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For well over ten years now I have been using the Rago Rat and it is by far one of the easiest swimbaits to use and highly effective. Long over due, here’s my Original Rago Rat Lure Review.

BannerCompany: Rago Baits

Lure: Original Rago Rat

Color: Brown

Rago BaitWeight: 1.7 Ounces

Length: (Body 4 1/2″)(Tail 4 1/2″)

Lure Speed: Slow-Medium

Composite: Hard Resin

Sink Rate: Floater

MSRP: $18.99

MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Original Rago Rat

Original Rago Rat

The body of the Original Rago Rat is 4 1/2″ and the tail is 4  1/2″ with a weight of  1.7 ounces this little bait casts like a dream. It is built from very buoyant hard resin  which keeps the Rat on the surface. When Rago Baits made the very first Rago Rats they were made out of wood which and were about 1/4 ounce heavier and sat in the water perfectly to make a beautiful surface V-wake.

Hard Plastic Lip

Hard Plastic Lip

The Rago Rat has a small hard plastic lip which helps to pull the Rats first section just under the surface, while the second section of the Rat wakes the surface.

Soft Plastic Tail

Soft Plastic Tail

The tail of the Original Rago Rat is made from soft plastic and works in a S-motion behind the Rat to tease any bass watching into biting.

Single Joint Rat

Single Joint Rat

The single joint of the Rago Rat makes a knocking sound in the water from the front, and rear sections hitting together while the Rat is swimming and this is a great noise attractor to the bait in dirty water, or low light conditions.

The Rago Rat only has one treble hook on the first section which works out perfect to help give the second section more freedom.

 

Below is a small video of the Original Rago Rat in action:

 

 

Pros: Very compact durable wake bait,  cast good in windy conditions. The joint makes a great knocking sound to attract bass as well a soft plastic tail for a teaser. The lip is built into the bait to survive shore, or rock hits. Hinge is built to handle very large stripers, and the eyelets are heavy duty with a 100lb. split ring to hold the hook on with the big fish.

 

Cons: Tail does come off and is difficult to reattach in the field, make sure you have a few extra when you go out on the water with a tooth pick to help reattach one.

 

 

Mike Long

Mike Long, is well known for monster bass, like the 20.12 oz largemouth bass taken from Dixon Lake in 2001. That fish put him at number ten on the world record list, but it wasn’t his only large fish. He is among a handful of bass fisherman with hundreds of fish over 10 lbs to his credit.

2 comments on “Review: Original Rago Rat

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Randy Williams on December 18, 2012 9:26 am

That bait looks like it would really work in the Northern California Delta on Largemouths as well as big Stripers.

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Tim on December 18, 2012 12:07 pm

Are the tails easily replaced with readily available plastic worms and the like?

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