Wide-bodied crankbaits are a great way to catch big bass, but they aren’t all made the same. While most of them may look similar, they all have a unique set of characteristics that make them fish very differently. Rapala provided us with a DT Fat to review and I’ve found it to be an outstanding squarebill for 4 primary reasons.
• Runs true
• Color options
Swims straight at every speed
Burning a big squarebill through thick cover is a surefire way to get explosive reaction strikes. It’s pretty frustrating, however, to see your crankbait tracking to the side after a precise cast. The Rapala DT Fat doesn’t turn on its side or swim sideways, regardless of your retrieve speed. Even after hitting a piece of cover, it quickly rights itself and continues its straight course to the boat.
This has been very useful for me when skipping the DT Fat under docks. With this technique, a poorly tuned squarebill is likely to get snagged in a matter of seconds, but this crankbait allows me to carefully retrieve it around dock posts and boat lifts.
Floats slower than other squarebills
There are times where a slow-floating squarebill is beneficial. In cooler water, you are able to slowly reel the DT Fat without it floating to the surface. When using an ultra-slow retrieve, many crankbaits turn into a wakebait, but Rapala gave this bait the ability to swim slowly while maintaining its maximum depth.
Although it’s not as buoyant as other squarebills, the DT Fat still plows through the thickest cover with ease. A short pause is all you need to bring it through nasty laydowns, chunk rocks or dense vegetation.
Hard to break, even after a few mishaps
If you fish enough docks, you’re going to crack a few squarebills along the way. After several trips with the DT Fat, I still haven’t been able to break it. I’ve hit both docks and chunk rock with it and it’s yet to show any signs of cracking, separating or chipping. You can have the best squarebill in the world, but it won’t do you any good if it can’t stand up to everyday abuse.
Also beneficial, the DT Fat doesn’t need constant tuning after hard collisions with cover—it will still run true.
Both classic and new colors available
Rapala has made the DT Fat available in their time-tested colors, including the incredibly productive Hot Mustard color. If you prefer trying newer colors, Elite Series pro Mike Iaconelli has developed some killer colors for Rapala, including Ike’s Mardi Gras and Ike’s Demon. These colors are exclusive to Rapala and are effective in a wide range of situations.
The color schemes not only look awesome, but they hold up well, too. Throughout testing, the DT Fat has been very resistant to chipping and hook rash.
If you’re looking for a way to make your squarebill stand out, consider getting your hands on some Rapala DT Fats. Priced at $8.49, they’re workhorse squarebills that will catch some big bass this spring.