Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap Series is the number one selling hardbait 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 oval split rings and a tough Durashell finish. Every tackle box should be heavily stocked with Rat-L-Traps.
Bleeding Shad colors all have bright red treble hooks.
Rated 5 out of 5 by VanBJ Love Rattle Traps
I've used Rattle Trap lures for many years, and almost always have great success with them for bass, walleyes, and even crappies.
August 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by fmarhx Amazing Purchase!
I loved this so much! It attracts fish fast! Definitely a must have for your tackle collection!
August 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by fljonfish Great serching lure
This is my favorite searching lure when there is just tons of structure to throw at. It catches ever kind of bass imaginable, whites, hybrids and largemouths just to name a few. I have the most luck with shad colors and a steady moderate retrieve. Fish can easily spit lipless cranks though, so be watchful. Great bait for beginners.
August 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Every fisherman needs at least one
This bait has been on the selves for a long time and over that time it has made a big name for itself. Over the past couple of years the people at Bill Lewis Lures have made a lot of changes to the bait and came out with new colors to give us as the "fisherman" that edge we need to be at the top. The new Set-Lock hooks are SUPER sharp and help tremendously with hook-up ratios, also the new colors just add to the versatility of this bait!
I've been fishing The Rat-L-Trap for years and just love it that much more now!
July 26, 2013
I fish in San Diego lakes but most of the time up in the mountains of Utah where some of my family and close friends live. I want to know if you use the color rainbow trout or if you use a different color thanks!
I'm not sure about your lake, but I prefer the original hooks. I'm not a big red hook fan on any of my baits, but that's a personal decision. Your best decision is the RAT-L-TRAP, regardless of the hook!
it depends on the water your fishing. the lakes i fish are clear so i tend to fish more natural looking baits. white silver or craw colors. in darker water i will use a brighter colored bait. the red hooks adds flash or a bleeding affect. hope that helps. keep reeling!!!
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.