A couple of years ago, a friend
of mine and I were fishing a Thursday night jackpot bass
tournament down on Arbuckle Lake.
Even though it was a team tournament, I have been known on more
than one occasion to play some mean tricks on my fishing partners
such a tournament.
About an hour into the tournament, my fishing partner commented
that he couldn't understand why I seemed to be catching all of the
fish. After all, we were using identically rigged worms of the
same color and size, the same line size and were fishing rocky
banks down along the dam.
When I had finally boated my tenth bass I confessed to my partner
that I was inserting a rattle in my worms and that had to be the
Needless to say, he was not a happy camper, but over the years he
has gotten use to such tactics on my part. He immediately began
putting the rattles in his worms and as a result caught several
bass before the tournament was over.
I don't know that the use of rattles in plastic worms will always
make a difference, but more often than not, they do help.
There are three basic styles of worm rattles on the market; glass,
plastic, and metal.
Rattles are a great addition to any plastic bait because they add
the dimension of sound to the bait. It's surprising how much sound
given off utilizing such a small device, and it's common knowledge
that sound is magnified under water and travels much farther.
Often during the spawn, bass seem to be triggered into striking a
bait with a rattle in it when they will hardly take notice if it's
quite lure. One of the noisiest lures made is the Rat-L-Trap, and
many fishermen believe adding a worm rattle to a plastic bait is
just as effective.
Using rattles in my plastic baits has a lot to do with the
confidence that I have in them, and in many respects it's like
some sort of scent spray, some anglers believe it helps, others
One things for sure, you won't see me out on the water without
having an ample supply of worm rattles in my tackle box. I might
just be fishing with one of my fishing buddies that is catching
bass on a worm with a rattle in it, and I really have my doubts
that they would "loan" me one.
Placing rattles in plastic baits have a definite application in
four key situations: weedy lakes, off-colored water, at night, and
during the spawning season.
In addition to plastic worms, lizards, craws, or flukes, rattles
can also be attached to jigs, tube baits, spinnerbaits, or other
with a drop of super glue.
Although I often use plastic, glass, and metal rattles, my
preference is the metal ones. If you have trouble finding them, I
the ones made for Garrett Salty Mega Tubes. You can contact them
at MST Mfg. , 128 CR 108, Jonesboro, AR 72404 (870-935-4914) or on
the web at
www.midsouthtackle.com. They also make an excellent plastic
worm rattle that works well in their Mega tubes.
When I fish Lake Murray at night, I always use a grub, craw, or
worm with a rattle in it. If I use a jig and craw at night then I
utilize a jig that has a built-in rattle.
When fishing the cattails and grassbeds in the upper end of the
lake I like to use a rattle in all of my plastic baits. It seems
attract the bass, especially in heavier cover.
Rattles have a place in every fisherman's tackle box and there are
many ways to use this small inexpensive piece of fishing
equipment. If you will experiment with them on the water you fish
you will probably be surprised at the results.