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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.
Good price for quality
I bought this lure about a year ago and fished it mainly on lakes and rivers and had great success with it. The majority of the time bass will crush this but the lakes i fish at it isnt uncommon to snag a pike or walleye. Anyhow this rattle shad runs great for a medium to fast retrieve and puts out a good amount of noise. I caught one of the biggest largemouth of my life on this lure and will continue to throw it.
September 25, 2012
Great for casting or trolling through shallow weeds. When I did this I reeled in a smallmouth every five casts. However, you've got to be careful or else you'll get snagged. This lure is one of those magic "one-cast-one-catch" lures that you might see on T.V., except it actually works. Perfect for any fisherman, this is should me the first item on anyone's lure list.
July 30, 2012
After only 3 casts I caught a 7lb. Catfish on the Texas shad!
February 26, 2012
Excellent Lipless Crank
I'm no expert on lipless cranks,. but this is the only one that has produced for me so far. I fished a tournament last year and caught a lot of fish on it. Changed lures a few times without success, then went back to these and got more fish. Not sure why, but these were my best bait that day. I did notice that they have a really good nose-down presentation, almost like it's vertical with the hooks riding straight behind the lure, so you can really smash them into rocks and stumps without worrying about getting hung. I plan on getting more.
February 26, 2012
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.
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 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.