Tackle Review: Rapala Scatter Rap Shad

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the rhetorical phrase, “What’ll they come up with next?” Sometimes it’s spoken with sarcasm, while other times it’s an honest question, referring to the sheer ingenuity and craftsmanship of a company’s products. Well, Rapala is one such company that seems to answer this question, time and time again, with a simple answer: “This.” Just when it seemed like there was nothing else Rapala could do to raise the bar, the legendary company hits the fishing community with a new series of lures, one of which is the subject of today’s Tackle Review. Keep reading for a closer look at the Scatter Rap Shad.

At first glance, the Scatter Rap shad doesn’t really seem to be that much different than Rapala’s other shad baits—it has the same basic balsa body and overall shape. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice something just a little different: the bill is curved, much like a shoe horn. This is where the Scatter Rap gets its moniker, and what causes it to display such a different action than what fish—and anglers—are used to. This curved bill allows the Scatter Rap to dive straight to the strike zone and gives it an aggressive, evasive, erratic sweeping action that mimics baitfish perfectly.

The Scatter Rap is armed with a pair of black nickel treble hooks that latch on and don’t let go when a fish strikes. Also, the bait is available in a dozen different color patterns, including favorites like Helsinki shad, yellow perch, silver, and bluegill. They measure in at 2 ¾ inches, with a weight of ¼ ounce, which allows them to reach some pretty impressive casting distances with the right line and rod setup. You get all this for an affordable price tag of $8.99, as well.

The Scatter Rap, by Rapala, is yet another bait from a great company that shows just how much attention to detail can pay off. Subtle changes to the bill have allowed the lure to set itself apart from the crowd and have enabled Rapala to gain yet more distance ahead of the pack. If you’re in the market for a lure that you can be familiar using, but also offers something the fish aren’t used to seeing, then I suggest picking up one or two Scatter Raps and hitting your local waters this summer.