Rapala Minnow Evolution

These baits are generations beyond of the Original Floater.

The first hardbait I ever purchased with my own hard-earned cash—$1.19, to be exact—was a No. 11 silver-and-black Original Floating Rapala, and with it I caught countless walleyes, pike, smallmouths, yellow perch, and probably a few over-eager rock bass, before it was bitten in half. A good story I’ll finish later.

Anyway, I’d found it hanging on a peg by its tail hook, along with a handful of matching lures, in the local Coast to Coast hardware store. In today’s superstores unpackaged lures within kids’ reach would be a lawsuit waiting to happen, but back then maybe 10-year-olds were smarter, parents weren’t as greedy, or shop owners could count on patrons with more common sense. I don’t know; I just remember that I couldn’t wait to jump on my bike, aim for the gravel pit and tie that baby on.

Those stomach butterflies came back today when the mailman brought one of Rapala’s latest-generation minnowbaits—the BX Waking Minnow—properly packaged for safety, of course. It’s got a wide, buoyant balsa body, a substantial waking lip and a beautiful finish.

The thing just looks like a bass-getter, and judging by its wide-wobbling/rolling action captured in the video below, I’m certain it will be. Like I said, the butterflies are back; I think I’m going to bug out of the office a little early today.

Scatter Rap Jointed Minnow
This is another member of Rapala’s new-generation baits. Anybody who’s fished the original Jointed Rap is familiar with its wild action. Now imagine how the bait would move through the water if it were equipped with a Scatter Lip. Never mind—you don’t have to imagine. Just watch the video and you’ll see that it changes direction faster than a Heisman-candidate running back. I need to get one of these asap, too.

The fate of my old Original Floater? While fishing a small tailrace I accidentally snagged the front left leg of a moss-backed snapping turtle in a few feet of water. Though its shell was roughly half the diameter of a manhole cover, the rod and line somehow held up long enough for me drag it into the shallows. When the old guy finally figured out something was up, he stretched that long neck … you know what happened next.

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