Fishing

The Rat-L-Trap Lure

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Jess KContributor IIIOctober 29, 2010

In the ever-continuing race to find new, improved ways of catching our prized bass, many already well-known methods are right before our eyes yet overlooked.

One of these effective tricks of the trade is the good old, easy to use Rat-L-Trap. The very lure that every angler already has in among their fishing gear.

Rat-L-Traps happen to be the best-selling fishing lures in all of America and this is for a very good reason. Time after time, these traps are efficient and reliable in successfully catching fish.

Fishermen everywhere have at one point or another used the Rat-L-Trap as it is a common staple among the tackle boxes of many generations before them who very likely taught them how to fish. Every angler of any kind of experience is familiar with this fishing lure.

This lure can be used in a few different ways. The standard chunk and reel method is probably the most common form of utilizing it. This is when you simply toss it out into the water and reel it in rather quickly, all the while hoping to be caught by a lingering fish.

If this method doesn’t seem to work, try slowing your technique a little so that the bait is allowed to go a litter bit deeper. Many times this is all it takes to get more bites. You can also incorporate a yo-yo retrieve along the edge of any creek channels and any secondary points when the fish don’t seem very active.

Cast your lure out, letting it fall to the lake bed. Once it is resting there, swiftly lift up a few feet and stop. This will ensure that the bait is able to tumble back down, imitating a dying or wounded baitfish.

This reenactment of a rather easy-to-catch mean will even inspire a fish that is not feeding to take the bait simply because it doesn’t want to pass up the opportunity.
   
Rat-L-Traps are available in many colors, styles and sizes. While some are sparkly, others come affixed with spinners or plastic bills on them so that they can dive even deeper.

Some Rat-L-Traps suspend and some even float. This can make choosing which one will be best for you rather difficult at times. In this instance, just stick with the basic half ounce chrome version with either a gold or black back. This will especially be great for sunny days when the chrome reflects in the sunlight.

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