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Small Waters Strategies – Lipless crankbaits

Small Waters Strategies – Lipless crankbaits

Sep 17, 2013

Fish get crazy in early autumn, feeding aggressively in areas where anglers can reach them. It’s time to pull out the lipless crankbaits and get in on the craze!

Tackle & Techniques – Cold Water

Tackle & Techniques – Cold Water

Mar 17, 2013

“Everyone always talks about the great fishing of spring,” says Bill Dance. “Spring is one of the hardest times to fish because of the constant fluctuations and weather changes.”

Birth of the Rapala Clackin’ Rap

Birth of the Rapala Clackin’ Rap

Feb 3, 2013

Crankbait guru David Fritts came to Rapala’s Mark Fisher with an old lipless crankbait that had a “baritone” rattle and a new idea. Thus was born the Rapala Clackin’ Rap and the Clackin’ series of lures.

Lipless crankbaits: XCalibur XR

Lipless crankbaits: XCalibur XR

Dec 2, 2012

Snowflakes flew off our baitcasters following a severe cold front that found us in sub-freezing temperatures and 20 to 30 mph winds for most of the day. Yet we caught 35 bass – about 25 of them by slowly retrieving these Xr lipless crankbaits just off bottom True, lipless crankbaits are bass killers in spring and fall. But more and more anglers are catching on every year to the fact that those rattling baits work effectively in all four seasons.

No-lips catch staging fish

No-lips catch staging fish

Mar 18, 2012

Location, location, location! That’s the primary theme in the early season when bass are awakening from their winter hangover and have their first thoughts of spring love. And the rattle of a lipless crankbait worked along migration roots to spawning areas is often their alarm clock. See the Small Waters Fishing video featureing Mark Davis.

Lipless crankbaits go deep

Lipless crankbaits go deep

Feb 19, 2012

Fast-falling lipless crankbaits like the new Rapala Rattlin’ Rap enable long casts and effective coverage of deep water even during the heat of summer.