The Ideal Fall Lure: The Killer, Fire Tiger Rapala

By: Amanda Boudreau

As the air and water temperature gets cooler, we all know summer is winding down and fall is approaching fast.  Bass become sluggish due to the cold weather and are on the hunt for food before winter comes. If you still want to catch some more Bass before winter, using sinking lures versus top water lures is ideal. Bass begin to descend into shallow waters and become less active for top water lures since the colder water makes them sluggish.  If you want to catch bass this time of the year try the fire tiger rapala and you will never go a day without catching monster bass!

Bass’s Best Bait

Ever since I was a little girl my dad taught me everything about fishing in Maine. Almost every evening of fishing season we would hit the river or lake. My dad always used the fire tiger lure and it has always worked magnificently, the bright green and yellow color along with the black stripes over the back make it irresistible for small and large mouth bass. Over the years I have used a variety of lures, but nothing could beat the fire tiger rapala. It never disappointed me whenever I fished. I caught so many bass with it almost all the paint on the rapala chipped and the tongue of the lure broke off but that didn’t stop them from coming back for more.

Attraction and Types

There is nothing more enjoyable than a big bass crushing your lure in the water. The fire tiger rapala is like a sunfish because it has a similar color. Sunfish is one of the bass’s favorite meals, which is why this lure is so efficient. There are different versions of this rapala, which include the sinking magnum, floater jerk bait, skitter pop, and jointed. All of these types have different movements, swim depths, and appearance. Some types may work better than others but overall each is still effective.

The jointed rapala is a three and a half to five and a half inch rapala with two treble hooks at the tail and middle. This is a broken back bait, which means it is jointed at the middle and allows it to swim like a real fish. You can cast it and let it sink underneath the water’s surface to about four to eight feet deep. Swimming action at the slowest speeds makes this bait the perfect choice when fish are not in the feeding mood.  This is my favorite tiger type because it is the best at simulating the movements of a real fish swimming and not to mention I have had the most luck fishing with this one.

When you are wishing to get a bass’s attention, the rattletrap is the best choice by far. The rattletrap has the ability to make an obnoxious rattling noise when it swims, which causes fish to become easily distracted and annoyed, making them more aggressive towards it. The rattletrap averages a length of one and a half to three inches and can swim to twelve feet or more. Particularly it is most effective when it is being trolled at all rates of retrieve, but can be casted as well. In addition to the jointed rapala it has two treble hooks in the front and tail.

The sinking magnum rapala is about two to seven inches long with two treble hooks and can sink up to eighteen to twenty-one feet. In deep water it wobbles side to side, similar to a fish. This rapala performs the best at fast retrieve. This type is particularly useful for trolling along the shoreline because the water depth tends to drop dramatically off the shoreline, which is where bass patiently wait for bait to pass by.

The skitter pop rapala moves along the surface on the water creating a wake of water in front of it and making a loud popping noise as it does so. This movement and noise can only be achieved if you jig it, which is what you should do all times when using this lure. The lure has a cupped lip which allows it to make the popping noise. It ranges two to three and a half inches long with two treble hooks and is perfect to use when casting for aggressive surface feeders. When using this lure casting with slow retrieve tends to work better.

The original floater jerk bait is the most commonly known. This bait ranges from one and a half to seven inches long with two treble hooks. The swim depth for this lure is four to six feet deep, which is at an intermediate depth. Either casting or trolling at all rates of retrieve works for this type, so expand your horizons.

Fire Tiger Tactics

Sunfish are an ideal meal for bass, and because this lure has such close resemblance it is the top lure to use for bass fishing. Whether you are morning, afternoon, or evening fishing this lure will always guarantee a bite. But, it is important to know how to use it properly. I tend to use this lure in shallow locations, which is likely near shorelines. With this type of lure you can either jig it or reel it in, but I find jigging it is more effective because it simulates a dying sunfish. Speed is important because it determines whether or not the bass will be interested. With this lure and other lures I find that alternating increasing and decreasing speed works well. Making the lure look like it’s a fish suffering is the ticket to catching monster bass. Making sure its hooks are big and well sharpened is important because you do not want to risk catching a huge bass.

Non-stop Action

Every avid fisherman should use this lure because it is irresistible for bass this time of year. This lure will always be effective because bass will not stop feeding on their prime prey, sunfish. This lure deserves recognition for its magnificent performance. So, do not wait. Buy one today before bass season ends!


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