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Rapala DT baits breaking #12796283
06/18/18 11:40 AM
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I'm a fan of the Rapala DT baits.. I have mostly DT6 and DT10 baits and over the course of a few years, I have had had several of them fail in the sense that the bill broke cracked. I had one split almost in half after catching an 8lber on it.. on a private pond back in Ga. That one was a DT6 that split below the bill toward the rear of the bait. This past Sunday.. I had a DT10 that the bill broke right at the tie point. I made a cast to the bank on a steep bank and it didn't feel right.. cast it again and it wasn't diving right.. so I looked close and sure enough.. the bill was kinda flapping. I've bounced a few crank baits off of rip rap, rock banks.. etc and understand totally when I bust one up on something.. but just in the normal course of fishing it seems odd that they just fail like that. Anybody had any problems with Rapala cranks?

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Re: Rapala DT baits breaking [Re: Bill Durham] #12796291
06/18/18 11:44 AM
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Regularly. That's the cost of a bait with that action IMO. Also quit hitting rocks on the bank!


Thats my money fish

Kris Winhold
Re: Rapala DT baits breaking [Re: Bill Durham] #12796313
06/18/18 11:53 AM
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Hitting rocks on casts or slapping grass off on the water.


Re: Rapala DT baits breaking [Re: Bill Durham] #12796500
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I like the DT6, but I'm trying to find another crank I like in that depth. I've reeled in just the plastic bill several times. Basically, it's super thin right where the bill attaches to the wood. It seams like they should run a cable through the middle of the bait from bill to tail that would hold the bait together properly.

Re: Rapala DT baits breaking [Re: Bill Durham] #12796699
06/18/18 04:03 PM
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I lost two 5+ pound fish on them after the bottom broke off....along with the hooks. Bill and line tie was intact.


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Re: Rapala DT baits breaking [Re: Bill Durham] #12797031
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It’s a balsa wood bait, glued on a plastic frame-I believe once any crack, chip, etc.delelopes, it’s going to take on water.


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Re: Rapala DT baits breaking [Re: Fishinfellow] #12797035
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Originally Posted By: Fishinfellow
Regularly. That's the cost of a bait with that action IMO. Also quit hitting rocks on the bank!


+1 bagleys will also do the same thing

Re: Rapala DT baits breaking [Re: Bill Durham] #12797089
06/18/18 08:29 PM
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On MOST of my Rapala baits, I put a drop of super glue on the bill and around the bill. Occasionally, I break one, but it is my fault trying to force a lure where it may not supposed to go into. But, yeah, ON ALL RAPALA CBs, I put a drop of super glue on them to strengthen the over all honesty of the bait. Sometimes it is the price of doing business. MOST of my new baits I buy are hand crafted balsa or cedar baits, but that is just me. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains


Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

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