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Many years ago I bought my first tacklebox and filled it with a small assortment of baits, hooks and other items such as pliers, clippers and extra fishing line. My topwater lures consisted of a Zara Spook, Jitterbug, Lucky 13, and a Pop-R. I had a few black and brown jigs and Uncle Josh pork rind trailers to attach to the jig hook for added attraction. (You always needed to have a cup of water in the boat to place the jig-n-pork to make sure the pork didn’t dry out). My selection of plastic worms was also quite simple. My collection consisted of a few black, motor oil and purple; some big, some small, some with curly tails and some with just plain ol’ straight tails.
Hook selection was also easy. I just carried a few Tru-Turn hooks in small and large sizes. Toss in a couple of Rat-L-Traps, a Bomber Model A, and a few spinnerbaits (usually white, yellow or black) and you were ready for a days fishing. I even had room in the tacklebox for some sun screen lotion, a sandwich and a hand-towel.
Fishing was easy back then and the bass seemed to really like most of the baits in my box. Those baits that didn’t produce just didn’t make it back out for the next fishing trip.
Life was simple.
Over the years I noticed that my need for new and different baits started reaching an addiction and pretty soon I had a few plastic wash tubs lining the floor in my garage and each was filled with plastic baits. All the baits were tucked away in Ziploc bags and labeled properly so I could get to what I needed with no problem. My small tacklebox was replaced by two tackleboxes, followed by an assortment of big tackleboxes and then a collection of large heavy duty tackle bags that held a vast assortment of plastic boxes. Each of these boxes was loaded with a colorful assortment of plastic worms. I had every type of worm produced, in multiple sizes and yes … all of the colors of the rainbow.
The large plastic tubs of worms in my garage multiplied like rabbits and in no time I had to move the lawn mower and garden tools out to make more room for tubs. I prided myself in leaving no stone unturned as I continued to build my plastic worm collection.
What I failed to mention is that while the collection of plastic worms was growing my addiction for other types of fishing baits was also reaching a boiling stage. Pretty soon my wall was covered with peg boards and one board would have crankbaits, one would display spinnerbaits, topwater baits filled another board, jigs of all types and sizes were on another board and various types of hooks, jigging spoons, lead-heads and deep-diving baits. A pegboard on the ceiling had all of my Alabama Rigs hanging down like beautiful Christmas tree ornaments. I even moved my wife’s pickup truck out of the garage to make more room for peg boards and tubs.
Having all of these baits within easy reach made me sleep better at night but there was a problem. How do I take the proper baits out in the boat with me?
The answer to this was simple … buy more plastic boxes and Ziploc bags. In no time at all I had more plastic worms in my boat than Academy has on their walls and when I added all of the other stuff my boat set about 14-inches deeper in the water. Who cares if the boat struggles out of the hole … the issue is having the right bait when I need it!
Well all of that sounded pretty good but as I was fishing I had trouble quickly finding the color and size of the worm I wanted to use. The solution … label more Ziploc bags and use some of those notebook rings to keep specific colors and sizes together. The plan was finally starting to come together.
Then I started having problems with not having the right crankbait or spinnerbait size or color in my plastic boxes. I carried about 2500 baits but it seemed like I just never did have that key color in the boat. That color was always hanging on the garage wall. No real problem here, I just purchased more plastic boxes and soft-sided bags to stock additional stuff in the boat.
By now all of the front and rear compartments were full of baits and the boat set another 8-inches deeper in the water. I did manage to leave enough room in the boat for two lifejackets and my raingear. Now things were really getting good!
Somewhere in all of this addiction I realized that I didn’t have the proper rods, reels and line to use many of the baits I was carrying so I purchased many more of these items than I had planned. A quick inventory showed 16 freshwater baitcasting rod and reels, 14 rods with open bail reels, 12 heavy-duty rods with reels that were loaded with braided line and 10 combo’s that were designed to specifically fish topwaters, crankbaits and jerkbaits. Those were the ones in the garage .. There were about 20 of various types in the boat rod storage compartment. How did this get so out of hand!
