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Entries in Rapala (6)


Kansas' La Cygne Yields Double-Digit Bass

In late March, a tournament angler caught one of the biggest largemouth bass every taken in Kansas public waters. At the late afternoon weigh-in on La Cygne, Jeremy Conway's double-digit bass checked in an 10 pounds, 15 ounces.

The last two state records, 11.8 (11-13) and 11.75, were taken in private waters. Record before that was 11 pounds, 3 ounces. 

Doug Nygren, fisheries chief for the Department of Wildlife and Parks, wasn't surprised that this 2,600-acre impoundment in eastern Kansas yielded the lunker.

"There's just no doubt that La Cygne is the best of our lakes when it comes to quality bass," he said. "Most years, out of all those lakes we sample, the biggest are in La Cygne. It's special."

Nearly half of bass over 8 pounds collected during sampling of state waters since 1979 have come there, he added.

Genetics likely play a role. Nearly 40 years ago, Florida strain bass were stocked with the hope that they would thrive in the warmer water provided by discharges from a coal-fired power plant. No research has been done in the past few years, but La Cygne bass reflected that genetic tie for decades after.

In addition to a longer growing season, the fishery also has good habitat, including water willow, and an abundance of big bluegill. Offspring of the latter provides plenty of food for bass, Nygren said.

Conway caught the big bass on his first cast of the day, using a Rapala crankbait and 10-pound line.



Rapala Lures Claimed Most World Records in 2016

Rapala doesn’t just have a rich history, it makes history. More International Game Fish Association world-record fish were caught in 2016 on Rapala lures than on any other brand of baits, again. Among the 14 new IGFA world-record fish caught on Rapala baits last year was a 47 lb. 8 oz. Papuan Black Snapper.

In fact, more IGFA world-record fish have been caught on Rapalas than on any other lure brand in history – more than 500.

“We are pleased and proud that, once again, more world records were caught on Rapala lures in 2016 than any other brand of lures,” says Rapala USA President Tom Mackin. “All over the world, big fish eat little fish that swim like a Rapala. It proves that with Rapala, any angler has a shot at catching a world-record fish.”

Rapala is the first and only lure manufacturer to receive an IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rapala lures are sold in 140 countries. Anglers have caught world-record catches with them on every continent except Antarctica.

More World Records
Rapala scales determined the weight of 124 IGFA world-record catches in 2016, including a 52 lb. 9 oz. tope shark landed on 6-lb-test line.

Nine new world-record fish were caught in 2016 on Sufix fishing line, including a 188 lb. 3 oz. tarpon in the junior-angler category. Storm baits yielded a new IGFA world-record catch as well. Sufix and Storm are among the many respected names in the Rapala family of brands.

About Rapala
Rapala was unofficially founded in 1936 when Lauri Rapala invented the first Rapala fishing lure. Rapala has grown from humble beginnings to a market leader in the fishing tackle industry. The Rapala brand’s functionality and high quality are known by fishermen around the world. Rapala maintains its strict standards of craftsmanship while delivering its fishing products to anglers in more than 130 countries.

About IGFA
The IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.


Dangling Lures Invite Trouble

So . . . what ripped up this Rapala on my friend's dock? A northern pike? A bluegill on steroids?

No. In all likelihood, it was a raccoon that saw a shiny object dangling about 6 inches below the tip of the rod as it leaned on the railing.

What seems to have happened is that the animal eventually wrapped the line around one of the railing posts and that gave it enough leverage to pull the hooks out of the wooden bait. Of course, the two trebles probably still are embedded in the animal.

Don't leave lures or hooks dangling from the end of your fishing rods. When you do, you're just inviting trouble.


Rapala as a Confidence Bait

Every angler should have a confidence bait or maybe two. Doing so improves his odds, and I explain why in Better Bass Fishing.

Mine is a lipless crankbait, preferably a Spot or Rat-L-Trap. I’ve caught bass up to 12-4 with it.

For my neighbor across the lake, it’s a small, floating Rapala. Unless he is using live bait, it’s the only thing that he throws in our little clear-water fishery. He catches plenty of bass on it, too. One evening last summer, he handed the rod to me, and I immediately caught a 5-pound channel catfish with the bait.

Also, I’ve tried other swimming minnows while he is catching fish with the Rapala. No luck. For whatever reason, fish in this lake want the “wounded minnow” developed by Finnish fisherman Lauri Rapala back in 1936.

And based on the bait’s success worldwide, I’m guessing that it is the preferred forage of lots of other fish around the world as well.

Lauri's original Rapala.

Here’s a little background on the bait from the Rapala company:

The brand was unofficially founded in 1936 when Finnish fisherman Lauri Rapala made one simple, yet genius observation: Big fish eat little fish, particularly the wounded ones. As he fished the waters of Finland’s Lake Paijanne, he noticed how predator fish would dart into a school of minnows and attack the one that swam with a slightly off-centered wobble again and again.

This elegant insight led Lauri to pick up a carving knife to whittle, shave and sand the original Rapala fishing lure. With makeshift household materials such as cork, tinfoil and melted photographic negatives, he crafted and painstakingly tested a lure that perfectly mimicked the action of a wounded minnow and would ultimately become the forefather of the legendary Original Floating™ Rapala.

From these humble origins, the greatest fishing story ever told began. As anglers around the globe began to catch more and bigger fish with the lure, the legend of Rapala grew. It became clear that the Rapala’s groundbreaking ‘wounded minnow’ action was the key to triggering strike after strike from fish of all species in nearly any application.

In 1959, Normark Corporation was established and set out to increase distribution of Rapala lures to U.S. fishing enthusiasts, helping to offer the brand’s innovative designs to more people than ever before.

Since the inception of Lauri Rapala’s original lure, Rapala has become a market leader known to anglers worldwide as the standard in functionality and high quality.

Today, more anglers put their faith in Rapala lures and accessories than any other brand. In fact, Rapala now consists of such world-known brands as VMC, Blue Fox, Williamson, Luhr-Jensen, Storm, Terminator, Sufix, Trigger X and ICE FORCE.

Confidence in the company’s ever-growing selection of products has spread to more than 140 countries worldwide and is validated with approximately 20 million lures sold annually and the prestigious claim that more world-record fish have been caught on Rapala lures than any other brand of fishing lures.


Rapala, Sufix Win Awards

The Rapala Clackin’ Minnow and Sufix 832 Advanced Superline have received the Field & Stream Best of the Best Award in Lure and Accessories categories for 2011.

According to Rapala, “the Field & Stream Best of the Best Award is presented to those products that are the most innovative and best-designed in their class, based on the significance of the innovation, the quality of the design, and the value they bring to anglers.”

Read more here.