Rapala has just released two new additions to its lineup for 2010: the Clackin’ Crank and the Clackin’ Minnow. Both lures incorporate the “Clackin’” rattle, which was first introduced by Rapala in 2009 with the Clackin’ Rap. Both new baits are very similar to those that we have seen in the past from Rapala; the Clackin’ Minnow in particular is essentially an X-Rap with a thicker mid section to accommodate the larger rattle. For those of you unfamiliar with this rattle design, it is a hollowed out metal cylinder with a single ball bearing that knocks back and forth as the bait wobbles. The exposed metal ends of the rattle chamber maximize the sound emission, increasing the range of your bait’s performance. Pictured below in the “Moss Back Shiner” color, the Clackin’ Minnow will run you about $13.00 USD and is available in 7 color combinations. We have had very limited time to field test this bait since it has been available on the market, yet have found it very effective fishing through the late fall pattern up here in New England as it functions well as a slow jerk bait when targeting lethargic cold-water bass.
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Rapala Clackin’ Rap
Rapala Clackin’ Crank