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TwoBear

jointed vs original shad raps

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TwoBear

For trolling the river, who prefers the original shad rap vs. the jointed shad rap? I have primarily used the original shad raps #5 and #7. I also pull original floaters on a three-way rig. I was thinking about trying the jointed shad rap #5 this Spring.

Also, what are your top three colors in raps?

Mine are blue/silver, black/silver, black/gold. I know, pretty dull - but that's what I know.

By the way, there's less than 7.7 million seconds until Walleye Opener! laugh

TB

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DonBo

Funny, I've never used a jointed bait except for trout/salmon. Don't know why.

Your colors have been some of my favorites as well although I might trade your black/gold for a firetiger. I also use more #7 and #9's than your #5 and #7's.

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hitthebricks

When trolling I'm not real woried about color and I tend to use larger sizes, 7,9,and 11s in the husky jerk,Tail dancer or original type or cranks that will dive deeper when pulled at higher speeds.

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Turk

Originals on the Croix

Jointed on the Mississippi.

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lunker33

On the croix I like to stick with rap Originals(long skinny ones) #9 and #11 brighter colors in turbid waters and more natural in clear water. As for jointed or nonjointed, I experiment till I find what is working that day.

Lunker

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kaptnkarl

Originals on the Croix

Jointed on the Mississippi.

i tried some jointed this fall with pretty good success.

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JBMasterAngler

I pretty much only use jointed now. Blue shad, black shad, and perch. Caught my biggest smallie, largemouth, walleye, pike, and perch on them last year.

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metro fisherman

I pretty much only use jointed now. Blue shad, black shad, and perch. Caught my biggest smallie, largemouth, walleye, pike, and perch on them last year.

Must have been one heck of a perch to hit on a jointed rap.

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JBMasterAngler

About 13 inches...surprised the heck out of me as I was expecting it to be a small largemouth. Perch colored crank coincidentally enough.

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TwoBear

Thanks for the responses. I look forward to pulling some of the jointed shad raps this year. I think I will do as others and try both the original and jointed versions and let the fish tell me what they want.

TB

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StCroixNewB

i've had that same thing happen a few times... perch and crappies both hitting fairly big crankbaits...

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Dale Rueber

This thread got me to thinking, I know that's dangerous but now I have a couple of questions:

What is the difference in the action between jointed and original shad raps?

Do the jointed give better action at slower speeds, higher speeds...?

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fishwater

The jointed's wobble is oriented more towards the head of the lure, while the shad has more of a tail wobble. The jointed is noisier too. I usually pump the jointed baits more, you can really feel the action with them.

My 3 most productive baits last year were the silver and chartreuse shad, blue shad jointed and a gold thunderstick.

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WalleyeChaser

Great now i have to go buy some more lures!! SHUCKS! I guess i never thought to try jointed on the river targeting eyes. I will definitly give them a try along with the three way rig technique. Im expanding my horizons this year. Jiggin works good but not all the time. Really lookin forward too it!! Bring on the open water

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