It was about this time that I started carrying a large plastic bag that was strictly for those baits I expected to fish that day. This would obviously keep me from having to look through all of my Ziploc bags and boxes in the boat if I was in a hurry to change lures. What a great idea!
A few trips later I realized that now I had 13 of those carry-on plastic bags, and it was obvious that I would probably be bringing more with me each time I went fishing.
By now my boat was sitting dangerously low in the water and it was time for a change. This addiction to massive amounts of baits, boxes and bags was sinking my boat!
I have to admit that the disposal of many of these baits was not only difficult but extremely painful. I had a tear in my eye at more than one of our garage sales as I watched some of my prized possessions depart with a new owner. Times were tough but I needed to have courage and stay the course.
Well to make a long story short, my life has changed drastically since I have eliminated all of the excess fishing “baggage” from my garage and boat. My lawn mower and garden tools regained their proper place in the garage and my boat doesn’t need the two hydrofoils and a special 6-bladed prop to get up on plane. My wife is even talking to me again since I moved her truck back in the garage.
Recently I even started a new program similar to the AAA called BLB (Buy Less Baits) that has been very helpful to other unfortunate anglers that are trying to eliminate their addiction to collecting fishing equipment.
I now carry all of my fishing tackle in one tacklebox; in fact it is the same one that I started out with years ago. I seem to have everything in it that I really need to catch fish.
Life is so simple!
Good Fishing JB
Each night before you go to bed, pray to God and be thankful for what you accomplished today - and will accomplish tomorrow!
Things Done In 2014 …..
That Will Not Be Done In 2015
I Will Not …………
* Sit a steaming hot cup of coffee between my legs when driving the boat
* Forget to remove that last fish out of the livewell until I go fishing a week later
* Fill the boat up with diesel instead of regular gasoline
* Assume that I have enough gas in the boat for the entire days fishing
* Try to light a cigarette by shorting out a pair of pliers and screwdriver on the battery
* Forget to buy my new fishing license until I am checked by the game warden
* Leave my life jackets (that I used to have) in the boat when I motor down the highway
* Forget to disconnect the front of the boat from the trailer when I launch the boat
* Leave my tackle box, rods and boat keys sitting in the garage when I go fishing
* Make “one more cast” when the lighting and rain is drawing closer and closer
* Forget to set the alarm clock for the morning of the fishing tournament
* Go to Bass Pro Shops and Academy with the intention of not buying anything
* Forget to put my raingear in the boat
* Wear tennis shoes instead of boots when the weatherman forecasts rain and cold
* Try to go across a shallow stumpy flat with the boat on full plane
* Forget to put the drain-plug in my boat
* Leave my billfold at home when I need to pay for the gasoline at the service station
* Forget to put an extra pair of gloves in the boat when fishing in January
* Go into a panic mode when I see three boats fishing my favorite “honey hole”
* Forget to plug in the battery charger after a hard days fishing
* Buy every new lure I see marketed by those smiling anglers on television
* Put off retying a bait and then lose a big fish because of a bad spot in the line
* Forget to enter a GPS coordinate for the new and remote launching area I am using
* Break another rod tip with the lid of the dry storage compartment
* Assume that I have another bag of the only color worm that the fish are biting
* Listen to rumors of fish being caught 40 miles away.. and then make a dry run anyway
* Assume that I have air in my trailer spare tire
* Think that all of the winning stringers are being caught on the other side of the lake
* Believe the weatherman’s weekend forecast
* Run by GPS at night expecting a clear path and no logs floating in the water
* Leave anything valuable in my boat when it sits in front of a restaurant or motel
* Forget to take my cell phone and camera when I go fishing
* Use light line when fishing in areas with lot’s of trees, brush and big bass
* Lock the keys to my towing vehicle … in my towing vehicle
* Assume that all of the lake buoy markers mean safe running and no trees or rocks
* Try to motor through an area that has lots of trotlines
* Leave all of the snacks and drinks we were going to enjoy in the towing vehicle
* “Front-end” the guy fishing in the back of the boat
* Drop another pair of fishing pliers or sun glasses into the lake
* Start getting really worried when I have not had a strike in four hours
* Go fishing and not remember that today is my wife’s birthday or wedding anniversary
* Store plastic worms in boxes that dissolve when they come in contact with the plastic
* Forget and leave a buoy marker at one of my best fishing locations
* Pre-fish for any more tournaments – (see next two items for reasons)
* Assume that what the bass hit so well yesterday they will hit again today and …
* Assume that where the bass were yesterday they will be today – Wrong!
