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Saturday, February 28, 2009

• Decapitated Rattle Trap

So when I went out on Caddo Lake on Wednesday, I was casting a spinnerbait and a craw colored rattle trap. After catching two chain pickerel on the rattle trap, I was feeling pretty confident out there. I went about fishing the cypress trees in the same fashion in hopes of catching some more fish. While standing at the front of the boat, I made a sidearm cast to the left. In the middle of the cast, I heard a loud thwap. It was the sound of my rattle trap hitting the top of the Motorguide trolling motor. I don't know how many times I've done this in the past with other lures. That darn motor really is a casting hazard. I turned to my right to see my rattle trap flutter down away from my line which was just dangling in the breeze. Within seconds, I had the anchor down and the magnet out. I dragged the bottom for a bit and finally retrieved the lure, at least most of it anyway. The head was long gone. Might as well have a sense of humor about these kinds of things. I really must be more careful out there.



I feel your pain. I did this with a Lucky Craft one morning. My Minn Kota broke the bill off of my CB flat. I almost cried. I even considered putting padding on the top of my trolling motor.

Capt. Dick said...

I don't mean to be stupid or anything, but how are you hitting your trolling motor? If you fish like most fishermen that I've seen, you would be standing pretty close to it so you could control it, either with a hand control or a foot control. If you are standing next to it I don't see how you could hit it with your lure. Just curious.

Also, just thought I would let you know that, although I guess you could call me one of those "redneck" fishermen since I was raised in in a small town in East Tennessee, I agree with your comment that fishing blogs have no place trying to advance a political agenda.

Capt Dick Loupe
Southern Outdoorsman Guide Service

BassFishingDem said...

I guess it's a perfect combination of factors. The floor of a Tracker V-18 sits much lower than many bass boats. It's not even with the edge of the boat. The top of the trolling motor rests right at the point of the bow. I'm only 5'9 and when I get ready for a sidearm cast, the end of my rod can hover right over the motor. That means the lure will hang awfully close. So when I cast to one side of the boat, the motor can get in the way. Happens all the time when I'm making quick sidearm casts off to my left. I just have to be careful.