Back to introducing some more non-traditional rigs!
Have you ever used a rattle trap? These rigs are perfect for catching bass in late winter and early spring because the extra vibration added by the rattle really draws in the slow moving fish that are gearing up to begin feeding.
This rig is more focused on a specific lure rather than a specific knot and weight setup: you gotta use a lipless crankbait. Still, I like to consider it a rig because you could actually attach a rattle in addition to the lure, or use a rattle plus a soft plastic instead, which I'll introduce next time.
Once you cast this lure out, it'll sink until you begin a retrieve, and then it will stay at that depth unless you pause to let it go down even farther. Compared to silent crank baits, this will let fish know that its coming, and this can draw in more fish before they even see it coming.
There are hundreds of kinds of lipless crankbaits, so you can find the perfect one for you location and conditions.
The reason you want to use lipless crankbaits is to avoid getting snagged. The slanted front will push it over some snags, and you can then use this lure in open water or in shallow weed beds, both areas where you might find early spring bass getting ready for the warmer weather.
If you haven't tried this yet, you're missing out on a fun lure for early spring fishing: give it a go! Tight lines, everyone.