Hey guys RB Bass angler Vern Westberg II here. This time of year can be awesome
for throwing ripbaits. I wanna take a few minutes and share with you my setup
and ripbaits that i throw here on Clear Lake.
First I will tell you about my setup I throw ripbaits on. I’m using a
Dobyns DC 765 CB. Kind of a little long but I make it work. I would prefer to
throw them on a rod that is 6′ 8″ to 7’0″ ft in length. It makes it easier to
work ripbaits for me. I have that rod paired up with a Shimano Curado 200
spooled up with 12 pound P-line CXX.
Now some of the ripbaits I like to throw are a Staysee 90, a Pointer 65
DD, a Pointer 78, a Pointer 100 and a Megabass Vision 110. A Staysee 90 has a
bigger bill which allows it to get down around 10′ ft. It has a deeper louder
rattle sound to it. A Pointer 65 DD is a smaller profile ripbait that dives down
to around 7 – 8 ft and has very little rattle sound to it. A pointer 78 which is
just a little bigger than the 65 DD has a smaller bill dives down to about 4 – 5
ft. It also has very little rattle sound to it. A Pointer 100 is the next step
up in size from the 78 and runs the same depth but it has a nice deep loud
rattle sound to it. Last but not least the Megabass Vision 110. It runs 4 – 6 ft
deep and has a really good rattle sound as well.
When it comes to color choice I keep it pretty basic. I like to throw
ghost minnow or chartreuse shad in lucky craft. I throw the sexy shad color in
the Megabass vision 110. Both of these companies as well as others have a wide
variety of colors. Now depending on water color that’s when I make my color
selection. If water is clear I throw the ghost minnow patter. If the water is
cloudy or dirty I throw the chartreuse shad color. If I am fishing around bait I
try to match the size of the ripbait to the size of the bait in the area as best
Know that depending on line size and diameter it can vary the depth the
ripbait is running. I find that 10 – 12 pound test gets it to the best depth for
me. Might be different for others. You just gotta play around with it.
As far as retrieves that’s something that has a lot of room to mess around
with. I use a jerk and pause retrieve mostly. I also vary the amount of time I
pause the ripbait. 9 times out of 10 I get bit on the pause. The colder the
water the longer the pause. The warmer the water the shorter the pause and the
more erratic action I try to give the bait. I like to fish ripbaits around
docks, rocks and schooling bait fish or fish.
Throwing ripbaits there are many different sizes, styles and colors. These
are just a few I like to throw. Hope you guys enjoy the article. Hope this
information helps you out when it comes to fishing ripbaits. Now get out there
and rip some lips. If you have the opportunity to take a kid fishing do so. They
are the future of the sport and there is an awesome feeling seeing them light up
when the catch one. Get them out to enjoy the outdoors.