Gear Review: Ultra Light Minnow and Ultra Light Shad

Ultralight-minnow-shadAt times, going bigger isn’t always better. At Rapala, this philosophy holds true with the introduction of the new Ultra Light Minnow and Ultra Light Shad.

Designed to offer big action in a small bait, the Ultra Light Minnow stays true to form with a classic minnow profile that packs a powerful underwater punch of action.

“Unlike traditional ultra light baits, the Ultra Light Minnow has an added benefit,” said Mark Fisher, Rapala director of field promotions. “This compact bait features a weighted body that allows anglers to cast farther, getting to spots other ultra light baits can’t.”

The weighted body, paired with the classic minnow profile, produces a slow sinking motion after the cast. On the retrieve, the L-shaped lip design provides an enticing wobbling and rolling action that is perfect for multiple species.

Hand-tuned and tank tested, the Ultra Light Minnow beams with vivid external body scales and holographic eyes.

With a running depth of 2 to 3 feet, the Ultra Light Minnow is available in size 04 and 06. Size 04 is 1-½ inches long, weighs 1/8 ounce and is armed with number 10 VMC® Black Nickel Treble hooks. Size 06 is 2-½ inches long, weighs 1/8 ounce and is equipped with No. 8 VMC Black Nickel Treble hooks.

Both sizes are available in specific, ultra light colors including Chrome, Clown, Firetiger, Gold, Purpledescent, Rainbow Trout, Silver Blue, Shad, Trout and Yellow Perch.

Rapala shad-style lures have been an angling staple since their introduction. Now, anglers have the power of a shad lure in ultra light form with the new Ultra Light Shad from Rapala. Small in size, not fishability, the Ultra Light Shad features a weighted body for big casting action.

“The weighted design provides a slow-sinking, on-the-pause action,” said Fisher. “Whether cast or trolled, the unique swimming lip design produces a true-to-form action, even when trolled at high speeds.”

With external body scales and 3D holographic eyes, the Ultra Light Shad is available in size 04 at 1-½ inches long, weighs 1/8 ounce and has No. 10 VMC Black Nickel Treble Hooks.

With a running depth of 4 to 5 feet, the Ultra Light Shad is available in 10 stand- out-of-the-crowd color patterns including Chrome, Clown, Firetiger, Gold, Purpledescent, Rainbow Trout, Silver Blue, Shad, Trout and Yellow Perch.

It’s time for an ultra light load of big fishing fun.

Suggested retail price: Ultra Light Minnow ($6.99), Ultra Light Shad ($6.99)

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