Product Reviews: Lipless Crankbaits
are the boisterous and disorderly element. They're the bold
defiant ones that deflate every ego trip we value as anglers.
There's no stealth. No artful cunning required. No skill to slip
noiselessly into a spot from up-sun, up-wind, unseen and unheard.
There's no blending in with the great outdoors. No need for
camouflage clothing. No mastery in order to make a perfectly
splashless cast. No, not when this chaotic alarm clock of a lure
strikes twelve! There's no way you can claim superior angling
achievement in outfoxing a wily, wise old moss-backed lunker that
had resisted all lurely temptations until your loudmouth
rattlebait blares by.
Whacka! Whacka! WHACKA! As far as you can cast it, you can
hear it amplified underwater. Shacka! SHACKA! SHACKA! It
overloads and excites the senses even before a bass sees it.
RACKA! RACKA! RACKA! Within striking distance, a cacophony of
noise causes the cauldron of sensory excitement to boil over.
We've given rattles to new-born babes for centuries. It's only
since the late 1960s that we've given rattles to bass. That's
when lure maker Bill Lewis got the notion to load a shad-shaped
lure with BBs to find out if maybe he'd catch a lot of fish with
it? He did.
Over thirty years later, his Rat-L-Trap lure remains an
important and enduring fish-catcher. If I counted correctly, Bill
Lewis Lures offers nine models of Rat-L-Traps. There are very few
tackle boxes today that don't include a Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap.
The Cotton Cordell Super Spot is a second popular rattlebait.
It comes in six models. The Super Spot is known and loved by many
Those are the big two in terms of name recognition. Yet every
company that makes crankbaits also has their own brand of
rattlebaits. We're not talking dozens but hundreds of models of
rattlebaits out there. That's a lot of maracas..