This past winter while making some new crankbaits I found myself wondering why doesn’t anyone make a wood trap for bass? To the best of my knowledge, all of the lipless crankbaits I have seen, in my lifetime, have all been made of plastic. Now I’m not saying that a wood lipless crankbait doesn’t exist, but if it does it has been a pretty guarded secret in the bass world.
So… I decided to make one. Starting out with a flat-side wood crankbait body it appeared there really wasn’t much work that needed to be done. The overall shape and profile was a pretty close match. From what I could tell, all this wood body needed was a flat nose to create the tight vibration seen in a lipless crankbait. To help create the proper shape and to identify the correct angle I just traced a 3″ ratltrap on a piece of paper and cut it out. Now the profiles didn’t match exactly but it did allow me to identify some key features to a proper running lipless crankbait.
- Angle of the flat nose
- Line tie placement
- Belly hook hanger placement
With those 3 features identified I also bored a small hole between the nose and the belly hook hanger and epoxied in a 3/16 oz tungsten weight to create the nose down positioning needed. With a flat nose and the proper nose down posture I was pretty confident this bait would shake. What I wasn’t sure about was will the bait swim correctly. To help with this I decided to attach one of the medium sized decoy open swivels to the line tie. Today was the initial test day so check out the video below.