Rapala Shadow Rap Shad Review

Jerkbaits are becoming a common staple in tackleboxes which means there’s a new competitor in the jerkbait category, enter the Shadow Rap Shad.

Rapala has dominated the jerkbait market for years with the Original Floater, Husky Jerk, X-Rap, and the Shadow Rap; now they have the Shadow Rap Shad in their lineup. Offering a different look at the Shadow Rap style of baits the Shad has a couple of new tricks up its sleeve.

The hook up ratio on the Shadow Rap Shad is excellent, though the hooks are on the thin side.
The hook up ratio on the Shadow Rap Shad is excellent, though the hooks are on the thin side.

The standard Shadow Rap’s main feature was the head-down look, this causes the bait to dart more wildly with ease while the Shadow Rap Shad trades that for a head-up approach which causes the bill to dig deep quickly after a very short climb, giving the angler a new look that most jerkbaits just don’t have.

Like the normal Shadow Rap, the Shad offers the ability to tell that following bass “I dare ya” by flipping a 180 on slack line jerks, this has proven to be a key in the Shadow Rap lineup. I’ve also noticed the hookup ratio of the Shad isn’t quite as good as it is on the standard version but the Shad does seem to hold fish better since the fish has less “hook in face” syndrome associated with having nine hook points swinging like Tarzan.

The Shad is a little shorter coming in at 3 1/2 inches and 3/8oz instead of 4 3/8 inches and 7/16oz which means you are down to two hooks instead of three, and if you’re like me then you’ll be throwing a larger hook on the front to get a little more nose done. Having the ability to alter the action with hook weights can give you an upper hand against the guys with the same exact lure, so it’s nice to be able to upsize without tangling.

Unfortunately, this bait has already become a staple in my box which has costed me more than I’d rather say. Thanks to the Shadow Rap and Shadow Rap Shad coming in both shallow (2-4ft) and deep (4-8ft) and holding just about in the middle of the estimated depth on 8lb fluorocarbon these baits have replaced almost all jerkbaits in my box.

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