Rapala BX series lures: tooth-proof balsa beauty

George Thwaites • May 5, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Balsa wood, that perennial favorite of airplane modelers, has long been highly prized as material to make solid-bodied fishing lures. Balsa is certainly strong for its weight and the natural buoyancy of balsa retains a mystique among many anglers. The downside: balsa generally doesn't hold up well to being repeatedly chewed upon by toothy fish.

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.

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