Well here we go with the hardbaits and crankbaits. I have many of
these type baits and fish them quite a bit. Most of these baits are
"hunters". What I mean by this is they are good baits for seeking out
the most aggressive bass. You can cover alot of water with them in a short
amount of time and they do catch big fish. As usual I only have a
handful listed, and I will be adding different ones from time to time.
If you would like to see a certain one listed feel free to email me
or put it in my guestbook and Ill try to add it for you.
Im starting out with the world famous rattletrap made by Bill
Lewis. This is my favorite color to use, its the bleeding shiner
color. I have caught countless numbers of bass on this bait and
its usually tied on one of my rods for a tournament or even if Im
fishing for fun. I like to use the 3/4 ounce model alot, I feel the
bigger bait will catch the bigger fish. I only use this brand of
rattling bait cause it is simply the best. The vibration and sound
this bait puts out is second to none in my opinion. I have many colors
and sizes of this lure and have a whole tacklebox devoted to this
lure. It isnt a hard lure to use and it will catch bass when others
are being ignored. Schooling bass cant resist this bait, and you can catch
alot of them in a hurry.
Here is the Bagleys DB3 in the tennessee shad color (which happens
to be my favorite color in this bait). While this bait doesnt have
rattles in it like the rattletrap, I have added rattles to it. I also
have another in the same color which I didnt do this to. This bait
always runs true and gets down deep in a hurry. I like to get it down
to the bottom and just crawl it along trying to keep it in contact
with the bottom and anything else that is there. If I run it into something
I will pause it and then begin my retrieve again. This is usually when
a big ol bass will nail it. The big lip on the front of this lure
helps get it down fast and it also helps it bounce off of structure
so dont be afraid to throw it anywhere. It wont hang up as much
as you might think.
This is the Poes Super Cedar 400 in the white color which isnt made anymore
as far as I know. I like to use this bait when the water is colder, it doesnt
have the action that a plastic bait does and moves along slowly just
like baitfish does when the water is a little colder. The big lip helps it
bump off the cover too and this lure goes down to 18ft.
This is the Brush Baby in "Texas Red". This particular crankbait
is unique in that it has little "brush cams" on the lip and the body.
The lure is very buoyant and I have found it to be pretty snag resistent
as well. They come with razor sharp VMC wide gap hooks and a variety
of colors. As you can tell so far Im not that particular about the
brands of crankbaits I use, just the rattletrap.
This is the Storm Suspending Thunderstick in Tennessee Shad. While
this isnt a crankbait, it more or less fits the hardbait category. Storm
has the best jerkbaits on the market, they run true no matter how hard you jerk
them. I sometimes use the suspend strips or dots on this lure even
though it already suspends, it just depends on how deep Im fishing it.
I like to jerk this bait pretty hard most of the time, using the stop and go
method, but if that isnt working I try to let the bass tell me how they want
it, so Ill keep trying different retrieves.
Well that is it for now, Ill be adding new ones later on so be sure
to check back.