Rapala DT Series Crankbait
The Rapala DT Series lures, designed by crankbait authority David Fritts, dive fast and stay in the strike zone longer than any other crankbait on the market. The DT Series crankbaits have accounted for numerous tournament wins and record catches in the DT's first year, attesting to its design and fish-catching function. The Rapala DT Series lures are made from the top seven percent of select balsa wood. Perfectly consistent wood combined with carefully placed internal weights, a tapered fuselage and a thin tail creates an incredible crankbait action found only in the DT Series.
The Rapala DT20 Crankbaits feature a weight in the bill to help maximize diving depth.
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Comments: I'm new to the crankbait world but after reading some reviews bought a couple. I only have 4-5 different colors but out of those I can say that the Bluegill DT6 has never left me skunked. I have it in a few sizes and last four trips its been my go to when things aren't working & I also get a fish. With all the good I also have some bad I did have a lip bust off one but since lure floats I got it back. All in all I am happy with this purchase if you are thinking about trying one go for Bluegill. Its worked in clear and stained water for me
From: Jeremiah: Wichita, KS 3/26/16
Comments: I've used the DT series for years because they are a great crank bait. I can also say that the quality has dropped over the years. The lip has become too brittle & takes little nothing to cause them to snap. I have moved on to Spro's lil john series of crank baits. Spro is more expensive but the quality is much better than the DT series.
From: Jason: VA 12/14/15
Comments: There a time and place that most cranks excel. I am a huge fan of several brands. Most are plastic. However, the subtleness of the DT series makes this lure effective in a wide range of temps. All DTs have this special swagger. The DT 6 is such a work horse for me & the flats and fats are near & dear at certain times. When they are passing on your old stand by cranks, don't move your boat before trying a DT series. If your slapping balsa lures, you need more help than any of us can give you.
From: Butch: Champion, OH 11/6/15
Comments: I love the DT series. Have caught a lot of fish off of them, especially in the bluegill color. Haven't had any durability issues and I pound these off rip rap and rip them through grass. They cast a long ways for their weight, and actually run about 2 feet deeper than advertised on a long cast with fluorocarbon.
From: Tyler: Grand Junction, CO 5/23/15
Comments: The DT line up of crankbaits, are my go to crankbaits.These baits are all made out of balsa wood, and vmc hooks. They are a little lighter than I prefer, but still catches fish. My favorite color is the pearl gray shiner in the DT 6 size. I have never had a bill break on one of these baits, and I have used these many times. great baits !!
From: Mitch: MN 2/5/15
Comments: Rapala has done it again! Great line up of baits. I normally fish the DT4 and DT6, and they work great, never had any trouble with the hooks, and these baits are not expensive for crankbaits. The balsa wood in the baits is also nice. I like the pearl gray shiner color 5/5 GREAT baits, highly recommend
From: Mitch: MN 1/4/15
Comments: Look, I bought these cranks when they first came out. Had the problem with the bills breaking off. called the company Rep...got the info about not slappin the lures on the water to clean them, but they also changed some things in the way they made the lure. I have one that I used JB Weld to put back together and it has never broken since. In my opinion, there is no other crank bait that will do to small mouth and large mouth what the DT-series will do. I currently hold a B.A.S.S. record for the biggest large mouth caught in one tournament's history, and it was on the DT series crank.
From: Carlos: OH 12/31/14
Comments: I discovered these JUST before ole Randy won the classic on them. Yeah, size 6. It's a sick little crankbait that gets down there. No durability issues for me, but that doesn't mean they don't happen. Stop slapping your baits on the water to clear em, first off.
From: Jay6: USA 9/23/14
Comments: These lures are great. Durable, casts well, hooks are good, paint/finish is durable, Made of Balsa wood so it has great buoyancy. I've caught them on the dt 14 and dt 16. Parrot and Bleeding olive shiner are great. Not real sure who the guy below is referring to. Who is SAM?Either way he doesn't seem to know what he's talking about. Rapala makes a great product.
From: Tim: TX 9/16/14
Comments: This lure is garbage. I ordered one from Sam and it had multiple problems. The main problem was that the hooks were inside out. I've tried to contact Sam through phone and email and I haven't gotten anything back yet. It's been 4 months now. Waste of money and horrible customer service. Spend your money elsewhere.
