Fishing soft plastics has really become a state of the art thing for bass fishermen. The best thing about these baits is that it does not take a rocket scientist to use them. Some people call a crank bait, like the rattletrap, an idiot bait. But let me tell you, any dummy can put a fluke on and catch fish if the conditions are right. Fish a fluke near the bank in the spring and fall, and you could be on one of your best trips ever. I don't think I could get in the boat without having one tied on during anytime of the year.
This bait looks like and imitates an injured bait fish so much it should be outlawed! Just throw the thing out there and twitch it in. Sometimes they will try to take it out of your hand and sometime they will just have a hold of it. Most of the time it will stay close to the surface and you will see the fish attack it, but some of the time it may go towards the bottom and the line will get heavy so be prepared to set the hook.
Now that we have the basics down, lets talk about rigging this wonderful little creature. As far as I am concerned there is only one color, they call it pearl, white , ghost, etc. I call it white. It does not matter as long as it is white. The easiest way to put a hook on this bait is start in the front about 14 inch, bring the hook out, then insert it back through the body about middle ways down the fat part of the body. If this doesn't work for you or if it's too complicated, they make a screw in deal that all you have to do is stick it in the nose and tighten up the screw after you insert the hook into the metal ring. This is a very good method of fishing this bait because it gives it more freedom to move. The only problem with this is being able to find the screw in deals. One day I'll learn what they call 'em. But if you see one hanging on a hook you'll know what I'm talking about. It looks like a corkscrew - only about one hundredth of the size. Anyway, when you figure out how you want to rig this bait, there's only one thing left to do. Throw the dang thang in the water and hang on!
I throw this bait around piers, points, roadbeds and open water. Especially, when the fish are schooling. One of my favorite ways to fish this bait is to throw around exposed timber, like sunken Christmas trees or pier posts. I have been out with my brother-in-law, Ed, on many occasions and caught anywhere from twenty to thirty bass in one day. This bait also attracts big fish. Most of the time they will average a pound and a half to hawgs. This has been one of our key baits for the past several years and has helped us win several tournaments. By the way, I think you could just put a hook in one, throw it out there and you'd catch a fish. No matter how you work it, it's just that good! Give it a try! I guarantee you will have one of the best days of your life! Best of luck and keep on bassin'!
Barry Brasher is an avid fisherman on Logan Martin and other Alabama lakes. He is also co-owner of BamaBassFishing.com, a popular website devoted to bass fishing in Alabama.