Lures that wiggleand wobble through the water are usually all it takes to draw a strike, butsometimes fish need a bit more encouragement before they’ll commit.
That’s wheretrailers added to the rear end of a lure come in handy. Trailers made ofplastic or a natural material such as pork rind or chamois can close the dealon fish that aren’t aggressive. Here are some ways to get the most from theseadded attractions.
KEEP IT INPLACE Add a touch of quick-drying glue to the hook just before setting a plastictrailer into position to prevent it from sliding around the hook bend onretrieve.
ATTACH WITHEASE Use a split ring and a snap that opens at both ends (such as a DuoLock,Cross-Lok or Norman Speed Clip) to attach a spinner blade to any lure.Willow-leaf, Indiana or Colorado blades can be used. Attach one end of thedouble-end snap to the spinner blade, or attach a split ring to the blade andthen the snap to the split ring and hook. The split ring can be fitted over thehook point and slid down the bend, where it’s kept securely in place by a smallchunk of discarded soft-plastic bait.
GET FANCY Gussy up a pork or plastic trailer by using a large yarn needle to threadcolored yarn (red is good) through the body. Tiny rattles also can be attachedto a trailer.
SLAP LEATHER Strips of thin cham ois cut from an old polishing rag can serve double duty astrailers. Pierce the head end with a hook point to attach it in place.
PICK ANYLURE Add trailers to lures such as topwater plugs and underwater crankbaits. Thebest lure choices are those that have a tail hook, as opposed to a hookattached to the rear belly of the plug. (Attaching a trailer to a belly hookwill dampen the lure action.) Choices include removing the standard treble hookand replacing it with a dressed tail such as the Storm FlashTail hook(synthetic flash material), Excalibur Bucktail trailers (bucktail and flash),or Owner Tournament Trailers (feathers and Mylar flash). Most are available insizes 8 through 2.
TANDEM-RIGGED TRAILER LURES
Trailers, Texas-rigged with a hook, are ideal as atandem lure retrieved behind topwater lures or even crankbaits, weedless spoonsor jigs.
• Use a 12- to 18-inch leader of monofilament of abreaking strength slightly less than that of the fishing line. This might keepyou from losing the main lure in case the trailer hangs up.
• Tie the mono to the trailer hook with an improvedclinch knot, then tie the other end to the rear screw eye of a plug, or thebend of the hook on a spoon, spinnerbait, buzzbait or jig.
• Use a trailer as light as possible to prevent it frominterfering with the action of the main lure.
A QUICK FIX FOR SHORT STRIKERS
When fish just grab at the tail end of a lure, atrailer hook will improve your catch rate.
• Just slip the eye of the trailer or “stinger”hook over the point of the lure’s hook, than slide it down to the bend.
• A small piece of plastic worm or rubber tab will holda trailer hook in place. Single stinger hooks are particularly effective onspinnerbaits and buzzbaits.
• Lindy makes a pre-rigged stinger treble hook (shownbelow). The eye is covered with a rubberized material to keep it in place.Packaged in pairs, the treble stingers cost less than a buck apiece. –Colin Moore
Fishwill target chamois leather cut into shapes that suggest frogs orbaitfish.