.

Make that first twitch of your rod and the Shadow Rap Shad immediately dives down to running depth, darting from side to side very erratically. Pause your retrieve, and that's where this bait gets real interesting. It stops dead in its tracks and will suspend in that same, perfectly neutral position.


Some early season fun with the Shadow Rap Shad.

Literature on the bait suggests it shimmies on the pause as it suspends, but I couldn't see the bait well enough to notice this shimmy. However, I could see that the bait rises, very slowly on the pause and will drift in response to any current in the water.


The baits come stock with #6 VMC treble hooks.

Design/Ergonomics: The Shadow Rap Shad comes outfitted with two #6 VMC trebles out of the box. The hooks are sufficiently sharp and hold up relatively well over time. Good news is, they are easily replaceable should you prefer a more popular brand hook. But I didn't have any issues with the VMCs.


This bait has an erratic swimming pattern, but pause it for a few seconds? That's what this bass could not stand.

Price & Application: The great thing about this and most other Rapala baits is it's available in twenty four (24) different colors and priced at $8.99. I recall in my pre-enthusiast days having to save up to afford my collection of Shad Raps - one of my all time favorite cranks. It's amazing to me that these baits are still priced right around the same as they were close to thirty years ago at $6.99. They may have been $5.29 or something like that back in the day, but still, the price is so close. Anyway my point is back then, I considered Rapala to be at a super premium price point and today, they are among the more affordable hard baits on the market with most other manufacturers bursting through that $10 ceiling.

Ratings:

Rapala Shadow Rap Shad Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Steady and consistent quality, that's Rapala 8
Performance Nice erratic action but even more deadly on the pause 9
Price Great value - never thought I'd say that about Rapala 8
Features Good quality hooks out of the package 7
Design (Ergonomics) 24 available colors 8
Application Nice alternative profile in a jerkbait 8

Total Score

8.00
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Excellent on the pause - Hooks perform well but aren't considered premium
+ Compact profile is easy to cast  
+ 24 available colors  
+ Priced at under $10 a bait!  


Priced at under $10 a bait, the Shadow Rap Shad is difficult for angler's to resist, let alone the bass.

Conclusion: The Shadow Rap Shad, just like its longer, more slender, older sibling is a really fun, high quality bait to throw. It still gets me that these baits are under $10 a piece and available in so many different subtle, yet intricate color patterns. The way this bait stands still at the pause tries my own patience so it's with little wonder how fish are tricked into biting this thing. The previously reviewed Shadow Rap received this Editor's Choice Award, but this time around, I'm going to highlight what a great value the Shadow Rap Shad is a under $10. Congrats to Rapala on earning TackleTour's Best Value Award.

 

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