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Since catching the majority of this years trout on suspending lures I have added a few more to my gear. I tied a new xrap that I got today onto a new rod/reel combo and stepped to pond behind house to see how it threw. On my second cast I caught a small crappie,. So if this thing works as good on the trout I maybe able to out a few in the boat!!!!! Water Plant Reptile Lake Cloud
 

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So if this thing works as good on the trout I maybe able to out a few in the boat!!!!!
It does....they suspend great and work very well on coldwater specks. Cast it out as far as you can and give it two or three cranks to get it down. (xrap has a lip on it, unlike 17's or twitchin raps.) Pause it for 5-10 seconds and give it very light twitches. The lure has a seductive wobble on the twitch. 98% of the time, the bite will come on the pause so be ready. And be aware that in the absence of current, an xrap will actually float to the surface. In essence it is a lipped floating minnow. Take the hooks off and she floats like a cork. Love that bait! The only downside is that it is very light, so it can be hard to cast. I use a 1000 series with 6 lb. braid and 10 lb. flouro for them and other small lures such as the yo-zuri 3D minnow. That glass ghost color is good in clear or stained water, and the gold for muddier conditions.
 

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This one is a xr10, was only one I seen so didn't really look at size just depth trying to keep in the 3-6' depth. One of the trout I filleted the other day had a spine from a fish with out head or tail that was about 4" long so in sure they will eat a bait this size.
 

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It does....they suspend great and work very well on coldwater specks. Cast it out as far as you can and give it two or three cranks to get it down. (xrap has a lip on it, unlike 17's or twitchin raps.) Pause it for 5-10 seconds and give it very light twitches. The lure has a seductive wobble on the twitch. 98% of the time, the bite will come on the pause so be ready. And be aware that in the absence of current, an xrap will actually float to the surface. In essence it is a lipped floating minnow. Take the hooks off and she floats like a cork. Love that bait! The only downside is that it is very light, so it can be hard to cast. I use a 1000 series with 6 lb. braid and 10 lb. flouro for them and other small lures such as the yo-zuri 3D minnow. That glass ghost color is good in clear or stained water, and the gold for muddier conditions.
You better have a Smooth drag when you hook into that 8 or 9 pound slaunch with 6 lb test!
 

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I can't say anything from experience about a 9 pound trite, but I would think that unless you know there's a solid hook in the roof of the mouth you wouldn't want to put much more than 6# of pressure. I've pulled off enough 20-22" fish to know that too much pressure is not a good thing.
 
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Yeah I have no doubt you can whip a big trout on six pound. But, like I said you better have a very smooth drag and absolutely no structure. Had 2 structure induced break offs on Monday with 6lb test. Mono tho. Panfishin ultralight tackle. Not usually too much structure too worry about when trout fishing although at times a dock could prove to be a bit of a problem.
 

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Honestly I haven't touched mono in years. True words said by trigger22... 8 pound braid, and a couple feet of 12 or 15 pound flourocarbon leader can do alot more than one would think. Very lightweight. Plus it casts a mile in the wind. Just don't go trolling for wahoo or anything, or it definitely could let you down
 
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