Comments: I've used the DT-10 in the Bluegill color to crank the deeper parts of my local lake. It is very well sized and casts well. I also like the SureSet hooks. Very solid bait.
From: Ethan: Charlottesville, VA
Comments: I beat these things to death and never had a problem with them breaking. I fish in lakes with rock and grass using DT 20-16-10 and ware out the fish
From: Dave: Columbia MD
Comments: I fish deep highland impoundments without grass and I can barely get a good day of cranking in without breaking at least one. I like the dt series but I'll stick with the xd's. cheaper too.
From: Robby: Knoxville TN
Comments: These are great. The bill has not broken. I've caught a 6lb bass on it which is the biggest bass I've caught
From: Tom: FL
Comments: The DT series have been more consistent than other Rapala's I have fished in the past. They are apparently so realistic that crappie bite them. Found a few crappie holes with these baits due to braid and G Loomis rods. I must add I have never broken a lip.
From: Hank: Hurst, TX
Comments: I have been fishing the DT's for several years and like the bait...however the bills will break pretty easy. It was not from salpping the water with the bait or abuse. The sad part is that I lost fish due to the bill breakage! The slapping of the bait on the water to clear grass is a factor with some breakage however; not everyone out there using them are slapping the water. The bill should be redesigned in my opinion. I no longer use the DT's due to this problem.
From: Bill: Batesville, AR
Comments: I troll these all the time, with a heck of a lot of bottom bouncing with braid line. I believe in over 5 years I have broken one plastic lip. These are about my favorite for deep diving (DT16) and the only problem I ever have is with the hooks bending on snags (not fish). Strike King 6XB will dive deeper, but the fish seem to prefer the action on the DT16s.
From: Scott: Raleigh, NC
Alright, let's put this issue to rest about the bill...99% of you that are breaking the bills are slappin the water with it to get the grass off, and if you had talked to the company rep as I have, he'd tell you, I'm going to tell you, and nearly every tackle shop owner in the area will tell you don't slap the water with the DT...it's balsa wood glued to a plastic pin. I won't take that type of abuse, and that is the right word, abuse!!! If you pick it off it will last longer than your line can hold it. Now I have never found any other crank I'd rather throw than the dt series... nuff said believe what you want, but I challenge you to stop hitting it and see hold long it will last. I win tournaments with the DT because of the suspending nature of the bait.
From: Cliff: Columbus, OH
Comments: I like this bait. It has a unique rattle with the balsa construction, and a nice wobble to it. It sucks for fishing grass, but is good at deflecting rock and brush. However...these baits have the weakest bill I've seen. Which is why I won't fish them in grass. I've broken 3 of these baits over time, all at the base of the bill when I was ripping them out of grass beds or slapping them lightly on the surface to remove grass. I guess its good they are $5, but it still sucks to lose a bait to shoddy QC standards. That said, this is still a good bait to have if you are fishing rock or brush.
Comments: Shad has been my best color. It will catch anything that swims. Hooks are ultra sharp and bait holds up great bashing it against rocks. At 5.99, its a homerun.
From: Alex: NC
Comments: How well do this crankbaits deflect off rocks when casting them? Thanks
Comments: I like the DT16 for summer cranking. It is a high quality bait. I use 12 pound flourocarbon line. Works well on Jordan Lake, NC and Falls Lake, NC. Pearl Grey Shiner works very well.
From: Dan: Cary, NC
Comments: I've had nothing but success with these, from the DT-4 to DT-6 and DT-10. The SureSet rear hooks tend to snag more than regular trebles, and I've bent a bunch of 'em in the rocks. That's the only negative. Just replace them, no sweat.
From: Erik: Bakersfield, CA
Comments: another Rapala bait that hasn't produced for me. All I hear about are dudes losing fish cuz the bill breaks. Ive actually found one floating in the lake without the bill. Save your duckets and buy something that works. Um, NORMAN comes to mind.
From: meaWAd: hurricane alley
Comments: this is a great crankbait i've done real good with the dt10 parrot has gotten to be my go to bait. runs really well. your not suppose to hit your crankbait on the water to get grass off of them anyway will cause them break or run out of tune no matter what brand.
