Northeast Tennessee has lots of black bass and stripers, true, but we also have some toothy game fish: trout, walleye and (occasionally) muskies.
Rapala has come up with an answer: the New BX series, featuring the BX Swimmer and BX Minnow.
Both lures stay true to Rapala roots. But the balsa wood cores are protected by a durable copolymer shell “for unmatched toughness and incredible finishes” say Rapala spokesmen.
The jointed BX Swimmer features an articulated body that harnesses a durable pivot system, producing a slow-sinking bait with a methodical swimming action. The BX Minnow is the classic minnow bait configuration. These are baits for big fish: the BX Swimmer is 4¾ inches long (3/4 ounce) and the BX Minnow is 4 inches long (3/8 ounce).
Colors currently available include Blue Back Herring, Blue Pearl, Firetiger, Gold Shiner, Perch, Purpledescent, Rainbow Trout, Silver, Smelt and Yellow Perch.
These are good-looking baits, boys and girls. And if the copolymer shell does what it's supposed to do, they'll stay good-looking for a long time. MSRP is $9.99 to $11.99.