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Rapala Scatter Rap Minnow

by Ned Kehde   |  June 29th, 2013 1




Dan Quinn of Hudson, Wisconsin, is the Field Promotions Coordinator for Rapala, and he says that Rapala’s staff of professional anglers, which includes Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Indiana, Brandon Palanuik of Hayden, Idaho, and Ott DeFoe of Knoxville, Tennessee, have been field testing Rapala’s new Scatter Rap baits. And as these professional anglers have been wielding these baits and inveigling an array of black bass on them, they have been telling other anglers about the manifold virtues of the four baits in this series: Scatter Rap Minnow, Scatter Rap Crank, Scatter Rap Shad and Scatter RapCountDown.

The Scatter Rap Minnow exhibits many of the properties of the classic balsa-body-shape of the original Rapala. But it is endowed with what folks at Rapala describe as a uniquely designed curved lip, which they call a “scatter lip.” This lip causes the Scatter Rap Minnow to move with an evasive swimming action, mimicking a spooked and panicked baitfish. It is also described as possessing an erratic and aggressive sweeping action. In other words, as an  angler varies the speed of their retrieves, the Scatter Rap Minnow will “scatter out to the side like a real baitfish being chased.”

It is a floating bait that is 4 3/8 inches long, weighs 3/16 of an ounce, and it will dive as deep as eight feet.

It is available in 16 colors and sports VMC black nickel hooks. The suggested retail price is $8.99.

In blogs to come, we will feature the Scatter Rap Crank, Scatter Rap Shad and Scatter Count Down. And we will update these blogs whenever anglers on the Finesse News Network file a report about their endeavors with these four baits.  We have a growing number of versatile Midwest finesse anglers who occasionally utilize small crankbaits and minnow baits.


  • nkehde

    Mark Orlicky posted this on the Finesse News Network:

    I saw your short update on the Rapala
    Scatter series. I can offer this. I’ve used both the Minnow and the Countdown
    Minnow for trout in Colorado. They’ve been doing well for me.
    In California, they just had their
    opener around Memorial Day for trout. Twin Lakes was on fire, with the Scatter
    Minnow being a hot lure. Upper and Lower Twin Lakes near Bridgeport was

    One minor item. Rapala introduced the
    Scatter series in four models. Unfortunately, Rapala chose to limit those models
    to one size only. So, all I can get for the Minnow is the 11 cm size (4 3/8″).
    For the Countdown, its just the 7 cm size (2 3/4″). I’m speculating that if the
    lure is well received by the public, then Rapala might extend the product lines,
    but I really don’t know.

    An item you might ask your field
    testers concerns durability. I’ve had no issues so far. But, several fishermen
    on FaceBook have complained that the lip is fragile. Its common for trout
    fishermen to try to bang the lure against the bottom or against rocks to get a
    swerve in the action. This one apparently doesn’t handle it.

    Mark Orlicky

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