Lure technology has come a long way recently with injection mould plastic models now preferred by most anglers. However, the team at Rapala has turned back the clock to the good old days of classic balsa wooden lures with their ‘Timber Tactics’ range. For years, wooden lures were used with great effect to target the same species anglers tend to chase today. Timber lures can take significant punishment and can be punctured and knocked around amongst structure without affecting the action of the lure; a vitally important characteristic as fish are more likely to strike as the lure makes its way through structure such as branches, reef and weeds. The ‘Timber Tactics’ range covers three models; a minnow, a shad and a flat rap. The minnow and shad sport similar features in that they can be trolled at around three knots or cast at snags and twitch retrieved. These lures will typically dive to a depth of 15-20 feet and are a perfect option if you’re chasing species such as barramundi, mangrove jacks, estuary cod or flathead. The ‘Timber Tactics’ minnow and shad both contain an internal rattle to grab the attention of predators. The Flat Rap has been designed for easy casting and a slow-rise retrieve response on the pause. This action is designed to more closely mimic a wounded baitfish struggling through the water column. Its triangle lip enhances its action and deflects obstacles along the way resulting in fewer snags. Twitch the rod tip down or sideways and the lure will dart accordingly with a hard, flashy swimming action. Pause this retrieve and the lure will slowly rise towards the surface.