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February 19, 2004
With Spring season only a few days away, I'd thought now might be the time to start a thread on tactics...
I'll be the first....
With some of the members in KY for March Madness at the Cave, this article by Tony Grant on Rattletraps seems appropriate
Being a part-time saltwater fisherman, I've only ever used RattleTraps on Snappers Blues. Has anyone ever had any luck with skies? And, have you found a need to 'enhance' the bait that comes out of the package to handle muskies?
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March 22, 2004
May 19, 2004
I have seen fish caught on the 1 oz Ratt l Trap at Mercer and Monksville. They foul when sinking for me a lot.I seen a guy get 3 skies 1 day doing a rip and drop technique in the timber in the back of Monksville. He was getting snagged constantly but stuck with it and produced 3 strikes when the rest of us only got follows. I upgrade the hooks and split rings just to play it safe. Gary
March 26, 2004
Something to note about this approach: it works well on Cave Run, which is loaded with shad. Rattletraps are designed to look and act like shad. I think it's a matter of matching the predominant shad forage at a time of year when they are shallow.
I'm not sure it would work well on a lake or river where the fish are typically eating things like 8" suckers, but I could be wrong.
April 17, 2011
I've had pretty good luck with rat-l-traps. Specifically, I use the 1.5oz Super Traps. The problem with Rat-L-Traps I find is that they are boring when compared to bulldawg or a glider, but at certain times they are highly effective. I've had best success in the 8-12 ft of water (otherwise I would use an Ernie or a Grandma). There is another article from either last year or the year before in Musky Hunter that discusses the use of traps in cold water.
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