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Lipless Crankbaits for Smallies

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Just wondering what lipless crankbaits everyone throws for smallies?  What brand,  color, and size?

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I haven't caught that many smallies on a lipless but the ones I have caught came on a chrome/blue back/orange belly 1/2oz Rat-L-Trap.

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I have good success with a Rapala #7 Rattlin Rap in red crawdad.

Falcon

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Ive caught them on #5 Rattlin Rapala in shad color

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Caught a four pounder by Bosher's Dam in the James River in Richmond a few years ago by throwing a 1/4 ounce chrome with a black back Rat-L-Trap.

My friend, who was with me, had a heart attack when I unhooked her and let her go.

He could not beleive I released her.

I told him I release all fish with the exception of speckled trout and redfish!

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My personal experience is that they're not particularly fussy about brands or colors. I've used Traps, Spots and Rapalas in a variety of colors.

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I was fishing a BFL tourney on Lk ST Clair, and my boater was using a excaliber lipless in ghost color. He had his 5 fish limit within 35 min. of fishing. I was using crawl colored and they wouldn't even touch it. He loaned me a ghost colored lipless, and caught 3 within minutes.

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After a spinnerbait, lipless is the way to go when searching for smallies.  Rat-L-Trap is by far my favorite. My second largest smallie ever came on a gold Rat-L-Trap in the fall over grass.  5lbs.  

Love those Traps over St. Clair grass beds on the flats.  Hang on  baby!!!!

Jeff

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my personal opinion is that the action of the lipless crank is more important than  the color.  I have many times been in the same boat and using the same color as two or three other people and I still catch more fish and larger than the rest.  I pesonally like to burn and rip it.  I think by doing this I get the fish to hit it out of reaction.  And a lot of times when you are fishing a reaction bite the color doesn't matter all you have to do is get the bait in their window for striking.  

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