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The Rapala X-Rap Magnum must surely be one of the most-deadly bluewater trolling lures in the world. It can be belted along at phenomenal speed for what is essentially a hard-bodied, deep-diving, bibbed minnow. In the northern half of Australia, it is devoured by Spanish mackerel, trevallies and all manner of big tropical speedsters. In the southern half of the continent, it is irresistible to those big barrel-trunked yellowfin and southern bluefin tuna. The Rapala X-Rap Magnums come in different sizes, depth ranges and colours. A Rapala X-Rap Magnum 30 (in Silver Blue Mackerel colour) was the demise of this 122kg southern bluefin tuna. It was caught in April 2011 by Max Cole fishing out of Apollo Bay, Victoria.


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