Long Cast Minnow

February 9, 2009 by  

By Nick Simonson

Technology! Isn’t it grand?

Today’s advancements have not only improved the way we fish, but the way we live life.Though GPS and sonar may be the first ideas in many people’s minds when it comes to fishing technology, today’s topic is a much simpler aspect of the sport, yet it is the key to all fishing – the lure.

More specifically, it is the Long Cast Minnow by Rapala. This lure, throughout the spring fishing season, has presented and proven itself to be the smoothest and farthest casting lure with that wounded-minnow action ever designed.

Einar Bratteng of Sandefjord, Norway with his first largemouth bass, which he caught on a Rapala Long Cast Minnow.

Einar Bratteng of Sandefjord, Norway with his first largemouth bass, which he caught on a Rapala Long Cast Minnow.

On a recent trip to a small North Dakota lake, it was discovered that the big bass were holding a great distance from shore, and only the small bass were located near the water’s edge. Needless to say, Einar, the one angler in the group, who purchased the Long Cast Minnow, hooked up with a greater number of quality fish, and landed more fish than the rest of us.The primary reason behind his great success and our limited showing was his ability to access the water that our lures could not touch. The Long Cast Minnow in hot chub color was the hero of the day when it came to catching those bigger bass. Sure, the rest of us threw spinnerbaits, stick baits and jigs, but even if those lures did reach the areas where the fish were holding, the number of strikes was greatly reduced.

No implement in our tackle boxes posessed both the distance of the Long Cast Minnow and that fish triggering action that Rapala lures are famous for.The primary mechanism responsible for the extended castability of the Long Cast Minnow is a weight transfer system that engages when the lure is thrown from the rod. By shifting the weight of the lure from front to back, the lure is pulled through the air with greater force. When the inertia of the cast has ceased, that is when the lure hits the water, the weights shift back into position designed specifically for the retrieve. The weight stays locked with a special locking pin which allows the minnow to be ripped or twitched on the retrieve without spoiling the action of the minnow or resetting the weight. The Long Cast’s action is comparable to that of the Rapala Husky Jerk or Original Floating Minnow. The long, curved, baitfish profile can also be twitched and paused like a jerkbait producing even more strike-triggering action.

A couple examples of the Long Cast Minnow.

A couple examples of the Long Cast Minnow.

The Long Cast covers depths of 1-5 feet and is great in spring when the weed lines are just becoming established. By working the lure over weed beds, rock shoals, and other shallow flats, anglers can cover a larger area of water quickly and identify spots where fish are holding.The Rapala Long Cast is a must have for all anglers who plan on doing some shore fishing, which is most likely all fishermen at some point in their careers. When mobility and casting area are restricted, the Long Cast can give any shore angler more casting area than before with a great fish catching action. Furthermore, for boat fishermen focused on schooling fish near the surface, such as white bass, the Long Cast allows them to target these schools from a greater distance, lowering the risk of spooking these sometimes skiddish fish.

The Long Cast Minnow comes in ten colors and runs four-and-a-half inches in length, big enough to catch even the smallest fishes’ eyes. So pick up a Long Cast or two and cover more water, the next time you find yourself on the shores in our outdoors.


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