Rapala Ike's Custom Ink DT Series Crankbaits
Every tattoo tells a story. The "ink," as the street calls these permanent markings, are individual works of art, indeed. Artisan bass angler Mike “Ike” Iaconelli has offered his unique talents to assist in the development of a masterpiece series of lures that are destined for tournament success - the Rapala Ike's Custom Ink DT Series Crankbaits.
There are three key traits that make the Rapala Ike's Custom Ink DT-Series more natural and more fresh-to-the-fish than anything else with treble hooks and a bill.
First, it’s their purposefully muted colors. Before these baits came along, Ike used to "bake them in the sun" on his Toyota’s dashboard, even line his windowsills with baits for months to get that lifelike, muted skin tone. Typical crankbait colors, says Ike, sometimes need to be toned down, made more subtle to mirror reality. The subtler colors can be fantastically effective when bass aren’t attacking conventional patterns, too.
Next, Ike had Rapala polish the finishes like the translucent candy apple red on a ’57 Chevy. Pearly finishes are native to numerous baitfish species, namely shad.
And for the third pivotal ingredient, Ike went super sparkly… with glitter. Not just any glitter, but super fine sprinkles that actually add depth to the appearance of the lure. Tediously worked into the final cosmetics of Ike's Custom Ink DT-Series, the reflective dust particles again aimed to emulate actual baitfish.
Click Here to check out video of 2003 Bassmaster Classic Champ and Rapala pro, Michael "Ike" Iaconelli discussing the new custom colors he created for the Rapala Ike's Custom Ink DT Series Crankbaits.
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Comments: Crankin'is at its best in a wind blown environment. And these are one of if not the best cranks to throw into a head wind. Great castability, pick up one and give it a try. Like a bullet.
From: Travis: NC 12/14/15
Comments: These are my favorite crankbaits all year long.
From: Michael: USA 6/29/15
Comments: Great bait and for you lip busters its BALSA you cant slap the water to clean bait off. Glad you wont buy anymore means more for me!!!!
From: Crank Master: NC
Comments: Best crankbait. Been very durable for me. I have NEVER broke a bill fishing. Only one that did break...was bounced off the outboard. Colors hold up great, and its weighted much better than the KVD series. Easier to cast and dives immediately.
Comments: its funny to me that all these guys are complaining about bills breaking, i had one break, i smacked it against my trolling motor, but i've never ever had one break from using it, much less from a bass tearing the bill out. i had one that i caught way over a 100 on, i finally lost it to a 30lb gar and besides how long do u want a crankbait to last about two trips and the bill's all chewed up anyway.
Comments: I really like this bait. I've used the 6 & 10 a lot this year with great success. Always have one tied on and when the fishing gets tough, these produce when nothing else does. It's saved the day for me on a couple occasions. I've used the same two baits all year and haven't had any durability or breaking issues. I'll be buying more.
Comments: Balsa cracks at the nose, bill pulls out. Contacted Rapala and they blew me off. Way to may good durable crank baits available to put up with this. The day of disposable crank baits is over. Nice action, nice paint. Break on the first trip. Done with Rapala.
From: Roger: Lafayette, LA
Comments: amazing bait love the Caribbean shad color. they run great and I have caught lots of fish on it
From: Tyler: Titus, AL
Comments: pay no heed to the reviews putting this bait down. this thing rocks,none like it.
From: Joe: PHX, AZ
Comments: first off I'm a huge fan of ike. I figured I would try one. Worst bait ever. Never caught anything on it and the freakin lip busted off. Being 15 I can't afford to fish tourneys and buy crap lures. Don't bother buying this bait get a kvd 1.5 or a 6th sense crush.
Comments: THE BEST OF THE DT SERIES EVER!! the colors on these make a big difference in catching some nice bass!! First day out with the smash color pattern, I boated 9 largemouth bass and one pike!!! Fishing the DT 14 made a big difference for me!! Total weight of 9 bass was 28 lbs. That's really good in michigan!! Thank you IKE for putting these out for rapala!!
From: mrbond007: East Lansing, MI
Comments: Got the 10 in blue back herring and it works great in the local lakes, not the best for the river though.
From: Austin: St. Johns River, FL
Comments: Blue Back is the bomb!!!! Sweet color
From: Michael: Albany, GA
Comments: I have used the crankbait for the past 2 months and all I can say is that it will put fish in the boat. I wish Rapala would make the DT 20 in some of the colors. Come on and help us out Rapala.
From: HB: SC
Comments: Bought the DT 10, great bait. Casts well for its size, gets to depth quickly and stays there. Having that extra stinger style hook helps a ton when it comes to catching em, even though all the fish ive had on it wanted the whole bait.By a couple, youll be glad you did.
From: Erik: Land O 10,000
Comments: These baits are the bomb! Doing great with the blue back herring color in the DT-6 just bought the Mardi Gras color can't wait to give it a try! Thanks Ike!!
From: Zach: IN
Comments: The bass love them in a pressured lake, and they get down to depth quickly. The bill is not as strong as I would like, and I changed out the hooks.
From: David: IA
Comments: The Smash and Old School is my favorite. Thank god for the one EWG on the back hook
Comments: Just got my 2 DT-16's in Smash. One has glitter on the back, one doesn't. C'mon Rapala, you're better than that!
From: Kyle: MN
Comments: These are great looking cranks. love me the carribean shad and disco shad. the only bad thing is that the fish inhale them and they can be tough to get unhooked
From: G Man, IA
Comments: These colors look a lot nicer when there actually in front of you. Picked up a couple of these and hoping i have great success with them
Comments: love these colors, and they look like they will produce like crazy, but I really really wish that Rapala included the DT thug, and DT fat 1 and 3 in the Ike's custom ink series of colors, not just the DT 4-16. I mean at least add the DT 20.