Still movin’ that handle — and you for sure shouldn’t have just 1 kind of lipless in your boat or tacklebox. Little changes can mean a lot this time o’ year….
That time of year fo sho fo liplesses. Kickin’ it off with Elitist Stetson Blaylock:
> “I really like to throw a Hard Knocker in ‘Rayburn red’ mainly on transitions leading in to spawning bays and pockets. I feel like it’s a great option when you have that crazy spring weather — you’re able to cover water and catch those big aggressive pre-spawn females that are starting to stage up.”
Here’s Stetson talkin’ ’bout exactly this bait at exactly this time of year:
Some local won a little deal called the 2019 Bassmaster Classic using this bait. Said:
> “The biggest thing I like to do with the Vibe is slightly lift and drop it. I wouldn’t call it pumping — that’s too strong for what I do with it. Think of swimming a hair jig in the summer but much more subtle.
> “Heavier line also helps the bait fall slower and can trigger more bites. For this I use 17-lb fluoro and a 6.8:1 reel with a 7′ cranking rod. The only modification I make other than Sharpie colorations is to upsize hooks to VMC #2 short shank Hybrid Trebles
Ott’s fave colors this time of year are at-times altered “rusty craw” and “red craw.” Here he is talkin’ ’bout how he fished this bait to win that little ol’ derby:
BPTer Zack Birge likes the 3/4-oz Yo-Zuri Rattl’N Vibe in “matte Rayburn red craw.” Here’s how he fishes it:
> “…depends on how you are fishing the bait. If you are targeting bluff walls or rocky areas that hold heat, then a shorter rod is a good choice. A medium gear-ratio reel with 14-lb Yo-Zuri TopKnot 100% Fluorocarbon
is typically how I fish this bait.
> “If I am in a lake with grass, I prefer a longer rod so I can snap the Vibe out of the grass and take up a lot more line. Here I will use 20-lb TopKnot if I can get away with it, but in some instances where the grass is really thick I will bump up to 30-lb Yo-Zuri SuperBraid
> “Let the fish tell you how they want to eat it. Casting and reeling the bait is typically how I will start, but if I see bait being chased to the surface and active fish, I will usually start yo-yoing the bait.”
You forget about the Super Spot? (That’s ^ “tomato red.”) Maybe you never knew about it? One of the original lipless baits, and still works. Two deals with this older-school lipless:
> Has a really high-pitched rattle.
> Has more “float” to it than other similar-size lipless baits, so it’s good over grass and shallow cover.
Word is that “tomato red” color has a dull red shine to it that works great in off-color water.
Gotta shout out this bait and those colors. Haven’t fished this 3/4-ouncer yet, but supposed to be great for burning and hopping, and have a higher-pitched rattle. Those colors tho — real similar to staples for lipped cranks so…”blue back chartreuse” on top then “citrus shad” — and yep, that “shad dot” on the top bait is in the right place….