Rattletraps are excellent lures for catching early Spring Largemouth Bass

By Don Ingram
   Rattletraps are excellent lures to catch early Spring largemouth bass. Rattletraps can be purchased in all shapes, sizes, and colors and can be worked at all different depth ranges depending on the speed of the retrieve.
   Bass will begin migrating from deep to shallow water as surface temperatures begin to rise into the 40’s. Bass will utilize creek channels, ditches, gulleys, and even small depressions across flats to migrate toward the shallow areas.
   Rattletraps are excellent Spring lures because they allow an angler to cover a lot of water in search of areas holding several fish. Look for main lake or creek flats that have gulleys or depressions that run from deep water to the shallows. A small depression or ditch across a flat can be enough for fish to use as a migration route or road to shallower water. I utilize my Lowrance electronics more than ever during early Spring locating small depressions or ditches.
   Once a gulley or depression has been located, start fishing the 8 foot depth range first. Concentrate your efforts on the depression by slowly retrieving a rattletrap down the center of the depression keeping it just off the bottom. Fan cast to each side of the depression, repeat the retrieve, and slowly work toward the shallower water.
   I use a 6’6 medium heavy action G-Loomis, NRX rod and a Shimano Curado reel with 15 pound CXX P-Line. Use bright colors in stained water and shad colorations in clear water. Replace the original hooks on the lure with Mustad Triple Grip hooks. By replacing the original hooks an angler will significantly increase the chances of landing a huge Springtime largemouth.
   Remember, during early Spring water temperatures are extremely cold. Whether you are crankbaiting or casting a rattletrap, vary the retrieve and work the lure extremely slow. The key word is slow. If you see a white and red, Skeeter FX 20 boat and Yamaha SHO motor on the lake fishing flats, you can bet I’m casting a rattletrap.

   Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article entitled “Outdoors with Don Ingram” that is printed in various publications throughout Kentucky. He is a two-time All-American qualifier. Don has been very successful competing in tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous outdoor television programs like, “Kentucky Afield,” Walmart’s “Great Outdoors,” and “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” aired on the Outdoor Life Network and the Outdoor Channel. Don is a Pro Staffer for the following companies: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Shimano G-Loomis Rods, Bandit Bait Company, Prowler Soft Plastics, Mustad, Optima Batteries, Lunker Lure, and P-Line.

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