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This slab-sided, deep-bellied vibrating Bass Pro Shops® XPS® Rattle Shad® is specially tuned to call in feeding fish from all directions. Its weighted, sculptured body houses multiple rattle chambers filled with small beads; the tight wiggling action sends out a continuous loud signal that can't be ignored. A great search lure, designed for long casts and retrieval at any depth.
I went out one morning to a local pond in my area. While sooking through my box i found the Rattle Shad in texas shad color. I threw it out and on about the third cast a bass slammed it. Again l little later and another time.This lure is quality and i have pictures to prove it
January 6, 2011
My go to bait
This is the best lipless crankbait in my box and I have some that are 3 times the price. The action of this lure is amazing and the quality of bait is is awesome.You definitly should have one of these in your box.
April 11, 2008
First Class Performance
This is an excellent lipless crankbait, it casts well, comes with good hooks, has a great selection of colors and best of all it catches lots of fish. I have paid 3 or 4 times this price for a lipless crankbait that equals this quality.
December 9, 2007
A "go to" bait
Don't get me wrong. I love my share of more expensive liplesscrankbaits and other lures. But if someone dropped me off in the middle of nowhere and I only had one bait to rely on for my survival, this would be it. Casts a country mile and bass devour it. Yeah, it's not that durable and after some abuse some of the finish comes off. But at this price who cares. I normally don't ever write reviews for lures, but yesterday I caught this giant gar fish on the 1/4oz. Grabbed it the second it hit the water!
November 27, 2011
To be honest, this is more of a bass bait than a trout bait. However, i caught a very small trout on this lure so it can be done! To do this I used a medium-slow steady retrieve and just waited for a strike.
I have not had much luck catching trout with this bait. In my opinion they are a little to wide. I have caught trout with them but very few. I would use a skinnier and as long or longer lure. In Ma I also don't have very large trout. Normal size are 15" if lucky 18" to 20" is maximum. Good luck!
you are very unlikely to catch a trout on this type of lure... it COULD happen - anything's possible - but a small spoon or in-line spinner would be a much better choice for trout fishing. This lure is designed primarily for bass fishing.
I tie my line directly to it using a Rapala Knot which leaves a loop so it has free range to strut its stuff. Just google Rapala Knot, its pretty easy if you practice it a few times and I am yet to have that knot fail me.
Tie it directly to your line. It will have better action and you can feel the lure moving through the water. That will also lead to feeling a strike. I usually fish lipless baits in the cooler seasons so the strike can be lethargic. Feeling is everything during that time. I sometimes would attach a wire leader if I'm going for pike, but thats as far as I will go.
The best method I have found is BPS fast lock bass snaps. They allow the bait alot of freedom but also don't weigh the bait down to affect vibration. Also makes changing colors a breeze. I tie the snap using a palomar knot, very strong reliable knot.
I have never used the Red Eye . I bought two rattle shad on afternoon and used them that night and had my limit of 25 White Bass in the boat in less than two hours. Now it is the only lure my son-in-law and daughter use
I use both and I think they both are great but for the money the XPS works great I caught more fish then my partner on the same day throwing the same color but he was using the red eye and me the XPS both in XXXgold shad color
I have used both red eye shad and the XPS rattle shad. I prefer the red eye shad when fishing the 1/2 oz. cranks in average to deep water, but I love to use the 1/4 oz. XPS rattle shad in shallow water 5ft. or less. Both have great action and perform well, but I think the XPS rattle shad has better color options, lure design, and is a little lighter than the red eye shad in both sizes.
Both baits are great! The Red eye shad is probably best fished in situations were you want the bait to sink allot because of its little wiggle on the drop, and thats when big bass, from my experience, will come up suck the bait in due to the fact it's an easy meal. In the same way the XPS rattle shad is most successful with plenty of pauses and twitches during the retrieve. Both great value for money, both worth having in the tackle box!
As with any type fishing, it pays to have a good assortment of lures and colors available. I use both and I have had my best luck with the small xps rattle shad. When i fish larger ones i use red eye and X-cailber ones. Hopes this helps.
The red eye shad just sinks quicker in my opinion. I can fish shallow water with fast retrieve with the XPS rattle shad. It runs true all of the time. I can't fish the red eye shad in the shallow water (3 ft or less) without it picking up the weeds. I use a 6:1 ratio reel. I can also feel the xps rattle more when being retrieved. In early spring, I recommend the xps over the red eye shad.
Match the hatch. In the lakes I fish there are a lot of panfish, I typically run colors that resemble them. The river I fish has shiners in it and I do well on blue/chrome or black/chrome. The new XXX chrome shad has worked very well in both situations.
The color of lure should be determined by the lake you are fishing. First and foremost try to match the forage in the lake or pond, second in some cases the water clarity will dictate to a degree what color to use.
Yes, the XPS Rattle Shad will work in you situation. It does not matter what you are fishing out of. You can adjust your depth of retrieve by counting down your lure when it hits the water, 1001-1002-1003 respectively would be about 1 foot of fall per second.
a rattle trap can be fished in that situation. where you go to the shallow end and cast in to the deep part when reeling back in ponds i like to change my speed from slow to fast on the retrieve so yes. as a matter of fact my biggest fish ever was caught with a rattle trap in a pond just like yours.
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