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Rapala Xrap Sizes

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I recently went to Walmart and seen several Rapala xrap Slashbaits on the shelves and picked up a size 6 in olive green color.  Was wondering when is it good to have bigger jerkbaits or smaller ones? Would you throw the size 6 on a baitcast outfit or a spinning? I've searched online and this site several days now, and couldn't find my answer, so any help would be appreciated. 

 

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Templeton

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A 6 is pretty small. I think it would be tough to throw that on a baitcaster. I use them with a spinning rod. I go with the smaller X-Raps for smallmouth in the spring during prespawn. After caching a few bass that were spiting up tiny minnows, we switched to smaller jerkbaits like the #6 X-Raps and Lucky Craft Pointer 65's. For 3 or 4 days in a row, those little jerkbaits outfished the bigger ones 10 to 1. It pays to have a few in your box for those times they just want something small.

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I use the size 4 (about 1.5") for trout and I absolutely SLAY them! I like the size 10s myself.

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Clear water when the baitfish are very small is a good time to fish the smaller sizes. I've actually done very well on some surprisingly sturdy largemouth with the olive colored size 4 Xrap. It can be cast with a baitcaster but it's way easier to do with a spinning outfit. The 65 Pointer by Lucky Craft is another bait I fish quite a bit, always on spinning gear. I've caught some really nice fish up to 4-5 pounds on them as well. They're fun to fish because you can really catch anything on them. 

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Hot Mustard Muddler for trout in size 4, Goby (if they still make it) size 8 & 10.

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