DIY Rattles

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Would this work similar to the versa rattler

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  1. Cuda

    Cuda Well-Known Member

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    The lightest rattle I can think of would be a real small straw shrink wrapped to a glass rattle. And could be added to any rig without adding much weight and it would be small too. And you can peg the rattle any where on the rig.
     
  2. twaskom

    twaskom Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

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    Amazing how guys started out with a paddle at about 8 months old and just can't give them up. lol
     
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  3. Catfish_Hunter_D

    Catfish_Hunter_D Active Member

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    Well I fish rivers. Now if you use live bait it will make the rattles rattle while it’s swimming. If your using cut bait any bump to your line will make them make noise. A fish bumping your line, a turtle, you reeling up slack, etc. So even in still water they will rattle just not as much. So if I was fishing still water. I would use the versa rattles and if there is snags a peg float to keep it up off the bottom.
     
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  4. Jbuck

    Jbuck Well-Known Member

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    Last year was the first year I used them (cheap imitation DD's) for the first month to six weeks I was sold on them, they were out fishing my peg floats 3 to 1. By the end of the summer it had evened out with the rattles coming in just 3 fish ahead of the peg floats. I only use floats on Larry Muse Dragon Tail rigs when drifting the Ohio. This year the rattles are out fishing the pegs but I have about 3 months left and I suspect it will be pretty even at the end. One thing about them is durability, my pegs were getting torn off and damaged by big fish and snags, the rattles are going to still be attached and serviceable unless you break off above them. My experience, your mileage may vary.
     
  5. Flat Top

    Flat Top Well-Known Member

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    Most likely for a bank fisherman like me they would be a waste...............unless somebody sees good purpose or a good technique in using them for bank fishing. For that purpose you would almost have to pull and release...twitch, jerk...... the line to get the rattles to work.
     
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  6. Jbuck

    Jbuck Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, don't suspect I would be using rattles in a non current, non moving situation. I don't use them when I tight line from an anchored boat in the Ohio which most often does have enough current to make them rattle a little, maybe.
     
  7. DavidE

    DavidE Well-Known Member

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    You can also get some of the 1/2" glass crappie rattles and put them in your styrofoam cigar floats to make them rattle. Cheaper than DD's
     
  8. eastforker

    eastforker Well-Known Member

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    Nothing wrong with experimenting and trying new ways to catch fish. I like to keep it simple but when there not biting I'm changing something up until they do.
    All the years I been fishing and I still can't get a bait fish to rattle.
     
  9. Catfishcreek

    Catfishcreek New Member Supporting Member

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    A ping pong ball works too. Just drill one hole large enough to put the bb's in and super glue it shut. Then drill two more small holes for either your line to go through or an aerosol spray can straw (the small thin red plastic straws) to go through and glue it then thread your line through the straw. They will work.

    Small Easter eggs will work too. Throw bb's in and glue them shut and do the same thing about the holes.
     
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  10. Catfishcreek

    Catfishcreek New Member Supporting Member

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    Yep, the little glass bass rattles stuck in floats work too.
     
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  11. Chumbucket101

    Chumbucket101 Member

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    Its makes more sense in a boat, but I would question the effectiveness of rattles for lakeshore/bank fishing without current. Some say it works regardless.