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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2018, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Rapalas?

It seems as though the most often used lures among trout fishermen with spinning gear are spinners. Does anyone ever use Rapalas and similar hardbaits? If so, any specific model and finish?
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I haven't fished them much recently, but I used to fish J7 and J9 silver Rapalas quite a bit when after larger trout. For several years I was on a big trout kick and used the J9 quite a bit. I caught a fair amount of big browns on them. And a surprising number of smaller fish considering the size of the plug.
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I use and have good success with the CD3 and CD5 rapalas . I most often use the gold w/ black back, although I have used most all the flavors.
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Those countdowns can cause fits in water under 3'-4' - keep them moving when fishing in such water or you'll be hanging up on bottom more than you might like.
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Never really had a lot of problems with them hanging up. I've even fished them in small brookie streams. I also usually fish a pretty heavy spinner (Franks) in small streams. Not that I don't get hung up. :-) I do.
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Never really had a lot of problems with them hanging up. I've even fished them in small brookie streams. I also usually fish a pretty heavy spinner (Franks) in small streams. Not that I don't get hung up. :-) I do.
Well, when the water is cold and the fish are hugging the bottom, you have no choice but to fish along the bottom. In cold water ,if you aren't snagging bottom once in a while, your probably not fishin' right.
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I use 4" countdowns when casting for large browns in Lake Ontario.
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I’ve had success with rapalas in both brown and brook trout imitations. I use them swiftly through the riffles and the trout have attacked them furiously. Haven’t used them as much as I’d like as they don’t cast as far as a spinner but I’d also like to use some marabou jigs more often also. I’ll save those for when the water gets a bit colder.
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On occasion, when fishing small streams I have removed the belly hook. I carry the same lure box for smallies as I do trout. So I don't want to remove all the belly hooks. Most often the smallies are hooked by the belly hook or both hooks. Trout are only ever hooked by the tail hook.
I fish them identical to how I fish spinners.
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I have caught alot of trout on Rapala's, Lucky Craft, and Megabass jerkbaits over the years. I usually use 3"-4" baits in natural colors. I have also caught trout accidentally on larger baits while targeting bass. I usually use floating/diving or suspending baits because I normally dont fish very deep water.

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