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Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tbehrcomm@gmail.com




Conversations recently heard from bass anglers…to trailer or not. Not as a boat trailer, but whether to add a something special behind a spinnerbait, jig or swim bait.

“I use a trailer about 95 to 100% of the time with a spinnerbait. It makes a great bait even better. Slow down, speed up, let it fall, wake it,” one angler said.

Another adds, "Trim the skirt to hang no longer than the hook. Also I cut some of the skirt higher up to give it some "bulk" and "flare" when popped. Sometimes I match the skirt; other times I want some contrast such as a white skirt and green pumpkin paddle tail.”

Craw worm, swim, and paddle tail: “I heard somewhere that a low action trailer is best. Something with a lot of movement counters the buit-in action of the original. Can’t prove that though. A fun variation is to lose the skirt entirely and do a beaver style bait…”

A swim bait with a 3.5" long trailer adds baitfish mimicking action of all sorts. Add a little more allure to the paddletail, dip the tail in chartreuse.

There’s a broad variety of possible trailer offerings to choose from. A Google search brought up Zoom, Berkley, Strike King, Ozmo baits. Bass Pro Shops offers a combination package of all sorts of soft plastic trailers.

How about on bigger, bulky swimbaits add something like a split tailed trailer, and get better action…does not seem to decrease the baits’ “thump”. Pitching into heavy cover and swimming it out, use some sort of plastic trailer, but for searching do not use one. Everybody has their own theories on the use of versatile trailer.

What’s your take on a bait trailer…agree or disagree from these comments. Add your input in this page’s comments area and lets get a conversation going.

 




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Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (Apr. 1)

FAIR. Water slightly stained; 65-66 degrees; 0.03’ low. Largemouth bass are good with crankbaits, spinners, and jigs shallow and with cover. There are so many habitats to fish largemouth. Make sure to find extended cover spots. Striped bass are fair. White bass remain slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in structure. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.