Musky America Magazine

RATTLING UP BIG MUSKY By Al Denninger This article is about noise; the rattling noise that many lure manufacturers build into their baits. Its not new - the first sound chamber bait was The Drake Sea Bat back in the late 1930's. Manufacturers have since improved on them over the years, with more and more companies coming out with their own versions of the rattling bait. If this was a word association quiz, I'd say "rattle bait", and you'd probably say "bass bait" as the comeback. But ask the same question to those who have had a lot of experience with this style of lure and the comeback more than likely would be walleye or Musky. Surprised? Well don't be. It's been well known by many of the top guides for years that these so called bass baits were their ace in the hole for those slow days on walleyes and surprisingly they caught a fair number of Musky on them, also. Well it wasn't long before rattle baits were not just for slow days anymore. It has now become one of the first baits out of my tackle box. When it comes to Musky fishing, we all know how much of a traditionalist many can be. But believe me, it's worth breaking ranks and trying to rattle up "Big Green". Here is a classic example of what I mean about a traditionalist. A few years ago I was guiding two clients on the Chippewa Flowage for Musky. It was one of those hot dog days in early August. In four hours of fishing we only managed to pry loose one small Musky from the deep weeds. After enjoying a delicious home cooked meal at Herman's Landing, I suggested that after lunch we try walleye fishing for an hour or two. Both clients gladly agreed. Out came two count-down minnow style baits and one RAT-L-TRAP , and we began working the same deep weeds we had struck out on before lunch. In two hours fishing we boated and released a 38" and a 39 ½" Musky and 5 walleyes from 15-19" plus one 25 incher. Not bad for a dog day afternoon. All but two walleyes were caught on the RAT-L-TRAP . The clients were happy but told me they really didn't like fishing with this type of bait. They preferred the bucktails.