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11/26/2020 06:03PM  
Anyone have any thoughts on these?
I've only used them one time.
Last January at Devils lake.
28 guys caught 150 eyes in 2 days
Just pinched a minnow head on it.

That my only experience.
I'm going to stock up on a few.
I plan on trying them for ice fishing my local crappie lake . Flooded timber 46 ft max.
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11/26/2020 09:03PM  
Were you fishing them around timber and wood on Devil's? They work open water too for walleyes in the right spots/conditions.

I've had what I'd call average luck with them in both open and ice. Tipping the bottom hook w/ either minnow head or waxie/spikes.
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11/27/2020 10:51AM  
No we were actually fishing then on a big flat.
3 ft of ice on top of 4 ft of water. Just the vibration triggered them. Even fished a minnow 3 ft away and the rap won.
Gonna change it up and chase the perch this year...
Like I said , I want to experiment with them on ice crappie this year. This lake gets hit pretty hard in the daylight but I know some guys who do pretty good after dark.
Just trying to think outside the box....
This lake produces a lot of fish in the 10 12 inch range...

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11/27/2020 11:32AM  
Very good deep water lure for Lakers. We caught a stringer full in the BWCA, several years ago, on a beautiful warm, mid-July day, 40 to 50 feet deep. I didn't know you could catch fish in such good weather, especially mid-day, with just a light breeze. They would strike, as soon as the lure reached the bottom. Here are a couple of photos attached.
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11/27/2020 02:37PM  
I have 8 of these in various smaller sizes. I hope they work this winter ice fishing.
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11/27/2020 08:46PM  
They cast a freaking mile and can be worked back to the boat like a jig.

Northland puppet minnow and Acme Hyper Glide are similar lures. The puppet minnows are a good deal less expensive than the Rapalas.
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11/28/2020 07:19PM  
The jigging rap has to be one of the most frustrating and exciting baits I have ever used. I remember roughly 10 years ago when the bait came out (or at least went mainstream) and every pro out there was raving about them, talking about how it is a magical bait different from any other and was going to revolutionize the game. Of course, I went out and bought a bunch and it probably took me over three years to even catch a fish on one. It is a different style of fishing that takes a lot of practice (I should say successful practice, because until you start catching fish with them, it's really difficult to understand, even if the pros are showing you exactly how to fish them).

They can be deadly for most all species...if the timing is right. I have had the most success with Lake Trout, Walleye (both out of a canoe and through the ice), pike and stream trout. I am still not confident with the bait, but I find that there is a lot to be said about the "reaction bite." This method will likely not catch you the most fish, but it does catch you the most aggressive fish.
This is by far the most aggressive bait that I fish. I've had the most success casting a medium distance into deep water 20-60', and rip-jigging back to the boat. For ice fishing, I have caught them jigging aggressively (less so) AND a slower presentation (like a bouncing of the rod to cause that bait below to wobble back and forth, rather than popping) with a minnow head or wax worm attached to the bottom treble.

I think they are one of the most exciting ways to catch fish, as the fish generally inhales the jig on the fall. This mean when you go to make the next rip-jig, you are usually setting the hook on a fish that completely surprised you.

I recommend white or blue chrome for Lake Trout, Firetiger or chrome perch for walleye and chartreuse or pink uv or parrot for stream trout.

Fun story about fishing jigging raps, I'll try to keep it short: Two winters ago I was ice fishing for Lake Trout lake and I kept marking fish come in on my sonar, seemingly swiping at (or at least following) my bait, but I never once felt a hit or set the hook on any of the fish. I knew they were trout because I was fishing in 60 feet of water and this particular lake has a very low whitefish population. I did get one of the fish to commit and he followed me all the way from the bottom up to 15' under the ice. This lake has fantastic visibility, so I was able to look down the hole and see the fish reacting to my bait. He was swimming back and forth in a figure 8 (like a GD shark) and each time he passed the bait, he would suck the bottom treble hook and minnow head in his mouth and spit it out immediately, so quickly that I could feel nothing at the end of my line. This was not a large jigging rap, it was the blue chrome size 5, which is only two inches long and has a #10 treble hook on the bottom. He did it over and over again without committing so I just decided I was going to go for it and try to set the hook the next time he did it. Luckily, my timing was somehow perfect and the second he sucked the minnow head in, I was able to set the hook and ended up landing the fish. For those of you who wonder what the heck it is you're looking at down there when the sonar isn't making any sense, I guess you never know...
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