October 05, 2013
Lake Fork Rat-L-Trap Shoot Out
Bass looked for cover on Lake Fork Saturday morning, but many couldn’t keep from being sniped by the anglers firing away at the first ever Rat-L-Trap Shootout. Fishermen from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, and other states hit the water to see who was the best Rat-L-Trap strapping angler on Lake Fork.
When the ‘Traps were holstered and the anglers came to weigh-in it was Paul Wirta and Shawn O’Malley that came away with the title. The winning lure was a “Floating” Rat-L-Trap in chrome/black back with a white-feathered hook on the tail. They fished it shallow around vegetation to get their key bites. The duo also managed to take the big fish 1st place prize with a fish under the 16 inch Lake Fork slot that weighed 2.38 lbs.
While many fishermen reported catching multiple 4 to 7 lb. fish, they all were under the 24 in. slot, and no over 24’s were brought in. Despite the nasty northwestern front that moved in and whipped up winds, all the anglers seemed to have a good time on the water, and everyone made it in safely.
March 01, 2013
2013 Rat-L-Trap Classic
The 2013 Rat-L-Trap Classic was held at Lake Guntersville on Feb 2, 2013. Anglers from over 9 states participated to see who was the best on the Rat-L-Trap that day. Nineteen teams weighed in with over 20lb. bags with the biggest fish weighing in at 9.6 lbs. These amazing results occurred in water temps of 49 degrees and snow coming down in the morning!
Interestingly enough, the team that won it all consisted of two college students, Taylor Luna and Cameron Gautney, from the Muscle Shoals area. They even finished ahead of the Elite Series Pros. The Trap they used was a custom-painted color that we had never seen before. It was developed by Bob Risner of Florence, Alabama. Taylor and Cameron said the color made all the difference, as they couldn't get a bite on their other colored Traps.