I saw today that many Bassmaster Elite Series anglers are practicing for the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake with a new lure – The Rapala Shadow Rap Shad. I’m a huge jerkbait fanatic as most of you know, and even though we don’t have these smaller shad in our lakes, this might be a great tool for targeting smallmouth that chase kokanee and trout in our home lakes.
Pros such as Mike Iaconelli and Ott Defoe have been putting them to the test. The biggest aspect is that Shad back east, will often die off and flutter with a hair of life. As they make their last kick, they often float to the surface head up. The realistic profile and action of a dying shad helps to entice nearby fish. Holographic eyes, realistic paint jobs and the slow rise mimics dying forage.
Each year, Rapala seems to garner the attention by releasing new baits. I think the Bassmaster Classic has become the most competitive stage for not only the Elite Series Pros, but for product releases as well. Look to other big name companies to start hitting the stage. February and March now has another category of excitement.