The first Rapala lure I ever owned was a silver/black Original Floater. I was about 11 years old at the time and on a fishing vacation at my Dad’s favorite walleye destination, Leech Lake, Minnesota. I’d found the bait embedded in brush along the shore—left there by an impatient angler after an unlucky cast toward the bank. For the next few days I caught numbers of walleyes and pike from the river exiting the bay near our campsite. But as luck would have it, I accidentally snagged a snapping turtle’s foreleg, and the ancient and scarred warrior neatly nipped the lure in half.Though my introduction to Rapala was literally cut short, my experience with the line has been life-long. I’ve fished nearly every variety of Rapala lure ever produced since that day back in the mid-60s. Most of them have been excellent; some I’d prefer to forget, and a few have been simply outstanding. The Scatter Rap Jointed, in my view, falls into the latter category.
I fished the lure for just three months before winter closed down open-water angling where I live, but it was enough for me to tell you that I’m eager for more. Rapala’s unique Scatter Lip came first on cranks and shad-body baits and caused a lure to dart erratically to the left or right, triggering strikes with unpredictable directional changes on a straight retrieve.
Now, paired with a jointed minnowbait body, the combination results in a lure that careens wildly through the water, and makes some noise in the process, even at fairly slow retrieve or trolling speeds. While there will be times when the Scatter Rap Jointed will be the “lure-of-the-day,” I think fishermen will find it to be most valuable as a search lure, particularly for walleyes, but also bass and other gamefish. Its 3½-inch length makes it attractive to variety of predators, and its 5- to 7-foot dive curve is perfect for casting or trolling over rock humps, points or the tops of submerged weedbeds.
Even if you plan to add only a few new lures to your arsenal in the coming months, I suggest giving this one serious consideration.