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Rapala Countdown Sinking Lure

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Slow sinking controlled depth technique, the Rapala Countdown is slow sinking to reach fish lying at any depth.

Colours Available: Bleak, Gold Fluorescent Red, Gold & Brown Trout

Sizes Available: 5cm, 7cm, 9cm & 11cm

The legendary Rapala Countdown® lure was introduced back in the 60s and is still included among the favorites of professional and casual anglers alike. The gravity defying body of the Countdown sinks, at a foot per second, to your desired depth allowing you to repeatedly reach and retrieve without rising out of the strike zone. With this lure, you can find fish quickly and consistently throughout the water column, whether they’re at the weed tops or holding bottom.
Consistently reach suspended fish at any depth with the Countdown. The controlled depth technique was introduced to the world with this lure, and to this day is the standard by which all others are compared. Whether the fish are suspending at certain depths, at the weed tops or on the bottom, the Countdown can get you to them consistently.


  • Balsa Construction
  • Ideal for casting
  • Custom swimming action
  • Controlled depth technique
  • VMC Black Nickel Hooks
  • Reacts instantly to movement of the rod tip - ideal for twitching, lifting and jerking to induce a strike
  • Ideally suited to fish for the following species - Trout, Seatrout, Perch, Zander, Salmon, Pike
  • Technique:Casting & trolling
  • Running Depth: 0.3 - 3.9metres

    How to fish the Rapala Countdown Lure:

To use the Countdown method, follow these simple steps: immediately after casting, take up any slack line and begin counting just as the Countdown strikes the water. A good uniform way to count is "one thousand thousand thousand three..." Keep counting until the lure has settled on the bottom or has found a resting place in the weeds. The line will go slack at this point. Remember the count at this moment. Then, by reducing the count by one or two numbers on subsequent retrieves and picking up the lure with your reel, the Countdown will stay just above the weeds or off the bottom. When fishing streams with the Countdown, cast quartering upstream to allow the lure to sink without tension on the line and start reeling when you've reached the desired depth.

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Size/Variant Colour Length Weight g/oz/lbs Price
5cm Bleak 5cm/2in 5g 9.49
7cm Bleak 7cm/2.8in 8g 10.19
9cm Bleak 9cm/3.5in 12g 10.79
11cm Bleak 11cm/4.3in 16g 11.29
5cm Gold / Fl Red 5cm/2in 5g 9.49
7cm Gold / Fl Red 7cm/2.8in 8g 10.19
11cm Gold / Fl Red 11cm/4.3in 16g 11.29
9cm Brown Trout 9cm/3.5in 12g 10.79
11cm Brown Trout 11cm/4.3in 16g 11.29
7cm Brown Trout 7cm/2.8in 8g 10.19
5cm Brown Trout 5cm/2in 5g 9.49
9cm Gold / Fl Red 9cm/3.5in 12g 10.79

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Delivery to the EU & Channel Islands is FREE on orders over £399

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