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    How to properly fish a rattle trap?
from Andrew (  
9/19/2004 9:28:00 AM


 What is the proper way to fish a rattle trap? Is it to retrieve the lure in a slow, steady way, or in a jigging motion? Can anyone help?

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   How to fish a rattle trap from Rod (  9/19/2004 10:00:00 AM
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   There is no "proper" way. from BassTracker (  9/19/2004 11:30:00 AM
 This is one of the idiot proof baits. You fish it with a fast retrieve, slow retrieve, pump the rod while you retrieve, even used as a jig yoyoed (but can and sometimes fouls). You just let the fish tell you. Iknow this isnt what you wanted to hear but it is the truth. I'm sure there are many other ways to fish it as well.


   How to work a Trap or other lipless crank from Ralph Manns  9/19/2004 3:14:00 PM
 As Bass Tracker noted, anyway you can that works!

Most of my trap fish have hit by simply casting the lure out, letting it sink to an appropriate depth, and reeling it in -- varying speed until we find a speed the bass liked.

But, I once won a Military Bass tourny because I stumbled onto the fact that the bass on a particular flat wanted the bait to dash up from the bottom and then fall back to the bottom. The hits came as the lure dropped.

And the best single outing on trap-type baits I can recall was a February night when a partner and I found the 5-pound-plus Fayette County Lake bass were eager to hit lipless Rattle-Rs and Traps worked like a worm. We let the lures drop to the bottom and then lifted them just enough to feel a few vibrations and let them return to the bottom.

I've also had a day when working them vertically up-and-down like a spoon was the answer.

   Dead stick... no kidding from Kick'n Bass Fish Attractant  9/20/2004 12:33:00 PM
 This is now the number one way to fish a rattle trap... but it is interesting. I was fishing a BIG flat during spring spawn here in AZ on one of the bigger lakes. We were throwing rattletraps and burning them back to the boat. Must have been 20-30 boats all doing this and catching fish. Well I backlashed.... while i am picking out the loops i see my line take off.. Well we started to throw out the traps and just let them sink... no motion... those bass were coming over and picking them up off the bottom!!! I don't know if it was the KNB scent or what... but we caught more doing that then casting and retrieving. My wife always puts a rattletrap on when we start fishing.. and she always catches fish. A real good bait no matter how you use it. Cosmic> 450 page web site at

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   Also try from Terry_CA (  9/20/2004 3:56:00 PM
 Just grind it through the grass. It's amazing how weedless they are. They usually bite when the bait breaks free of the grass. If you ain't hittin' the grass, you ain't fishin'. But then again I'm really interested in that dead stick thing Cos is talking about.


   Another trap tip... from JimW (  9/22/2004 7:07:00 PM
 Throw your trap on a hard flat trajectory keeping your rod at the 12 or 1 oclock position, and before it slows down thumb the spool hard and just when it is about to hit the water throw slack in the line by dropping your rod tip. This almost always causes the trap to land flat with a resounding smack, and if you gave it slack, to then skip several times before sinking. Let it fall to the bottom (if it makes it) and then start a slow erratic retrieve. I guess the bass think they just witnessed a near fatal incident and this usually quickly calls over the most aggressive bass in the area to take advantage of the situation.

Stumbled upon this at the Colorado river when I had to thumb a cast hard to keep it out of the cane. Landed with a splat between the inside edge of a weedbed and the shore, skipped twice and was inhaled on the third skip by a real nice smallmouth. My partner and I laughed about it, but when I jokingly tried it again a hour later and the trap did not even make it to the bottom before a keeper largemouth gave it a smack I stopped laughing and started to examine what was happening a bit closer. I never lead off with this retrieve, and like anything else it does not always work, but it works often enough that I always give it a try before deciding they are not biting a trap that day. Just something about that splat, followed by the frantic skipping motion that set northern strain and smallies off. Not near as effective for me on the Florida strain.

Jim Wolfe

SR Plastics/Tightline Fishing Products prostaff



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