Fishing editor Gerry Bethge weeds through the newest lures to bring you the latest and greatest baits and how to fish them.
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The best! The newest! The hottest! The most innovative! There’s no avoiding the superlatives. Each year, as fishing season heats up, we’re bombarded with armfuls of new baits that, if you can believe the hype, are sure to become instant classics. Really? The lures here aren’t all hot-off-the-press new, but we’ve tried to separate the wheat from the chaff and provide you with the inside buzz on some of the most effective lures on the water right now.
Rapala Clackin’ Rap
This baby isn’t brand-spanking-new, but the lipless Clackin’ Rap’s unique sound chamber and low-frequency vibration continues to gain fans. A single large BB creates a sound so loud it can be heard long before your retrieve ever gets back to the boat.
How to Fish It: The Rap is simply launched and retrieved or stroked and yo-yoed. (rapala.com)