Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bass Fishing with the Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap

Kwanza Henderson put the word out that he was going to organize a Rat-L-Trap only Facebook tournament for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and peacock bass. This tournament will be a ten fish stringer limit. You can only use actual Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps not imitations but you can modify your Bill Lewis lures. Most of the modifications are related to changing the hooks from a treble hook to a single style hook. Thoughts of possibility even downsizing to a single treble hook at the front or rear of the lure was a thought.
Tournaments like this really push the confidence of anglers by forcing you to get out of your comfort zone. So I decided to take the plunge and participate in this tournament. First place winner would get 100% payback and 2 dozen Rat-L-Traps. By the time the tournament started Kwanza had 14 participations for this tournament. My plan was to fish a great private pond that occasionally I have access to in Summerville that has a ton of huge largemouth bass using a ½ oz Rat-L-Trap in the shad coloration and a floating ½ oz Rat-L-Trap in a similar color pattern.
The Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps have been around for a long time. These lures have stood the test of time and have proven to be the most effective lipless crankbaits ever made for bass. These lipless crankbaits have proven themselves for pike, walleye, crappie, redfish, stripers and other types of game fish. ‘Outdoor Life’ magazine has referred to the Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap as the “Most Influential Fishing Lure” of all time in their article about fishing lures that are in the Fishing Lures Hall of Fame.
I would have these lures attached to the line of two Lews American Hero Speed Stick rods with Tournament Baitcast Reels with 20 lb power pro braid. I will also attach a monofilament 20 lb leader that will be attached to the Rat-L-Traps. Lew’s American Hero series is a product that is a product to honor our American veterans. Lew’s will be pledging a portion of profits from the sales of every American Hero rod along with other select products in the support and help in organized programs that benefit the mind, spirit, soul and body of our veterans on their return to enjoying fishing.
My plan to fish this private pond is to follow the water depth from the Raymarine Dragonfly. When the water depth is between shallow to 4 feet I would be casting the floating Rat-L-Trap to keep the lure out of the weeds. When the depth was above the 4 feet mark I would change to the regular Rat-L-Trap. The concept would be in maintaining the lure at a consent water column in the hopes that a huge bass or two and hopefully my ten bass stringer for the tournament. On this particular day of fishing I managed to land twelve largemouth bass ranging from 12” to the biggest at 19”. The ten fish stringer total measurement was 181.5 inches.
The tournament rules allowed four fish upgrades. One fish per week only but when week four arrived Kwanza added a twist for the last week. The twist was an additional five fish upgrade along with the single fish upgrade. This twist has the possibility of helping the other competitors to overtake my ten fish total. So to ensure to hold my position I will have to attempt to catch five fish to replace the smaller largemouth bass on my stringer. Making another visit to the private pond and using the same plan as earlier.  This time the fishing was not as great. I managed to catch about a nine bass of which ranged between 13” to the biggest at 19.25 inches. Of which I could only use three of the fish caught to replace two 17 inchers and an 18 inch largemouth bass. This brought my total ten fish stringer to 187 inches.
Tony Dean caught the BIGGEST fish of the tournament so Kwanza sent Tony 5 Rat-L-Traps from his personal tackle box.
Photo by Tony Dean
Jean McElroy won a YakAttack Retractor for posing the best selfie of the tournament. The photo made it feel like that you were there for the excitement.
Photo by Jean McElroy
Top three finishers all caught ten fish limit:
  1. Darrell Olson with 187 inches
  2. Bill Sikora with 148.75 inches
  3. Tony Dean with 129 inches

This was a great tournament that Kwanza Henderson organized and ran. It was fun; it actually forced me to learn about fishing a lipless crankbait. I just might have to try the Rat-L-Trap in saltwater inshore or out at the Jetties this spring. I think that there were 66 bass caught for this tournament for a total of 900 inches for an average bass length of nearly 14 inches.
I understand that Kwanza Henderson is already got something in the works for a spring or summer tournament. I know that I will be on the board for his next event. Thanks again Kwanza d for this tournament.

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