This isn't your daddy's Rapala crank, the new-fangled X-Rap
favorite way to fish the X-Rap is with a “snap” retrieve. With the rod tip
pointed towards the water use a short pull, pull, pull, then a pause. This
creates an aggressive forward snap movement that causes the lure to come
back to you via a very narrow track. The X-Rap will move side to side
erratically and entice active fish to take interest almost immediately. This
technique is fantastic in shallower water where fish are nearby and can’t help
but notice the variable flashing. It was with this technique that we caught
limits of stripers. The dressed up tail adds an appealing element to these lures
when pursuing stripers. On days when anglers are hammering stripers with
streamers and bucktails are the same days when the X-Rap will really deliver.
explodes on the X-Rap as it is being retrieved right below the surface
When you get too tired of rapid and aggressive
jerks the “sweep” retrieve is another way to effectively fish the X-Rap. Use the
entire rod and move the tip in smooth sweep, sweep, pause motions. This causes
the X-Rap to glide side to side in less erratic motions and the lure comes back
on a much wider track. This technique can also be used in shallow water, but we
found it less successful overall. If the fish are not very active or suspended
in deeper water then this technique should be more effective. Whatever style you
choose the X-Rap delivers a wide assortment of different actions.
A bass is landed on the X-Rap
terms of durability the X-Rap is better than most. The coloring and finish is
encased below the plastic body so that when the hooks come in contact with the
body all that end up getting scratched is the transparent surface. After double
digit striper attacks the lure still looked as good as new. The one area that is
prone to more damage is the dressed hook which did lose feathers after using
pliers to dislodge the hook from the jaws of multiple fish.
X-Rap was good in our bass tests it was downright excellent when it came
time to fish for stripers
This is a entertaining bait to fish, and you can give your arms a serious
workout depending how aggressively you desire your retrieve to be. I’m not sure
how well this lure would really work on a Salmon or Trout, but I am positive
that when it comes to Bass, Stripers, or Pike the X-Rap will trigger plenty of
strikes. The erratic action of this lure can mimic fleeing baitfish or
impersonate injured prey, it all depends how you work it. I also believe this
lure will be very effective in pre-spawn situations when anglers can target
extremely active fish. Still, if I had to pick just one application in which
this lure will produce the most strikes it would have to be striper fishing. The
lure's peculiar side to side swimming action is just as deadly on "schoolie"
fish as it is calling out the "big dawgs" to bite.
Since the XR10's
introduction the series has grown in popularity. As a result Rapala has now
introduced a smaller XR8 as well as magnum sized versions, saltwater
versions, and even a jointed X-Rap. The X-Rap Magnum 30 is intended for
saltwater use and doesn't have the same action as the XR-10 we tested, instead
it is designed for unassisted trolling.
Schoolies or Hawgs, the X-Rap is
irresistible to striped bass that followed and struck the lure without
hesitation in our tests
Price: I find myself saying in a lot of
reviews “….all good things come to an end,” when I reach the price category.
I’m happy to report that just isn’t the case with the reasonably priced X-Rap.
There was a time when Rapala lures were considered expensive, and that time has
long passed. The X-Rap is a great value at $6.99 retail. You can nearly buy 2 of
them for the same price as some of the competing premium Japanese offerings. The
X-Rap’s action isn’t better, or really worse for that matter, its just different
than all the usual suspects….but when it comes to overall bang for the buck the
X-Rap spanks the competition.
(XR10) X-Rap Ratings
Rapala X-Rap is a well built lure. It survived countless bass and striper
strikes in our test. The only area that took damage was the teaser tail.
Overall durability is very good
This lure is great for aggressive fish, we found it exceptional for bass and
stripers. The action is controlled by the angler and there are multiple ways
to fish the lure effectively
days 6.99 for a jerkbait is considered pretty darn reasonable. Rapala is
known for building quality lures and the X-Rap could have easily commanded a
few extra dollars, but it is good to see that the company priced it in line
with their other offerings
lure has some nice features including a flash strip along the lateral line
and a teaser tail. Overall the only weakness of the lure is that the lure's
surface is not the most realistic in appearance because a lot of the design
is under a thick wall of plastic
lure is easy to cast but takes a little practice to get the right retrieve.
It isn't as easy to use as a traditional jerkbait, nor will it run like one.
Once you get the side to side "slash" down the lure can really produce
This bait can be used on a wide range of species. We love this lure for
stripers where the erratic action drives fish into a frenzy. If you are
looking for a traditional jerkbait then this isn't it, but if you are
willing to spend the time to master the side to side action then the lure
can be fished effectively in both shallow and deep water
Pluses and Minuses:
A new design from a proven brand
Not exactly a traditional jerkbait, if
that's what you are looking for|
Dressed teaser tail
Not the most realistic finish|
Durability is fantastic
Angler defines the action
Conclusion: The X-Rap is probably the most exciting lure we
have seen out of Rapala in recent seasons, and the company has done right by
this new product. The X-Rap isn't just another "me too" lure, in fact with so
much side to side action Rapala was justified in naming this lure a "slashbait"
rather than a traditional jerkbait. While the lure is not the most detailed in
design it does have a sophisticated beauty to it, most of which comes from the
lure's clean lines and multi-layered finish in which the scales and flash come
from within the lure rather than being painted on the surface. The reason this
lure is popular among fish and fisherman is the many ways in which the lure can
be presented in the water. Get creative with your retrieves and the lure will
reward you with plenty of action. In fact we found an extremely aggressive
retrieve was able to drive stripers into a frenzy. Point your rod tip down and
"slash" up an aggressive bass and you just might find yet another Rapala "go-to"
bait. No, this certainly isn't your daddy's Rapala crank, it's something quite
different, and in many ways the X-Rap is actually better.