* Drop any more chain saws in the lake while cutting/placing brush in sweet spots
* Forget to take out my long rear boat light when motoring in areas of low timber
* Assume that I know the area “like the back of my hand” when motoring at night
* Accidentally hit the trolling motor switch when climbing over the front of the boat
* Get a “bird-nest” on six consecutive rods while fishing at night
* Lose another fishing cap by having it blow off my head and then sink
* Keep fishing locations where I caught a fish five years ago and haven’t had a bite since
* Try to break braided line by jerking on it really hard with my hand
* Leave the dock without a change of clothes and toilet paper stored in the boat
* Believe everything I see on television fishing shows
* Walk with bare feet when there are crankbaits lying on the floor of the boat
* Worry about the grass that needs cut, etc. while I am out fishing
* Drop another cell phone in the water when I bend over to land a bass
* Start “drooling” over all of the new bass boats I see at the boat shows
* Over-estimate the size and weight of the fish that I catch
* Under-estimate the size and weight of the fish that my partner catches
I am sure that few of you will have to worry about these issues.. However, for most of us these and other issues made for some awkward and somewhat funny moments during 2014. And I did forget to mention a couple of the MOST important issues ……
* I will not believe any fishing reports unless they are from my mother … or perhaps my pastor? and….
*I Will Not … Whine for weeks when I lose a BIG bass. I will whine for MONTHS!!
Thought for the day –
People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t … and
Remember that you are way too blessed to be stressed
Most of us are like a kid in a candy store when we go into one of our favorite fishing tackle locations and see the vast assortment of lures and lure colors. It doesn’t matter that we have ten or more tackle boxes full of baits that will probably never be used – we are still looking for that new bait or color that no one else may have. So with all of the colors available- which colors should you be using? Well water clarity should be a key factor in your bait selection.
With probably more than a zillion lure color combinations available today, keep in mind that many of these colors are made with the fisherman (and his pocketbook) in mind as much as they are by using basic scientific knowledge. I think all of us will admit that emotions are far stronger than logic when it comes to what a fisherman will buy.
Our first consideration is that colors we view on the surface may look very different underwater to a bass. What we perceive as color is basically light reflected from objects to our eyes.
Color is based on an associated wave length and how our eyes perceive or don’t perceive these visible tones. The photo sensory cells in a bass’ retina consist of cones (Daylight - for color vision) and rods (Night - for black, white and shades of gray vision). Water selectively filters color at various depths but this filtering process can be greatly affected by different elements or particles in the water such as tannic acid from the trees, silt and runoff.
Bass do not have eyelids so they can not blink or close their eyes. But they do have a black pigment that shades the photosensitive cells of the retina, which allows them to see well in extremely bright conditions with little discomfort. So much for the thought that bright light hurt the bass’ eyes. I also read in one of the journals that it is believed that a bass’ vision increases with age. This could very well be one of the reasons that BIG bass are so difficult to fool with artificial lures. .
So what does all of this “stuff” mean to the average fisherman? I remember being on a flight a number of years ago with Doug Hannon, a well known author, researcher and tackle designer. His comment was that the darker the water or if it’s cloudy, go with the more solid colors. When the water is clear and you have those blue-bird skies stay with those colors having some transparency such as watermelon red and motor oil.
