Fishing fans may have noticed Mark Daniels Jr. mainly credited a 1/2 oz craw-colored Rat-L-Trap (shown here) for his top-10 finish at this past weekend's FLW Rayovac on Guntersville.
Amidst the excitement of this event, Daniels offered up some of his 'Trap tips for next month's Rat-L-Trap Open on the California Delta. Here is what he had to say...
'TRAP TIP #1 - Stages of the Spawn
The tournament is going to be held in April, which means the bass are going to be all stages of the spawn. There are going to be a lot of different ways to catch fish. The Rat-L-Trap lipless crankbait is something that everyone knows. You can find one in everyone's tackle box. Most everyone has grown up fishin' them, but that isn't the only Rat-L-Trap lure that is going to come into play here. I would definitely be throwin' the new Echo 1.75 squarebill.
The pre spawners are going to be in the front and mouths of spawning bays and flooded islands. Of course, these are going to be the bigger fish. I would also check the front of dead-end sloughs.
The spawners won't be too far away, around those same areas. Bluegill pattern baits are going to be best, because they are guarding and chasing off bluegill to keep small baitfish always from the nest.
A lot of males and some females will hang around after the spawn to guard the fry. These are the fry guarders or post spawners. If you come through there with a Rat-L-Trap, they're going to see it. A lot of the times the fry and the fry guarders will sit on the corners of the docks. I would throw the 'Trap or the squarebill around the docks.
Read more tips:
'Trap Tip #1 - Stages of the Spawn
'Trap Tip #2 - 4-Wheel Drive a Squarebill
'Trap Tip #3 - Size Does Matter
'Trap Tip #4 - Braid VS. Fluoro
'Trap Tip #5 - Right Rod
'Trap Tip #6 - Color Selection
The Rat-L-Trap Open, a Best Bass Tournaments (BBT) event, presented by Cousins Tackle blasts off on April 19, 2015 at Russo's Marina.
All anglers are welcome!
Entry is $100 per boat, with an optional big bass pot for $20.
100% payback is offered.
All current Bill Lewis products are now eligible, including lipless and lipped lures such as the Echo 1.75 and the Slap-Stick.
More information: http://www.bestbasstournaments.com/ratltrap