Having received my order of the Rapala Xrap Magnum 10 and 15, I am in a better position to understand
the pros and cons of these lures vis a vis the Australian lures normally used for trolling or casting.
The main drawback of the Rapala lures is, and always has been, their price.
Even on sale, I could not find them cheaper than A$23 per lure in either depth. In comparison, most
Australian lures are almost half their price when picked up on sale.
In terms of effectiveness, the Australian Classic Barras and the Halco Laser Pros (available in various depths upto 8m) have a proven track record in catching fish both in Australia and India.
However, the Australian lures do not go as deep as the Xrap Magnum .... I have used the Xrap 30 ft version effectively trolling for Spanish Mackerel on the Indian Ocean side of Australia, as well as for dogtooth tuna in Fiji.
Rapala have now come out with a 40ft depth version of the Xrap Magnum, although I have not used it.
As stated at the start of this article, the shallower Xrap Magnum Rapalas are a lot easier to troll if you are holding the rod in your hand as they have less resistance going through the water, compared to the larger crosssection of the Classic Barra lure. Presumably, the former will also be easier on the arm after
a prolonged session of spinning with the rod.
I have yet to test the cast and retrieve effectiveness of the shallower Rapala Magnums and I will be trying them out in a nearby bay which has a steep drop off from the land. Trying them out on the beaches is not a good idea, as Venkat has warned me that these lures get hung up in the sand.
Hopefully, I will catch something to report.