So let’s consider the basics - Shad and minnows are silver, chrome, white and bone colored. Bream are represented by brown, purple and chartreuse. Crayfish are certainly a major food source and are usually represented by tones of red, black and brown.
Keep in mind that all of these colors can also have many different shades. The chartreuse color produced by one company may be quite different than that of another company.
Since we know the basic colors of these food sources let’s look at how the colors may change with depth in clear water.
Red is at the low end of the color spectrum and will fade to a rust color at about 10-feet and gradually goes to a darker off-green as it gets in deeper water. Orange looks pretty good at 10-feet and then at about 30-feet looks somewhat brown. Yellow has basically no change in the upper depths but then at 30-feet becomes very pale. Green does not change much until you reach below 30-feet. Blue and purples are at the high end of the color spectrum and will remain truer at deeper depths. (Bill Dance once stated that “Any color worm will catch fish – as long as it’s blue”). Black objects hold their color well as the depth of water increases.
Keep in mind that these basic color guidelines are for clear water so now you need to add the other variables such as time of day or night, weather and other factors.
Here are a few general color guidelines to consider as you select your bait:
Sunny Days – Red, Blue and Silver
Cloudy/Rainy – Dark colors like Black, Brown, Green and Chartreuse
Night – Darker colors with Black being the primary choice
Clear Water – Natural, Pumpkin, Silver, Black/Blue, Green and Translucent
Dark Water – Darker colors such as Reds & June bug
Muddy/Stained Water – White, Chartreuse, Orange, Red and Brown
White imitates forage food much like silver so it can be a bass catcher over a wide range of light and water conditions. I didn’t mention blue in the above chart because it retains its color properties at most depths.
Another key item to remember is that a bass is primarily a visual hunter, especially in clear water. When something in the water moves, the motion grabs the bass’ attention and is probably interpreted by its brain as food. Since clear water allows a fish to inspect a bait more closely, and as opposed to murky water, your bait should appear as lifelike as possible.
All of us have our own favorite colors and for this part of the world it would seem that watermelon, watermelon-red or candy, green pumpkin, junebug, redbug and black/blue fill most of these needs.
But while you are trying to decide the color for the day let me leave you with one final thought.
I remember reading in Buck Perry’s primer on structure fishing (Spoonplugging: Your Guide To Lunker Catches) that he felt in order of importance there were five things to consider when fishing a bait: Depth, Speed, Action, Color and Size.
Hummmmm……Perhaps the color of that bait is not as important as we think it is?????
Good Fishing – JB
Thought for the Day - Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
Many years ago fishing legend and tournament pro Lonnie Stanley introduced some of the finest fishing jigs on the market and many tournaments are still being won with these great products. Over the years the company has expanded its product line and continues to produce some of the highest quality baits on the market.
Many of you may not know that Stanley Jigs has gone through some recent changes. The new company name is Hale Lure LLC dba
Stanley Jigs. Robert, William and John Hale are well known in the fishing industry and John Hale serves as the CEO of the company. Robert Hale developed the idea for their new SIDETRAC lures and was also the
originator of the Hale's Craw Worm - a dynamite bait that has been a bread and butter lure for many of our top anglers. Robert is also that fellow that dominated the tournament scene on Toledo Bend Lake during the 70's and up to the 90's. These innovative guys have a number of new products that they will be presenting to anglers during 2014.
I recently visited with Lonnie and we discussed a couple of brand new 2014 products that will soon be available at your local tackle dealer. .
The first is called the “SIDETRAC SHAD”, and it is a dandy. The soft plastic bait has the ability to “trac” either right or left depending on the hook placement. If the small appendage on the side of the head (called the “Action Maker” is to the left of the shank of the hook the bait will trac to the right. Turning the action maker to the right of the shank of the hook will cause the bait to move to the left.
This can be dynamite when you are working around a dock, near over-hanging brush or in any situation where you want to make the bait go back up in areas that big bass call home.
