The Rapala Shadow Rap series has all the moves that other lures only dream about. A horizontal struggle with a big kick, plus a vertical fade or a vertical rise on the pause perfectly mimics a bait fish in its last, quivering moments before the end. The kick, the snap back to life and the slow fading or rising all trigger fish to hit the Shadow Raps, and boy do they hit them hard! The Shadow Rap features a minnow or shad body style, flat sides and a metallic finish with textured scales. The Shadow Rap series of lures feature super sharp VMC black nickel round bend hooks and are available in 24 color patterns.
This fish was caught at Midmar Dam off a rock pile in 6ft of water on a Shadow Rap.
The Shadow Rap is such a versatile bait. This bait can be fished in just about any area you can think of. However my favorite area to fish this bait is on rocky banks and rock piles. This is where I find it most effective. I have caught fish with this bait in almost every season too! From the spawn to it being late Autumn I have caught fish with the Shadow Rap. My favorite colour would have to be Ghost Shiner. Overall this bait is a must have in your fishing box!
Written By Gareth Potgieter.
This has become one of my favourite cranks lately. It offers everything I look for in a crank. But the most important thing, it is exactly what the fish want. My favourite colour is Tilapia. It resembles our baitfish accurately and looks so life like in the water. I also like the way it casts and doesn’t spiral into the wind. So overall I’m super chuffed with this bait and I look forward to catching many more fish on it. These are just some of the key features this bait offers:
- MULTI-BALL RATTLE SYSTEM tuned for mid-depth cranking delivers a variable pitch of both high and low frequency sounds
- ROTATED HOOK HANGERS nests the hooks close to the body for improved action, preventing hang-ups and allowing larger hooks
- SELF-TUNING LINE TIE is a free-moving design that keeps the lure tracking true, ensuring non-stop fishing action
- CIRCUIT BOARD LIP starts right away at slow speeds and quickly reaches maximum diving depth. Extremely thin with superior strength and durability
My choice of tackle is a G.Loomis Cranking rod CBR 843C rod paired with a Curado 200I PG. I use 10lb Monofilament line or 10Lb Flourocarbon in most situations. The rod is a moderate action and allows forgiveness and this maximises hook-ups. This setup along with the Storm Arashi Flat 7 is really an all-round fish catching solution.
Written by Darryl Quinton.
The new Crucial series is one of the most versatile rod series ever created. It has both split grip and full grip handle designs. These rods feature Shimano’s C4S-HM blank which delivers unbelievable strength with extremely light weight. Each rod was tested to cover a wide variety of today’s best fishing techniques.
As seen in the pictures these rods are not just great fishing rods to use but they are great to look at to! Just to run you through the rod: Shimano Crucial rods have always had a really good reputation for being tough rods from when they first came out about sixteen years or so ago. The new Crucial has been built not to disappoint this long standing reputation. The new Crucial is lighter and stronger than the previous model. On average it’s 28% lighter and yes you are hearing me correct it’s also 22% stronger on average! How is this possible? Well the new Crucial C4S-HM blank is made from carbon which is what the C stands for in C4S-HM and the 4 is for the four layer process. The S stands for slick carbon tape which is used on the inside and outside of the blank which is what plays a huge role in strengthening the rod but still being able to use minimal material to keep the rod lighter. The new Crucial has returned to cork handles as the earlier models had which more anglers preferred. It also has a custom reel seat to minimize the weight of the rod. To end off the overview the new Crucial has Fuji Alconite Guides which finish off the rod! All in all the new Crucial is a beast of a rod that’s not going to let you down!
My Rod Selection
- 2x 6.8ft Medium Extra Fast- My light worming rod (8-10lb line)
- 1x 7.3ft Medium Extra Fast- My medium worming rod (10-12lb line)
- 1x 7.3ft Medium Heavy Fast- My medium-heavy worming rod (12-16lb line)
- 1x 7.11ft Medium Heavy Fast- My heavy worming/pitching rod (20-25lb line)
- 1x 7.2ft Medium Heavy Extra Fast Spinning- My drop shot, wacky rod (10-20 braid leader with 6-12lb leader)
- 2x 6.10ft Medium Heavy Fast- My reaction bait (small cranks, jerk baits, underspin and small spinnerbaits) rod (10-12lb line)
- 1x 7.6ft Medium Heavy Medium Fast- My reaction bait (medium-deep cranks, 1/2oz lipless and bigger spinnerbaits) rod (10-14lb line)
*Fluorocarbon line used on all above rods
I personally have a full set of these new Crucials and have fished for more than a season now with them. I have caught large mouth, spotted and small mouth with these rods and they just don’t disappoint! I have fished six consecutive days with these rods and because they are so light you really don’t get tired of using them! The feel of these rods are just great. Pulling fish from cover is made easy! Feeling reaction baits and detecting bites because of its sensitivity is also incredible. If you’re in the market for new rods I would highly recommend the new Shimano Crucial range. You will be pleasantly surprised!
Written By: Gareth Potgieter
Shimano Curado 70 XG
The Shimano Curado for 25 years now, continues to be the go-to bait casting reel for bass. It is now offered with a new compact Hagane body and a new model size perfect for light pitching, light flipping and throwing smaller baits, the Curado 70 also features an enhanced SVS Infinity braking system designed for finesse and light flipping techniques. X-Ship Technology provides even more smoothness and durability – just as anglers have expected from Curado reels for more than two decades.
- 5+1 Bearings
- 10lb Drag Power
- 6.5oz Weight Range
- 28-32 Inches Retrieve Range
- X Ship Technology
- Paddle Handle (Like the Aldebaran)
- Hagane Body
The new Curado 70 XG also has a new braking system. Which means…
- Easier To Use
- Less Maintenance
The Curado 70 XG is one of my favorite reels in my reel collection. The reason being is that it’s just so light and has a really great feel to it. I use it as my light rig. I use 8lb line on it and use weightless and very light weights using this reel. The smoothness of this reel is incredible. This is a high end reel priced really affordable!
Written By Gareth Potgieter
Over the past 8 years I have received many samples in the Rapala DT range. There is not another Rapala product that has received as much water testing time as these range of crankbaits for me. “Field testing” included some of my most testing tournament situations. Those who know me will tell you that it is no secret that the Rapala DT10 is my favourite hard bait for targeting bass. Over the years it has contributed to many of my tournament wins and it has also accounted for more fish over the 4kg range than any other crankbait I have ever thrown.
Other popular DT models for me is the DT6, DT14 and DT20. “DT” stands for “Dive To” while 6, 10, 14 etc. stand for the depth in foot it can reach. The reason for the DT range being my favourite crank is simple:
- It has better cast ability than any crank I have ever thrown and it does not spin or “helicopter” when you cast
- It has some fantastic colours in its range that is well suited for SA conditions and closely resembles our bass fodder fish
- On a long cast and with the right tackle it is the smallest profile crank to reach the deepest in my arsenal of crankbaits
- It catches lots of bass and big ones too
My favourite colours are Bluegill and the whole “Ike custom” series. Caribbean Shad, Old School and Smash have been particularly good. I am very excited to hear that there are a “natural” range of colours on the horison and cannot wait to take them for a test drive.
Written By Martin De Kock.