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Hello Anglers,

Keeping a fish on after hooking it can mean the difference 
during a tournament. The hooks that come on the bait are 
okay for pleasure fishing, but replacing the hooks on my 
Rat-L-Traps increases chances of landing the fish.

P.S. You can discuss this issue or any other topic in the new 
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Enjoy a week of fishing!
Brock
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Trapping A Bass

In our ongoing quest to find new and improved ways to catch 
more bass, sometimes the answer is right before our very eyes. 
So often the most effective means of boating more fish is so 
simple, we simply overlook it. What is it? The ol' reliable 
Rat-L-Trap. That’s right, the simple-looking, easy to use, 
noisy, baitfish-imitating lure we all have in our tackleboxes 
that we’ve been using for years, a Rat-L-Trap.

Rat-L-Traps are the number one selling bait in America. There 
is a good reason for that… they catch fish. Anglers everywhere 
have used a Rat-L-Trap at one time or another in their fishing. 
Chances are they caught fish on 'em. The Rat-L-Trap is a 
'go to' for everyone from the beginning anglers to long-time 
touring professional anglers.

How You Can Use the Rat-L-Trap

1. Chunk 'n reel. The Rat-L-Trap is a bait that can be used in 
a variety of ways. The most common way to use the bait is what 
I call the basic “chunk and reel” method. Chunk it out there 
and reel it back in relatively fast hoping to trigger a strike 
from a feeding fish or generate a reactionary strike from a 
passive fish. If that doesn’t work, you can try slowing it down 
a bit allowing the bait to work a little deeper. Often this 
subtle little difference will result in more strikes.

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2. Yo-yo retrieve. One of my favorite ways to use the bait 
is probably the most underused presentation of all, a yo yo 
retrieve. I use this approach when fishing the bait off of 
main lake and secondary points and around the edges of creek 
channels when the fish are not real active. Cast the bait out 
and let it fall to the bottom. Once on the bottom, quickly 
pull it up a foot or two and stop allowing the bait the 
flutter back down imitating a wounded or dying baitfish. 
The presentation of an easy meal may very well cause a non-
feeding fish to go ahead a eat your bait simply because its 
there and its easy. The result, you catch a fish.

3. Grass. When fishing these baits around grass, you need to be 
using a high speed reel with a gear ratio of 6:1 or better on 
a medium action rod. This will allow you to literally rip the 
bait through the grass triggering strikes. If the fish are 
aggressive, they will usually hit the bait just as you pull it 
loose from a snag in the grass. If the fish are not real 
aggressive, you may need to scale down to 1/4 ounce Rat-L-Trap 
in order to slow the bait down enough to get bit; yet keep it 
from staying hung up in the grass due to the slower retrieve.

4. Red Zone. Another bait to use over grass is the Red Zone 
Rat-L-Trap, it suspends. After cranking it down during the 
retrieve, you can stop the bait and it will suspend allowing 
the fish more time to see and strike the bait. You can also 
use it like a jerk bait while it is suspending, then continue 
the normal retrieve. This lure is also highly effective on 
pre-spawn fish in creeks that are suspending between the creek 
channel and their spawning areas in shallower water.

By Tom Lester
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You might be a fisherman if...

1) You have a power worm dangling from your rear view mirror 
   because you think it makes a good air freshener.
2) Your wedding party had to tie tin cans to the back of your 
   bass boat.
3) You call your boat "sweetheart" and your wife "skeeter".
4) Your local tackle shop has your credit card number on file.
5) You keep a flippin stick by your favorite chair to change 
   the TV channels with.
6) You name your black lab "Mercury" and your cat "Evinrude".
7) Bass Pro Shop has a private line just for you.
8) You have your name painted on a parking space at the launch  
   ramp.
9) You have a photo of your 10 lb. bass on your desk at work 
   instead of your family.
10) You consider viennies and crackers a complete meal.
11) You think MEGABYTES means a great day fishing.
12) You send your kid off to the first day of school with his 
    shoes tied in a palomar knot.
13) You think there are four seasons--Pre-spawn, Spawn, Post 
    Spawn and Hunting.
14) Your $30,000 bass boat's trailer needs new tires so you 
    just "borrow" the ones off your house.
15) You trade your wife's van for a smaller vehicle so your 
    bass boat will fit in the garage.
16) Your kids know it's Saturday---Because the boats gone  

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