Reaction Lures: Surprise Fish Into Striking!

Do you know the difference between “hunger lures” and “reaction lures”? Hunger lures are great for catching fish that are actively feeding. They imitate whatever food items the fish might be taking on the day. Fish assume they’re food and take them out of hunger. But reaction lures can get strikes even when fish are not hungry. They do this by surprising the fish into action and causing an instinctive aggressive or defensive response. Of course, hungry fish will often take reaction lures and vice versa, but the above is a good general rule. Reaction Lures Work When The Fish Aren’t Playing It’s easy to underestimate the … more

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