The SIDETRAC SHAD is not one of those baits that you just cast out and reel in. The best technique is to work the bait with a gentle “twitch and pause” to achieve the desired trac. I also found that if I held the rod tip to the left, the bait would more easily trac to the right, and likewise holding the rod tip to the right helped the bait trac to the left. What a great little bait – and one you definitely need to try in the upcoming months.
Lonnie recommends using a hook with a pin-type keeper such as the Mustad 91768KH in a 1/0. 2/0 or 3/0 size for best results. Screw-type hooks are not recommended but I did find that an offset, wide-gap worm hook worked well.
I can imagine many situations where the SIDETRAC SHAD will work exceptionally well, and am also anxious to try it on a drop-shot rig.
The SIDETRAC SHAD comes in a 4.5-inch size; however a 3.5-inch & 5.7-inch model are being developed. Colors include Watermelon Red, Blue Gill, Wild Shiner, Hickory Shad, Gizzard Shad and Watermelon Magic.
Another addition to the Stanley arsenal is the 6-inch SIDETRAC MUD PUPPY and 10-inch SIDETRAC COBRA. Both of these baits include the “Action Maker” on the side of the head to give you that same control of the bait that you have on the SIDETRAC SHAD. The baits are ribbed and slide down easily through that thick grass and brush.
The 6-inch size looks ideal for days when the bass get “finicky” and there is not an aggressive bite, and I can’t wait to try the 10-inch Cobra in those areas where those really big bass live.
Colors include Red Bug, Watermelon Red Flake, Hickory Shad, Watermelon Candy/Red Flake, Green Pumpkin/Black Red Gold Flake, Sprayed Grass, Watermelon Seed/Red Flake, Black Neon/Blue Gill Belly and Garter Snake. Knowing the Stanley bunch there will probably be even more dazzling colors available by the time this goes to press.
I would like to mention a couple of other Stanley items because they are some of my
The Y-NOT, has been around for a bit and what a fish catcher it is when fished “wacky style” or teamed up with either one of the FlipMax Jigs or a WedgeHead jig.
The bait has a simple Y-shaped body, but believe me - there is nothing simple about this lure's design and its uncanny ability to mimic a living, breathing crawfish. It drives bass crazy!
Small air pockets are built into the legs of the bait and they float super high in the water. Air is also trapped within the dozens of soft, flexible rings surrounding the lure's body and legs. Each time you twitch the bait tiny air bubbles are released. Bass are drawn to the “breathing” bait by the sound and sight of the air bubbles.
I like to place a rattler into the air pockets for added attraction or the chambers can be left empty to trap more air for a greater buoyancy.
When the bait is hopped along the bottom the two legs stand straight up, imitating with amazing realism a defensive crawfish with pincers in the air. The bait can be pitched, cast, flipped, jig’d, used on a drop-shot rig or fished as a suspended bait. Its versatility is truly unmatched.
The FlipMax jig has a hand-cut rubber skirt that Stanley refers to as “a crawler skirt”. When submerged, the specially-cut thick rubber strands resemble crawfish legs. When pulled through the water the “legs” flare out realistically imitating a swimming crawfish. The flat, wide rubber legs displace more water causing a greater commotion and vibration that bass can't resist!! Add the Y-Not as a trailer and you have a one-two punch that is hard to beat.
If I am not using the FlipMax jig I like to couple the Y-Not with one of the Stanley Punch Jigs called the WedgeHead. This bait was designed to be punched through thick - heavy cover. It is also great for bass that are holding in deep grass or drop offs.
The WedgeHead has a swivel hook system designed for a wide variety plastics. If you want a jig that can slide easily through those thick grass mats – this is the one for sure.
Ribbit Double-Take Hook -
As most of you know, the Ribbit is one of the most widely used baits in our area, especially in the upcoming months when the bass get shallow. Lonnie Stanley and colleague John Hale applied a great deal of common sense and logic when coming up with the idea of the Ribbit Double-Take Hook. Two hooks are always better than one, for hooking and landing big bass!
