People say the Rapala is becoming obsolete and that its place in the fishing world is coming to and end. I believe these people just don’t know how to fish a Rapala and need to be taught the different techniques of fishing this versatile lure.
The Rapala is meant to mimic a fish swimming, except if you just reel it in straight every time, how many fish do you know that swim in a straight line for 100 yards? This is why we will use jerk fishing as our first technique. This is when you cast out the lure and reel back at any speed you want. Except every few seconds you jerk your rod back and keep reeling, this gives the lure a fluttering action. Most of your fish will be caught when you jerk back because they will think that their food is going to get away. Practice a rhythm that allows you to optimize your speed of retrieval and jerking motions.
The second way to fish a Rapala is what I call the circle technique. It is like the jerking method but you never move your rod from in front of you. Before casting out the lure practice making little circles with the tip of your rod, about 1-2ft in diameter. While you are reeling in at a medium speed, keep making these circles, it gives the lure a unique motion that is easier on the shoulders and makes the pattern constant. I have had the most success catching trout this way, because you can easily maintain all sorts of depths without jerking it up a foot every time.
Finally the last way to fish your Rapala is trolling from a boat. Let the lure go out about 100 ft and start trolling away. Trolling is when you have your bait out the back of your boat and go at different speeds along the shoreline. This keeps the lure in a straight pattern, but it won’t matter because of the amount of shoreline you can cover in a few minutes. Different speeds mean different depths for lures, keep this in mind. If you aren’t catching a fish speed up or slow down, you have to bring the lure to them.
My final few tips to catch fish are generic for all casting. Always move your lures, I picture the plane in front of me as a clock face, 9 is my left arm and 3 my right. Cast out at every hour to make sure you cover all of the ground a specific area has to offer. Also vary your speed to maintain or change the depth of your lures. The last way to make depth changes is to count when your lure hits the water, let it sink for 5 seconds them retrieve, then try 2, this is help vary the area of water you will cover.
Good luck everyone, I hope this will help you dust off those Rapalas and catch a big fish!