Silent Crankbaits: Stealth Weapons

Silent crankbaits can be a wonderful asset in any tackle box – and a much underestimated one, too! These days every lure maker under the sun seems to be out there trying to make the noisiest crankbaits that they can. Unfortunately, too much noise (or the wrong noise) can actually be counter-productive! Read: It can reduce the effectiveness of your lures by warning fish off! There are good reasons why silent crankbaits should have a very important place in your arsenal. Likewise, there are lots of reasons why loudest is often not best – a fact ofetn missed by n=both professional and recreational … more

How To Rip A Rattlebait – Differently!

Ripping a rattlebait through grass and weed is a well known and very successful technique in lakes and ponds. It’s also a lesser known but equally effective technique in estuarine and coastal areas. The idea is to work your rattlebait with sufficient speed to just keep it just in contact with the tips of the grass. Every now and the bait “digs in” to the grass and is ripped through with a sharp upwards sweep of the rod tip. Ripping A Rattlebait: A New Twist On A Classic Technique Ripping is certainly not a new technique, but with everything good a … more

Wooden Rattlebaits: Better Than Plastic Ones!

Demo: Rat-LR Wooden Rattlebaits I love when people tell me something can’t be done, especially in lure making! It’s like a rad flag to a bull! Many years ago I got into a heated debate with a fellow lure maker who claimed that it wasn’t possible to make a “proper” wooden rattlebait. Now, I’d been making the things for years, so I knew that he was a sandwich short of a picnic and set about letting him know it. He had all the reasons under the same why a wooden rattlebait wouldn’t work: wood deadens the sound, wood is solid, … more

Fishing Deep With HomeMade Crankbaits

deep diving home made crankbait

If you want to be successful with homemade crankbaits, especially deep divers, you need to understand this: “The foundation of effective crankbait fishing is very simple; know the depth your crankbaits run. Until this knowledge is in hand, all the other crankbait questions are very insignificant. After all, if you can’t get the bait to the fish, how could color, shape, action, or models of crankbaits make any difference whatsoever?”. Bass Pro Mike McClelland in his book “Walleye Troubleshooting” I love this statement and its as relevant when using homemade crankbaits as it is bought ones! So many guys waste too … more