Like a ballerina in a flak jacket, the bait dances by a bass, triggering a vicious strike. Wham! The beast is hooked, fought, photographed, released. The angler checks the bait. Nary a dent. He hauls back on his rod, makes another cast. The bait pirouettes back onstage, unscathed.
So it goes for the BX Minnow
, one of Rapala’s new Balsa Xtreme hardbaits. It’s sister, the BX Swimmer, is another tough customer in a tutu, a pugilist with painted nails.