Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap® Series is the number 1 selling hard bait in the world for over 25 years, and there's a very good reason for the Rat-L-Trap's overwhelming popularity. The Rat-L-Trap just flat-out catches fish! Whether your quarry is active or neutral doesn't matter; in addition to the flashing, shimmering shad-like profile and super-tight wiggle, every Rat-L-Trap is calibrated to emit Liv-N-Sound—producing lifelike vibrations that replicate those of distressed baitfish... and predator fish just can't resist. They've had more than a quarter-century to catch up, but no other hardbait can boast the fish-catching success of the Rat-L-Trap. Built right, with premium split rings and a tough Durashell™ finish. Every tackle box should be heavily stocked with Rat-L-Traps.
Flat-out catches fish
Flashing, shimmering shad-like profile
Calibrated to emit Liv-N-Sound
Bleeding Shad colors all have bright red treble hooks.
the best rattle traps money can buy..
Love it ! I can buy on-line and get it in 3 days right to my front door , no driving no waiting in lines it great for fisherman saving time and money ...Means more time fishing.
July 16, 2012
Cant go wrong
This bait is excellent all around. I have 3 favorite lipless ratltraps when i go fishing. Strike King Redeye shad, bass pro shops XPS rattle shad and this. All three of them just catch fish. My favorite colors are chrome blue, electric silver, chartreuse belly craw, chrome black, and bleeding chrome blue. my favorite retreives are a slow retreive or start and stop or let it sink to the bottom and rip it along the bottom. I have been using this bait ever since i started fishing and will never stop using it. i always keep at least 10 in my tackle box and a variety of colors. the paint will chip pretty easily but its a lipless crank and all of them chip at somepoint. give one a try and see what all the hype is about. Good Luck!
March 27, 2012
If it aint broke dont fix it
Cant Go Wrong With Proven performance. This Trap caught me my first maryland double digit largemouth, in december. Minus the 10 pounder.It always seems to perform if U put in the work. Chrome And Chartreuse They Cant help themselves
February 8, 2012
Great bait if used right
The only way I fish with these successfully is just ripping it up and down and reeling up the slack, a lot of the bass bite it on the fall due to the excitement of the random jerks. The hooks are sharp but for some reason, the position of the hooks make you lose alot of fish. They throw the bait very easily, replace the hooks with rotated hooks.
January 4, 2012
They now use "Set-Lok" hooks manufactured by Eagle Claw. The older hooks were pretty good quality too and I thought that they were Eagle Claw as well. The hook sizes vary depending on lure size but the front hook is usually one size larger than the rear hook. An example is the 1/2 ounce size that has a #4 front hook and #6 rear hook.
Well yes but Bill Lewis does make saltwater versions of this bait with better hooks suited for saltwater and better colors for saltwater. If you buy this bait in the saltwater version I recommend red head or chrome w/ pink.
Shad & Crayfish patterns are what I would want on TN river and KY lake. I used to use Rat 'L' Traps as my main lipless crankbait because they worked well just about anywhere I fished. Rapala Clackin' Raps catch bass better than other lipless crankbaits because they make a different sound with 1 huge tunsten rattle in a metal chamber. You need Clackin' Raps - they are better than any other lipless crankbait for big bass. My favorite clear water colors are Yellow Perch & Hot Steel, but Red Crawdad is great in stained water. You will always find Clackin' Raps in all my tackleboxes, and on my rod. They are that great of a lure for huge bass. I start out with a Clackin' Rap on each spot and don't leave a spot without throwing it again. It catches so many good fish that it's hard to put it down and use anything else. In lakes I do great along the deep weed edge tight as possible to the weeds without snagging them. In rivers fish near rock piles, wing dams, and logs/trees.
I have fished Kentucky Lake and various rivers successfully with this bait. When the bite falls off on the 1/2 oz chrome w/ blue back, I will go to a shad color. In stained water, go bright, and in clear, go to natural colors. Early spring, try orange or red. Use burn and drop and pumping methods, along with slow rolling. This bait is AWESOME for ALL fish any size! See my 14# 2 oz Ms Bass caught on a trap! The other three are also over 10# on a trap!
I need to update my last answer to this question.I have found that my first answer was not correct.oops!!Bill Lewis does make a FLOATING RAT-L-TRAP ..And many other types,you just need to look him up on the WEB. They also have the PRO MODEL I wanted to try myself.And a saltwater line too.I hope this helps you find what your looking for.GOOD LUCK TO YOU...
I have both types plus ,Rapalas ,SPots,XPS'YO-ZURI and a bunch more I mean a big bunch! I'm not telling you that a red eye is not as good as a trap .One thing is for sure the RAT-L-TRAPand SPOT have been around for along time .Lippless cranks been around alot of years and going to be alot more.New is not always better.What makes a bait good ? It's who learns what you can do with it. to catch a fish.
I really enjoy fishing the clasic bill lewis,but the red eye shad definatly has places it shines like when you use a yo yo retreve it falls straight down. Unlike the RT that falls to its side. Id suggest just going with the blue chrome rattle trap. P.S. throw it on flats and when the bass are really keying in on shad.
I often pump my rod after every three to nine turns of a 7.1:1 reel by droping the rod tip from 1 o'clock to 3 and picking it back up to 1. The drop time depends on how deep you are fishing or want to fish. Sometimes I'll double pump it, depending how much coaxing the fish need.
Basically you jerk your rod tip up while reeling, the lower it continuing to reel. It will create a pause in your retrieve but the line will remain tight. You can also fish different depths by letting it sink before you retrieve.
What I like to do is reel a little, jerk it up, let it fall briefly with the rod and reel again. When you lift it up it gives it that crazy noise making movement, and fish can't stand that! oh yea, and don't forget to reel in slower on colder water.