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Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap® Series is the number 1 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 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.
Bill Lewis Original Rat-L-Trap Hardbait
I have caught every thing from big ole musky to small little sunfish. This thing catches fish. I have had really good luck with chrome/blueback. I out fish my buddies 9 outta 10 times with this lure. Buy it you will be grateful.
June 29, 2014
Best Purchase hands down
It is one of my go to baits, with the green top it don't give off to much flash as a solid crome will do. I can out fish my partner in front or in the rear of the boat with it. It is amazing the fish it will add to your livewell.
December 16, 2013
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
I loved this so much! It attracts fish fast! Definitely a must have for your tackle collection!
August 26, 2013
They can work for pike/walleye. The size and color, though, depend on when and where you are fishing. Since it can vary from one body of water to another, we suggest you speak to someone locally, such as local marinas or bait shops. Your local conservation department will also be able to help.
I have caught many nice walleyes and northern pike on these lures. The best color depends on the type of forage that the fish generally feed on where you're fishing, but for me, the lures that replicate shad colors work best because that's the primary fish in my lake for walleyes and northerns to feed on. Whether you catch big fish or little fish depends on the location and general size of the fish in the water you're fishing. Personally, I've got walleyes ranging from 2 lbs up to 7 lbs on this lure. Northern pike generally run larger. As for size of the lure, I use the 3-inch version most often.
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!