WHAT IS IT?
Rapala DT-8 Crankbait
WHAT SETS IT APART?
What could be better than the balsa-carved Rapala DT-6? A similar version that reaches two more feet. Let Bassmaster Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle describe what sets it apart. “I love a DT-6, but sometimes if I’m trying to hit a particular target, I need to throw way past it, reel the bait pretty fast to get it there and then finesse it across it.” The DT-8 allows him to make long casts, get the bait to the bottom and slow it down. To precisely imitate regional baitfish forage species throughout the nation, the DT-8 is available in 39 patterns. It weighs 3/8 ounce; is armed with No. 5 VMC black-nickel, round-bend hooks; and features an internal baritone rattle. Like other DT models, it’s hand-tuned and tank-tested to run perfect, right out of the box.
HOW DO I USE IT?
The DT-8 is essentially a DT-6 body hot-rodded with an extended deeper-diving bill. The bottom line is the DT-8 is a smaller profile crankbait ideal for cooler water temperatures. The balsa wood bait swims with a tight wobble that also enables it to back out of shallow cover. The new DT will be deadly during early spring when water temperatures are in the 50s, the water is stained and you need to reach the 8-foot strike zone that is commonly used by prespawn bass.
We wanted it, and Rapala answered the call to fill in a void at a critical depth that we need to penetrate especially during spring. Like Swindle pointed out, the DT-8 allows you to get further distance on the bottom, enlarging the strike zone coverage area.