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Rapala's for Browns


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I run alot of rapalas in spring. j7s are great too. typical colors- black/silver, black/crome, orange, purple, rainbow trout patterns, perch. for me its all about speed dictating the action. some days they like it slow and some days fast.

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We've got a lot of big browns late in the morning fishing a little bit deeper water with J-13's. Primarily run black/silver, black/gold, and chartreuse/silver. We remove the trebles and add 1 single hook on the back and paint the bellys orange, especially on the chartreuse/silver. Shallower water we run the lures mentioned above and attach all with a small clip.

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if you see a little silver and gold bout 2.5 " long, slight rattle ya might try to pick one up and if it sunny and muddy it just might work its not a rapella finish its very shiny dont know brands or size numbers ..... and even tho there pricy the silver/black yozuri crystal minnow 3.5 in and 5 in might get ya a tug or two ....

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The stright 9 & 11 on boards & riggers set shallow worked well for me. Also in very shallow water I used jointed rebels & smithwicks. Bent nose eye down to give a wide wobble and so it would not dive as deep. Ran them off boards on shore in wave trougth for browns and did well .75-125' back w/ riiger ball just under surface was good on choppy days in 8 - 15 ft also.Adjust lead length & color to water clarity.Also I put small split rings on all sticks & tied direct for max action.

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I was pretty sure thats what it meant but when I was checking some lures out on e-bay they had a stick bait type rapala listed as HJ-9. I was't sure if that was just a typo or not. I have used the jointed rapalas for years for pike and bass just never thought to try them on trout. I just ordered several of them to try in the spring. Hope they work as good as you guys say. Can't wait to get out again!

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Depending on depth, and water conditions I run straight rapalas, size 5 to 11, and the jointed ones sizes 7 to 11. If it's super early, before the big boat goes in the water, and the warmest water is really cold, like 38-40 degrees, I tend to run the smaller stick baits as I have a tendency to troll slower and shallower (water depth 4-5 feet), and the smaller stickbaits run a little better at slower speeds. Once the big boat is out storage, and the spring fishing season is in full swing, I tend to run the 9-11 sizes. I also run Bombers, Smithwicks, Yozuri. My favorite spring colors are perch, black and silver, gold and silver, and gobi.

This is just a base for me to start a game plan for that day of fishing. As you know when it comes to catching fish anything goes.

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I'm glad they catch more than sheephead- we have about 150+ on board for walleye. First year they came out, one was $4, now they run anywhere from $6.50-$12.00. There new big thing is this Ultra Violet paint job... I don't know if UV paint makes a difference or not, but I know there arent any black lights floating around the lake

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