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one out of every twenty bites or so) but that is why I don’t use it all the time if I don’t have to in tournament situations. That being said, when the sh aren’t biting well, pork can often generate many more bites than a soft plastic trailer. The way pork is made makes it special. You will nd some trailers that are more pli- able than others and ones with different thicknesses of the leather-like skin. Those features give each trailer a unique action. I keep a large stockpile of #11, #101, and #1 sizes to choose from in order to make one jar of tournament- ready trailers that are absolutely perfect. For colors, I try and keep it sim- ple: black, blue, black/chartreuse and green pumpkin. Those are the one I use most. Uncle Josh also offers pork trailers with ake. Although the ake will wear off over time, it is a feature that gives it another look. I’ve done just about anything that you can imagine with pork, and what I’ve found is that the more you mess with the fatty part of it, the less effective it is. I’ve experimented with trimming the thickness of the fat, cutting lines across the body, and other modi- cations. What I’ve found is that it will start to turn white on you. The only true modi cation that I make today is slitting the legs up to the fat to give it more action. The most obvious difference between pork and plastic can be seen in cold water. I don’t know how to explain it, but if you look at the underwater action of pork in cold water, it just looks right. It moves subtly. Pork trailers were a big factor at an October FLW Series tournament on Lake of the Ozarks a couple years ago for that reason. I led going into the last day, and ipping a jig with a pork trailer accounted for nearly all of the sh that I weighed. At that tournament, sh just would not touch a jig with a soft plastic trail- er. With so many plastic trailers on the market today, pork is almost completely overlooked.

Growing up, my dad only used two lures: a plastic worm and a Rapala Fat Rap. Of course, seeing my dad catch sh on it motivated me to give it a try, and I’ve used them ever since. It is a great lure for replicating crawdad move- ment in the water. When sh are in the crawdad-feeding mode, there is no other crankbait as effective in catching those sh. I use it interchangeably with other medium-running ones like a Storm Wiggle Wart or Rapala DT-6. It is just something that has a differ- ent action than the others, and helps me to put another bite or two in the boat after they get used to what I am throwing. This is especially important to do if you are shing a stretch multiple times during the

course of a day. Two of my favorite color schemes are: a green back, gold sides and orange belly, and the crawdad color that they still make today. The Fat Rap is one of my all-time favorite crankbaits.

It all boils down to shing pressure, and the only way to pres- ent the sh with something that they have not seen every day is to either throw something brand spanking new, or something that is so old that people have forgotten about it. That is the way I look at it. When you know you can catch sh on a lure that other people don’t have, it changes your whole psyche. And that breeds con dence. BW



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