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Why does everyone pay big bucks for pre-rapala warts?  I understand they are discontinued so there is some collector value, but is there something special about how they fish? 

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They are worthless. I'll buy all yours for $5 each ;).

Word is they hunt better and colorations were better.

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There are 2 markets for them.  Collectors who pay ridiculous amounts for specific paint patterns and fishermen who want them because many of them "hunt".  Truth is, some of them hunted, some of them did not, and some of them could not be tuned and were worthless for fishing.

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My friend caught his only fish on it at Lopez all day fishin!

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They were made differently, sounded differently, and swam differently, if only slightly. The colors were better too IMO, but the new ones catch fish very well also when the time is right. I have both and some days the new ones work best, sometimes it's the old ones. 

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I like the pre rapalas but the newer ones will still catch fish, I think the sound is the biggest difference. For awhile the paint on the new ones was horrible but it's gotten better, they have added some new colors this year that will be sold only at BPS . I believe Tim Hughes gave them the pattern's after some of his custom work. There is a green/blue craw, PBJ, phantom PBJ and I think a mossy craw.. The ones I've gotten look really good for a stock bait.

  Several years ago I paid 100 bucks for a dozen pre rapalas . I wish I had bought more with the way the prices continue to climb.

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One just sold for over three grand.

I collect and fish them.

That's just D U M B!!!! Unless you were the one who profited that is! ;)

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The colors have definitely changed. I know my Pap has a box or two full of them. I'm just waiting for the day he gives me all his tackle.  :eyebrows:

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One just sold for over three grand.

 

I collect and fish them.

 

 

Suddenly all these Megabass lures are looking like a bargain!   :eyebrows:

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Well... Here in Missouri, this is why.

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In reality, the new vs old differences are slim, but you know how fisherman are. Any edge they can get to catch more/bigger fish than someone else they will pay for it. People pretty much summed up the differences above. 

Different Molds

Different Bills

Different weights/sounds

 

People locally will pay about $15-20 bucks per original wiggle wart and if the finish is right fish them, or will have them custom painted. Most of the really expensive wiggle warts are usually for collection purposes. 

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I've heard the new spro rock crawler that's supposed to come out in a month is a lot like a wiggle wart. Really curious to see how it compares.

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I've heard the new spro rock crawler that's supposed to come out in a month is a lot like a wiggle wart. Really curious to see how it compares.

I've anxiously awaiting the release of this bait. It'll be just in time for warting season too  :eyebrows:

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I have a few that I won't part with. I don't fish them for bass because of the pike in our waters, but will fish them on traditional walleye bodies of water.

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I've anxiously awaiting the release of this bait. It'll be just in time for warting season too  :eyebrows:

 

Rumor has it that the Rock Crawler is going to be released on 1/15. Pretty pumped as well. 

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The pics I've seen of the rock crawler look really good, some great craw patterns.. It's supposed to be a deeper bait than the wart. I've heard around 14 feet..

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That's just D U M B!!!! Unless you were the one who profited that is! ;)

Did you see the color the wiggle wart that sold for over 3k was? I wouldn't have paid over $10 for it, but I guess it was super rare or something.

Well... Here in Missouri, this is why.

 

 

In reality, the new vs old differences are slim, but you know how fisherman are. Any edge they can get to catch more/bigger fish than someone else they will pay for it. People pretty much summed up the differences above. 

Different Molds

Different Bills

Different weights/sounds

 

People locally will pay about $15-20 bucks per original wiggle wart and if the finish is right fish them, or will have them custom painted. Most of the really expensive wiggle warts are usually for collection purposes. 

Are those pre-rap warts in your avatar? The paint job on them looks sweet.

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Did you see the color the wiggle wart that sold for over 3k was? I wouldn't have paid over $10 for it, but I guess it was super rare or something.

Are those pre-rap warts in your avatar? The paint job on them looks sweet.

The color was a v44 - Blue Mackerel, that was I think designed for salmon/ saltwater fishing in the pacific NW. 

 

Yes those are custom paint jobs... LW Luresmith baits in MO. Tim Hughes also does good custom paint jobs as well. I believed he designed the new custom wiggle wart colors that are exclusive to bass pro. 

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You guys need to check out the Koppers Hunt for Center.

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