Ken Mah Talks Rat-L-Trapper
- 18 Jun, 2018
From Ken Mah
The rattle trap is a foundational bait for me. I remember as a kid throwing chrome and blue and some type of red that you could buy almost anywhere. Over the course of my career I have won hundreds of thousands of dollars on it, and it continues to be a staple lure in my every-day arsenal. Almost from the beginning I've also been tweaking the packaged rattle trap.
When I was approached about a collaboration between Bill Lewis and Trapper Tackle I was obviously very excited: I could help design a bait that can be thrown right out of the package.
Weeks turned into months as we figured out the right combination. We tested tirelessly across the nation: Grass, rocks, wood, tules, brush--you name it, we threw the Rat-L-Trapper into it! We tried different sized hooks, mis-matched hooks, split rings, oval line ties: it seemed like every time we started to settle on the perfect formula, someone would make it even better.
Talk about getting butterflies: When the finished product was presented to the leadership at Bill Lewis and Trapper Tackle, I felt like I was going on my first job interview all over again. Both sides said “Yes, we love it!” and I felt a real sense of accomplishment.
Needless to say, the new Rat-L-Trapper is set up exactly how I would do it--exactly as testers in the R&D process designed it. It’s worth every penny for the upgraded split rings, line tie and award-winning Trapper treble hooks.