Rabid Baits of Poultney, Vermont, manufactures four unique soft-plastic finesse baits that are adorned with rabbit zonkers.
They are the Darter, Goby, Rapid Craw, and Shaker Worm.
This detailed gear guide focuses upon their Darter.
It is 3 1/8 inches long, which is an ideal size in the eyes of scores of Midwest finesse anglers.
There are about 30 species of Percina darters, and 13 of them can be found in Midwestern waterways. The other 17 abide in eastern Canada and United States. There are about 90 species of Etheostoma darters in North America and about 30 of them can be found in waterways in the central portions of the U.S. The majority of darters are bottom-oriented creatures, but there are some that abide above the bottom and around patches of submerged aquatic vegetation.
Rabid Baits’ Darter is an extremely abstract rendition of these 120 darter species.
The snout of its head is somewhat shaped like a pig’s nose, which is a characteristic of several of the Percina darters. It possesses a significant indentation with a width of 1/4-inch, a height of 1/4-inch and a circumference of 1 1/4 inches.
Each side of the first 1 13/16 inches of its torso is embellished with 10 significant ribs or segments. The distance between each rib is about 1/8-inch.
Its dorsal area of this portion of the Darter’s torso is significantly indented. This indentation is 1 1/2 inches long. The middle portions of this indentation are more substantial than they are around its anterior and posterior areas. At 3/4-inch from the tip of its nose and situated between ribs number five and six, the dorsal’s indentation is endowed with a delicate assemblage of rabbit fur, which creates a unique dorsal fin. The fur extends about 1 1/4 inches above the dorsal area.
On each side of the torso and at rib number four, it is graced with a cluster of rabbit fur, creating a pectoral fin. Each fin is about one inch long.
The ventral area is endowed with the same indentation as its dorsal possesses, but it is devoid of a rabbit-fur fin.
At rib number one, the torso’s width is 7/16-inch with a height of 3/8-inch and a circumference of 1 3/8 inches.
At ribs number five and six, the circumference is 1 5/8 inches with a width of about 1/2-inch and a height of 3/8-inch.
At rib number 10, the width is 5/16-inch with a height of about 3/16-inch and a circumference of about 1 1/16 inches.
The configuration of the final 1 7/16 inches of the Darter becomes flat and thin. Its epidermis is smooth. At the junction of this section to the ribbed section, its flat dorsal and ventral areas are about 5/16-inch wide and each side is about 1/8-inch high. At 1/4-inch from that junction, the width slims down to 3/16-inch. An anatomist might describe this area of the Darter as its caudal-peduncle section, which is the smallest portion of a fish’s torso, and it also possesses the junction with a fish’s tail fin, which an anatomist calls the caudal fin.
The Darter’s caudal fin is paddle-shaped, and it is about 1 1/16 inches long with a width of about 1/2-inch at its widest spot, which is situated at 7/16-inch from the tip of the tail.
They are manufactured in the following colors: Chartreuse, Erie, Ghost, Green Pumpkin Orange, Mud Puppy, and St. Lawrence.
Some Darters are buoyant, and some are neutrally buoyant.
The three rabbit-fur fins are hand-tied and securely embedded and anchored inside the Darter’s torso.