Rapala Skitter Walk vs. Rapala Skitter V (Plus Underwater Footage)
By: Joe Simonds on March 9, 2017
It’s Rapala Skitter Time!
In particular, I am going to review the new Rapala Skitter V and compare it to the popular Rapala Skitter Walk lure.
Why Topwater Lures?
Topwater lures are by far one of the most exciting lures to catch fish on due to the aggressive strikes they produce.
Watching a fish destroy a lure on the surface never gets old.
In addition, top water lures are fairly simple to use.
There is no tried and true retrieval technique aside from the fact that you just twitch the bait back to you. How fast, how slow, and how many pauses you make during the retrieve will greatly determine if, and when, you get that explosion on your lure.
You just have to get on the water and experiment with it and see what is most effective on the day you are out.
Rapala “Updates” Their Famous Skitter Walk
Rapala has tweaked their famous topwater plug known as the “Skitter Walk” to add some extra action to the lure.
Instead of a traditional “round” belly that most topwater plugs have (such as their original “Skitter Walk”), the Skitter V has a v-shaped bottom that allows for some extra glide as the lure is “walking the dog” on the surface.
I’ll show some underwater footage of how this new lure moves below.
But first, check out the differences in the two Rapala topwater lures.
Now here’s a side angle view.
Rapala “Skitter Walk” [Pros & Cons]
Rapala Skitter Walk Pros:
- Price – A little cheaper than the Skitter V ranging from $8 – $10
- Smaller than the Skitter V – sometimes the fish want a smaller lure
- Heavy enough to make easy casts in the wind
- Line tends to hang up on the front treble hook at times while retrieving
- Hooks will rust out after a few uses in saltwater if not taken care of
- May be hard to find as many stores are clearing them out and replacing them with the Skitter V
Now let’s compare the pros and cons of the Rapala Skitter V.
Rapala “Skitter V” [Pros & Cons]
Rapala Skitter V Pros:
- Awesome action compared to the original Skitterwalk (which you will see in the video below)
- Due to the fast gliding action, you can cover a good amount of water being able to make long casts.
- It catches fish! (which you will also see in the video)
Rapala Skitter V Cons:
- Price – these range from $10-$12 depending on where you purchase. A bit high compared to some other traditional topwater lures (click here to see the latest price on Amazon)
- Not weedless – treble hooks come standard on this lure which tend to snag everything in site (including skin). Rapala has some other new lures out that come standard with inline hooks. This would have been nice for the Skitter V to have to eliminate snags on grass that may be floating on the surface.
- Hooks will rust out after a few uses in saltwater if not taken care of properly.
Rigging The Rapala Skitter Walk / Skitter V
When attaching the Skitter V to your leader, it is highly recommended to use a loop knot to get the most out of the lure’s action.
I personally like the Kreh Loop knot as it is one of the strongest (and easiest) loop knots to tie.
Click here to see a video on how to tie the Kreh Loop knot.
Note: I also encourage you to replace the treble hook with a single, inline hook.
Rapala Skitter V Review & Comparison [VIDEO]
In this video review, I will be comparing the Skitter V to the original Skitterwalk by Rapala.
You will see how they look from and underwater view, and also see some fish catching action on the new Skitter V from my kayak.
In conclusion, the “updated” Skitter V certainly has more action than the original Rapala Skitter Walk.
This will let you cover more ground because it really does slide and glide a whole lot quicker than the old version when you are walking the dog.
The only downside I see so far is the price. The Rapala Skitter V is a few bucks more and that can really add up if you go throug a lot of lures.
Stay tuned for more on the water action with this new topwater lure from Rapala.
Any other questions about this lure?
Let me know in the comments.
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