Rapala DT Series Review

Rapala is world renowned for their designs and sheer ability to catch fish. We picked up a few of the DT series crankbaits have been pleasantly surprised with how neatly they run along with how accurately they are rated for depth. If you’re a crankbait angler you know when a company says “Dives to 8ft” you’re getting down to 6 at the deepest but 4 or 5 feet more than likely, that isn’t the case with the Rapala DT Series.

Rapala DT-6
A glimpse into the world of a DT6 after a day doing battle.

You may have noticed that Randy Howell had fished the Rapala DT6 during the Bassmaster Classic which resulted in his victory, you may have also heard that Jacob Wheeler claimed his win at BASSfest with a DT20. It seems the pros have picked up the DT Series due to their quiet reliability.

The DT Series comes in an absolute ton of sizes and depths from the fat bodied wake bait to the DT20 which gives anglers the option to hit the exact depth and presentation they want to hit. The DT6 Randy Howell was throwing is a 2”, 3/8oz model. I have noticed the DT series does have a strange weight chart but they throw like bullets on Denali cranking rods so it’s not something to be concerned about.

Consistency is a major factory in balsa baits like the DT series, that is why Rapala uses the top seven percent which averages the highest quality. To push your crankbait down to the desired depth the thin polycarbonate lip gets it down there quickly thanks to how the DT sits in the water. To top it all off the DT features the VMC SureSet hook which has saved my tail a few times, this hook has two standard shanks and one long shank that serves as a stinger hook.

Perhaps the only issue I could come up with in the entire line of baits is that they don’t rattle like our standard go tos, but with that being said there is one thing to be aware of when throwing the DT.  Being as they are balsa baits it is imperative to avoid slapping them on the water to remove grass, balsa baits are held together with a pin and some glue.

Overall I’d say the DT series is worth picking up. On average they’re in the $6-10 price range, compare that to the $20-$30 balsa baits the other guys make with the same set of problems and it becomes a no brainer.



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