Original Floater / Jointed
The first and still the number one "go-to" lure. Lauri Rapala had no idea the impact his creation would have on the fishing world. Its wounded minnow action is irresistible to fish. Decades after its creation millions of anglers still rely on the Original Floater – one of the most versatile lures ever made. This is the world’s best selling lure.
How to Fish:
When fishing very skinny water keep the rod tip up and retrieve slowly so that the lure bulges the surface. To cause more commotion on the surface use either a twitching retrieve or stop & go retrieve, allowing the lure to float back up to the surface before twitching or reeling again.
In flowing water – in addition to the traditional down-and-across casts – try imitating injured baitfish by casting upstream or quartering upstream and let the current bring the floating lure down, reeling just enough to keep the line tight and twitching the lure slightly on the surface film.
With its slight exaggeration of Rapala's unique baitfish-in-distress behavior, the Jointed is ideally suited to the extremely slow retrieve required to trigger sluggish, finicky fish. Extra noise and action produced by the jointed body helps wake up the fish in poor visibility.
How to Fish:
This articulated lure permits more of that wiggling action fish can’t seem to resist. The Jointed Rapala is ideally suited to an extremely slow retrieve without sacrificing any of that famous action. Use it when casting windswept shorelines. Keep the lure just below the surface. The pronounced action will attract attention and trigger fish that are actively feeding on windblown morsels. Also suited well for slow trolling at speeds just around one knot (1–1.5 mph). For added attraction and great strikes, keep your rod in hand while trolling and twitch the lure every now and then to break its rhythm.