The Ribbit Double-Take Hook is specially designed to fish with Stanley Lures' Ribbit soft bait but works wonders with other frog-imitation soft lures as well. Bass tend to strike violently at the “racing” frogs that run across the top of the water, and will often miss a single hook. The Ribbit Double-Take Hook with its longer shank and two points doubles your chances of hooking up, says Bassmaster Classic veteran, Stanley.
It's longer than other hooks, allowing the tips of the two hooks to penetrate lower within the legs of the Ribbit frog. The churning legs of the frog grab the fish's attention and are often the target of the strike. The added length to the shank of the hook greatly reduces the likelihood of the fish missing the hooks. The Ribbit Double-Take Hook is definitely going to get a double take from our anglers.
Casting Jigs –
These are the “bread and butter” baits that started the entire Stanley product line. The original casting and flipping jigs are the best of the basics for all jig fishermen. An all time favorite color would have to be black/blue, but others that receive a nod of approval from our area pros are the black/brown, white and watermelon seed.
**I also have some news that is hot off the press....... Stanley will soon offer 15 new hand-tied jig skirts and 20 new hand-tied spinnerbait skirts. They are dynamite!!!!!
Well there you are, a few of the newest baits on the market from one of the front runners of the fishing industry – Stanley Baits. As I mentioned earlier, quality is what you get when you purchase a Stanley product and having a high level of customer focus is their way of doing business. Give some of these items a try – They just may help you catch that bass of a lifetime.
Good Fishing – JB
For more information go to www.fishstanley.com or call 936-876-5713.
It’s been 50 years since Bill Lewis sold fishing lures from the back of his old Ford “rattletrap” station wagon and the famous Rat-L-Trap continues to be one of the best baits available for catching bass.
This super-tight wiggling lure with its noisy built-in rattle chamber will often catch fish when other baits won’t even get a sniff.
Lake Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend were the testing grounds for this special bait and the “Trap” as it is often referred to was made famous on these fertile waters. At this time of the year special attention is paid to colors such as “Rayburn Red”, “Orange Crawdad”, “Bleeding Shiner” and Toledo Gold”. These are proven early springtime patterns that bass just can’t seem to resist.
I have worked with the Rat-L-Trap folks for a number of years and had the privilege of developing the Toledo Gold color.
It was a fun experience and I have enjoyed hearing all of the reports from anglers that have had success with this pattern.
Last year I also had the privilege of touring the Rat-L-Trap factory located in Alexandria, Louisiana. If you are in this area be sure and stop by for a quick tour of the facilities. It will blow your mind how many colors and sizes of the Rat-L-Trap are produced.
The Rat-L-Trap is an exciting bait to fish and it will work really well in our upcoming months when you need to quickly explore new water. My favorite technique is to set that trolling motor switch on go and just start chunking the “Trap”. A moderate to fast retrieve will work best. This technique will allow you to cover lots of water and make a number of casts in a short amount of time. Once you catch a bass slow down and work the area thoroughly because more bass are probably present. I am always amazed at how hard a bass can hit one of these fast moving baits.
When fishing those deeper water areas I recommend casting the bait out and allowing it to fall on a semi-tight line. The strike can vary drastically from a light “tic” to almost having the rod jerked out of your hands. Another proven technique is to burn the bait fast and then suddenly stop it and allow the bait to free-fall by a tree or other types of partially submerged brush. The falling bait probably looks like an injured baitfish and the strikes can be dramatic and heart-stopping!
Mark your calendar because Rat-L-Trap recently announced that they will be hosting the Rat-L-Trap Open on Lake Sam Rayburn – January 19th, 2014. This “Traps” only tournament will be the kick off event for a nationwide Rat-L-Trap Tournament Tour.
The five-stop tour will start off in Texas on Sam Rayburn and end this fall in Texas on Lake Fork. Along the way there will be a tournament at Lake Guntersville in Alabama, then on to the California Delta and a stop at Lake Toho in Florida.
