Rapala DT 16 Crankbaits
The Rapala DT 16 Crankbait has long been the go to for bass fishermen due to the lures' consistent diving depths, seductive action and quality components. Anglers have long chosen the DT series for all of their cranking needs from the ultra shallow DT4 all the way out to 20 plus feet employing the DT20 - and all depths in between. The DT (Dives-To) series of crankbaits, dive fast to their determined depth and stay in the “strike zone” longer than any than other crankbait on the market. Constructed from the top seven percent of balsa wood, this consistently perfect wood combined with carefully placed internal weights, tapered fuselage and thin tail design creates the ultimate crankbait action, found only in the Rapala DT series. Ultra-thin polycarbonate lip digs the bait down quickly to desired depth. Swimming with a side-to-side action only balsa crankbaits can achieve, the DT cranks deep, yet pulls with ease. Perfectly weighted to rest in a “quick-dive” nose down position allowing for immediate descent to desired depth, the DT can be easily cast 150 feet. Simply put, the farther the cast, the longer the bait stays in the strike zone. It's the most effective way to cover more water and catch more fish. Internal baritone rattle is tuned for best sound performance.
As the name suggests, the DT16 dives to 16 feet making it a deep crankbait that can produce year around when bass are relating to deeper water such as ledges, humps and rockpiles. Of all the DT series crankbaits, the DT16 is perhaps best known for its prowess during the dead of summer. When bass make their way out to their summer haunts, they often school up in areas where current brings them their food sources. This can mean 100's of bass on one structural element and the feeding frenzy can be incredible due to the competition. Of all the lures used on the storied Tennessee River lakes, the Rapala DT16 is probably the most often employed tool for catching big offshore bass. Oft cited as the primary lure of tournament winners and a favorite of recreational anglers as well. The consistent diving depth and wide wobbling of the DT16 are hard to beat. The great lakes region is another region this deep diving crankbait has excelled. Smallmouth are notorious for their crankbait affinity and of all the choices out there, the DT16 seems to be the overwhelming favorite. Because the season is significantly shorter in that area, deep diving crankbaits are very popular throughout the shortened May - October fishing period.
We offer the Rapala DT 16 Crankbaits in a number of excellent colors including including Ike's Custom creations. Length: 2 3/4" Weight: 3/4oz.
Ike's DT Crankbait Colors
The DT16 Crankbaits feature several color patterns hand selected by Bassmaster Pro Mike "Ike" Iaconelli. Those who follow bass fishing, know Ike is one of a kind and his custom color DT crankbaits are equally unique featuring aggressive patterns that offer a level of detail never before seen in the Rapala line.The Rapala DT Series of Ike's Custom Ink series features color patterns that he had always wanted his favorite Rapala DT crankbaits to come in. As Ike explains, “I’m used to giving baits my own personal touch, tweaking them.” Now those oh-so-special modifications come right out-of-the-box from Rapala in the Custom Ink Series. There are three key traits: first, it’s their purposefully muted colors. Ike used to “bake them in the sun” on his trucks dashboard to get that life-like, muted skin tone. The subtler colors can be unbelievably effective when bass aren’t attacking conventional patterns.
Next, Ike had Rapala polish the finishes like the translucent candy apple red on a ’57 Chevy for a natural, pearly finish. 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. One of Ike's secrets is all about “using something different, something unique to catch more fish.” Ike's Custom Ink DT’s are all that and more. All come with premium VMC SureSet tail hook and black nickel belly hook. Each lure is hand-tuned and tank-tested to swim perfectly right out of the box.
Rapala DT 16 Crankbait Features:
- Classic DT® Lure Actions
- Muted Body Colors
- Translucent Pearly Finish
- Super Fine Glitter
- Preset Diving Depths
- Black Nickel VMC® Hooks
- Hand Tuned & Tank Tested