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Bass Lures

In our ongoing quest to find new and improved ways to catch more bass, sometimes the answer is right before our very eyes. So often the most effective means of boating more fish is so simple, we overlook it. Chances are it is right in front of you, but you don’t see it. It’s like not being able to see the forest through the trees, so to speak. What is it? The ol’ reliable Rat-L-Trap. That’s right, the simple-looking, easy-to-use, noisy, baitfish-imitating lure we all have in our tackleboxes that we’ve been using for years; a Rat-L-Trap.
Rat-L-Traps are the number one selling bait in America. There is a good reason for that… they catch fish. Anglers everywhere have used a Rat-L-Trap at one time or another in their fishing. Chances are they caught fish on them. The Rat-L-Trap is a “go to” for everyone from the beginning anglers to long-time touring professional anglers.
The Rat-L-Trap is a bait that can be used in a variety of ways. The most common is what I call the basic “chunk-and-reel” method. Throw it out there and reel it back in relatively fast, hoping to trigger a strike from a feeding fish or generate a reactionary strike from a passive fish. If that doesn’t work, you can try slowing it down a bit, allowing the bait to work a little deeper. Often this subtle little difference will result in more strikes.
One of my favorite ways to use the bait is probably the most underused presentation of all, a yo-yo retrieve. I use this approach when fishing the bait on main lake and secondary points and around the edges of creek channels when the fish are not real active.