There will be a 100% payback and both cash and prizes will go very deep. Entry fees will only be $100 per boat and a $20 big fish pot will be optional.
Since 2014 will be the 50th Anniversary of Rat-L-Trap you can expect many exciting things to take place during the year.
The freshwater series offers the 1/8-oz. “Tiny Trap”, ¼-oz. “Mini-Trap”, ½-oz. “Rat-L-Trap”, ¾-oz. “Magnum Trap”, 1-oz. “Magnum Force” and the 1 ½-oz. “Super Trap”. Each bait is made with the highest quality hardware and Mustad Triple-Grip hooks.
The “Super-Nova” (the explosion of a star) series brings an explosion of light and color together in each lure. Internal luminous inserts produce fish attracting light waves that are irristable to gamefish. Available in 13 colors. My favorite is either the Purple Tiger or Char/Black Glass.
Super-Natural series has 15 exciting colors and the “naturals” look like the real thing. My favorite is either the Blueberry Perch or Sunfish Perch.
The Stealth Trap is a new addition to the Rat-L-Trap family and should be a real winner. The bait does not have rattles but produces a ton of vibrations that are picked up on the lateral lines of the fish. This could be just the change-up you need to trigger those wary fish. Six colors are available - my favorite is the Chrome Blue/Back.
Knock-N Trap is another new player to the field. The bait produces a low-frequency knocking pitch that really drives fish wild. I predict that this bait will be a knock-out for all of you tournament fishermen. Six colors are available - my favorite for some reason is the Toledo Gold.
Zombie Shad series offers nine attractive colors that look really great. My favorite is the Lake Fork Zombie.
Liv-N-Image series offers six colors and it is hard to tell the bait from the real thing. My favorite is the Liv-N-Chrome.
The Chrome series is bread and butter for many fishermen. There are few anglers that don’t have a Chrome Blue Back, Chrome Black Back or the Bleeding Shiner Chrome pattern in their tacklebox. There are 14 colors offered and my favorite in the new colors has to be the Sexy Chrome.
If you like gold colors check out the Gold series which offers six color patterns with my favorite being the Gold Tennessee Shad.
Stained water and chartreuse go together like red beans and rice.
The Chartreuse series offers six colors with my favorite being the Chartreuse Black Back.
If you like a crawfish pattern then check out the Classic Crawfish (my favorite is the Red Dog Red), the Crawfish series and the Liv-N-Sound. As you continue to scan through the rainbow of color patterns offered by the Naturals, Holographic Scales, Halo, Reaction Solids, Spark-L-Trap, Letric Shad, Shad/Shiner, Bleeding Shad and Bleeding Craw you will be truly dazzled.
And that’s not all – there is still the System 10, HD Trap, Floating Trap, Slap Stik, Pro Trap, Vibra-Trap and Spin Trap series available.
And did I mention that Rat-L-Trap also offers a service where they will build a “Trap” with your specific color specifications or even put your company logo on the bait? WOW!
If you are a Saltwater angler you will love the 2014 line-up of baits. This series includes the ½-oz model Rat-L-Trap, ¾-oz. Magnum Trap, 1-oz. Magnum Force, 1 ½-oz. Super Trap and the brute of the class – a 3 ½-oz Bluewater Trap.
The Magnum Force, Super Trap and the Bluewater Trap are equipped with 350 lb. wire-through harness, heavy duty split rings and extra strong hooks. Be sure to check out the special colors such as the Electric Chicken, Pink Transparent, Cocahoe Minnow and Mackerel.
Well there you are a quick look at some of the exciting new products offered for 2014. To see all of the new and brilliant color patterns go to www.rat-l-trap.com.
From all of us fishermen I would like to say “Congratulations Rat-L-Trap”. Not only for your fifty year celebration but for also producing what has to be one of the best fishing baits in the world. JB
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