From: Chris: AL
Comments: DO not slap agasint water to get weeds off broke of so many bills doing this and catching fish ill stick with strike king kvd series
From: Jacob: Monona, WI
Comments: I have a couple of DT 4's and one DT 6. In January I was catching them with the DT4 in the blue shad color. These cranks work great.
From: FireTiger: California Delta
Comments: Best crankbait for me period. For the last 2 years of local tournament fishing here in Oklahoma, this bait has affectionately been nicknamed "Old Faithful" by myself and my fishing partner. The parrot, red craw, and shad colors have won/placed more tournaments for us than any other lure in our arsenals. Multiple 3lb to 6lb largemouth bass are the norm when these lures are tied on. Very durable, and never need tuning, the DT6 has been the best for me.
From: Jason: Broken Arrow, OK
Comments: i own several dt6's and dt10's and have had success with both sizes. they are very realistic looking baits, and have pretty good action. i have noticed the bills are a tad flimsy, but i have never broken one off to date. i am somewhat careful to try not to run them into rocks, trees, etc. for fear that they may break. either way, they are solid producers for me.
From: Dan: WV
Comments: This is an overall good lure. Lip hasnt broke yet and dark crawdad color catches fish.
From: Noah: Sioux Center, IA
Comments: The DT series let you know the running depth and the variety of sizes allows switching lures to cover different depth ranges. The bassÕs primary bait fish forage in the lake I frequent is bluegill and the Bluegill color DT is very realistic and effective, running true whether slow cranked or burned. If visibility is on the lower side, I go with the slightly brighter Shad color.
From: Vince: Tucson, AZ
Comments: I would agree with the other comments that the quality of the bill is not the greatest. Ive had many of them explode which really makes you mad that you spent that money. however, i have caught far more walleye and smallies which exceed the bad. i would recommend them just watch where your casting. if you bank it off the wall during a catch or pitching your going to be using a bill as bait and thats it!!!
From: Scott: Upstate NY
Comments: This Rapala DT Blue Gill is one of the best crank bait lure I've used so far. Anywhere I go from lakes, ponds, and rivers was a gauranteed hit. These largemouth bass love em! As soon as you cast out, reel it in fast and pause for a few sec than jerk it. The bass would go nuts!
From: Pao: Atlanta, GA
Comments: That crankbaits is great for walleye and northern pike. I do have between 140- 160 of the DT 16. Of course it happens that they stuck in between the rocks, but I had none of them breaking up.
From: Lutz: Osnabrueck, Germany
Comments: went fishing for tiger musky,s with these lures they just flat out work awesome but did have 5 get off but big fish do that its just part of the game
From: Bob: Rochester, NY
Comments: I have had great success with this crankbait. I think the action and finish of the bait is spot-on. However, I have never had a crankbait break in half, or have the bill break off--like I have with the DT-10's. I have had at leat 6 of these baits break just by slapping them on the water to get off muck or grass. I also have never had a crankbait hang in rocks as bad as these do. Lost two this past weekend, when I can throw a Norman or a Storm in the same rock and loose zero baits. These are good baits, but something about the position of the line tie, or the design of the bill makes them hang in rocks like no other. Even lost two lure knockers trying to shake them free.
From: Brad: Texas, USA
Comments: I use to love any rapala crankbait, but after I have used these i was very disappointed, not because of the action or fish catching ability, but simpley of the poor qualty. I have had a number of them breaking or just bursting. I just wish rapala would start making them with with wire running trough them again.... will never buy one again... norman lures and strike king are much much better.....
From: Ben: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Comments: I was up on Table Rock Lake on 10/12/2010 and caught a largemouth @6lb 10oz. and a 4lb 3oz. smallie using the shad color crankbait! Some of the best crankbaits in my boat! Several other Kentuckys were caught on this bait as well.
From: Michael: Ripley, TN
Comments: This is a great crankbait for both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. I have caught several largemouth in the 5lb range on the bluegill color. The action on these crankbaits is great. These are my go to crankbaits.
From: Edward: Las Cruces, NM
Comments:Best crankbait for the money. The DT series have great action and finish. The best performing bait in my tackle box season after season. Other baits such as Fat Free Shads, Bandit and Manns don't come close.
From:Cam: Peoria, IL