In general, using a live bait such as minnows or night crawlers is most effective when fishing for bass. If you are using a rattle trap lure in salt water, then using shrimp or squid as bait will be more successful than using artificial lures.
You can also try reeling it in slowly, or trolling with it behind the boat. Experiment until you find what works best for the conditions where you’re fishing.
First, make sure you use the right type of bait for the species of fish you’re trying to catch. For example, if you’re fishing for bass, use a soft plastic bait that mimics a crayfish or frog.
Second, always cast the lure upstream and allow it to drift naturally downriver. The rattle will help attract the fish, and they’ll usually strike when the lure is closest to the shoreline. Be patient and don’t reel in your line too quickly; let the fish take some time to suck in the bait before setting the hook.
It can also be effective to use a stop-and-go retrieve, which involves pausing briefly after each cast before beginning to reel in the slack line. This will help create more of a wobble motion and entice more fish to bite.
Some fishermen also like to use a stop-and-go retrieve where they reel the lure in for a few seconds and then let it go again. Experiment with different techniques until you find one that works best for you.
First, make sure you use the right size bait for the type of fish you’re targeting. You also want to use the right weight of lure for the conditions you’re fishing in (ie. if the water is deep or shallow).
Next, make sure you use fresh bait and securely attach it to your lure. And finally, always be patient and wait for the right moment before casting your line.
Remember, bass are ambush predators and they often strike at prey that’s swimming nearby. So try to anticipate where the fish will be and cast your line accordingly. Good luck!
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