High praise for Rapala Shad Dancer
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The new Shad Dancer could become one of the best multi-species lures ever to come off the conveyor belt of legendary lure producer Rapala.
That’s the view of lure fishing expert and TV show host Al Lindner, who says the bait has the potential to rival great all-time lures like the Shad Rap and Original Floating Minnow.
“It has a touch of magic that is immediately apparent,” says Lindner, host of the Angling Edge and Fishing Edge TV shows. “It’s that good. You see a lot of baits come on the scene, and many of them are okay fish catchers, but this one has got the makings to be the best yet.”
Lindner and his TV team have been using the lure during filming on rivers and lakes in five states and have been impressed by its aggressive, hard-thumping action and sweeping tail movement. It has a balsa body and dives seven to 10 feet whether cast or trolled
Lindner recommends it for walleye, smallmouth bass and even largemouth bass: “The swimming action, vibration, size, hook-up ratio and colour make it an almost perfect bait. Fish really, really like it.
“The Shad Dancer is a bait that will work all season. It’s one of those lures that runs at a depth fish feed at all year. It runs in the high-percentage strike zone.
“You can pump it with the rod or burn it steady, the lure simply walks through wood or bushes and rips off of weeds easily,” Lindner says. “And your rod tip is jumping constantly, so you can feel that the bait is always fishing — whether it’s moving slow or super fast.”
The Rapala Shad Dancer measures two inches, weighs a quarter of an ounce and comes armed with two No. 6 VMC Black Nickel round bend hooks.