Googan Bait's Rattlin' Ned

Googan Bait's Rattlin' Ned
This a Peanut Butter & Jelly Rattlin' Ned affixed to a blue 1/16-ounce mushroom-style jig.

In the eyes of veteran Midwest finesse anglers, there is a sea of change taking place in the tackle industry. That change is exemplified by the vast number of small stick-style baits that are being created and manufactured.

Googan Baits of Thayer, Missouri, has become a contributor to this transition by their creation of their Rattlin’ Ned.

Alan Avery of Googan Baits and a resident of West Plains, Missouri, sent us some to examine.

Here is what we discovered about the Rattlin’ Ned.


In short, it is the most avant-garde stick bait that we have seen.


It is cylinder shaped and 2 5/8 inches long.


Its dorsal area, ventral area, and sides are emblazoned with six tergum-like features, and a tergum is the dorsal plate that covers the abdomen of a crayfish. These six tergums divide the Rattlin’ Ned into six segments, and one of those segments is its head.

Its head is about a half on an inch long. Except for its two small and bulbous eyes, the head’s epidermis is smooth. The tip of the head possesses a diameter of one-fourth of an inch and a circumference of fifteen-sixteenths of an inch. The head’s rim is flat. Inside that rim there is a cavity, which is where a Midwest finesse angler will insert the hook and collar of a mushroom-style jig.

The second tergum is five-sixteenths of an inch wide with a circumference of about 1 3/16 inches at its widest spot.


The third tergum is three-eighths of an inch wide with a circumference of about 1 3/8 inches at its widest spot.

The fourth tergum is five-sixteenths of an inch wide with a circumference of about 1 3/16 inches at its widest spot.

The fifth tergum is five-sixteenths of an inch wide with a circumference of about 1 3/16 inches at its widest spot.


The sixth tergum is one-quarter of an inch wide with a circumference of about one inch at its widest spot.

The core of the fifth and sixth tergums is hollow. And in that cavity is inserted a vacuum-sealed glass chamber that contains two steel ball bearings. The folks at Googan describe it as a “high density internal rattle.”

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The vacuum-sealed glass chamber and its two steel ball bearings are positioned above the Rattlin' Ned rig in this photograph.

Except for the groves created by the six tergums, the epidermis of the Rattlin’ Ned’s entire torso is smooth.

It is manufactured in the following hues: Black Flash, Blue Penny, California Craw, Canada Craw, Dirty Rice, Green Pumpkin Goby, Moon Cake, Mud Minnow, New Money, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Smelt.

It is infused with salt and scent. The scent is called Slaunch Sauce.

A package of eight costs $5.99.

Endnotes:

  1. Here is a link to Googan Baits’ website: https://googanbaits.com/.
  2. Here is a link to the Googan Squad’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCdnua4PSRmgmnLVrzICp_Q.
  3. Here is a link to Googan Squad's website: https://googansquad.com/.
  4. Here is a link to our Midwest Finesse gear guide that featured Googan Baits’ Drag and Drop Worm: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/googan-baits-drag-drop-worm/361673.
  5. Back in the early years of Midwest finesse fishing, the late and great Guido Hibdon used to insert a rattle into his finesse-size Guido Bugs and G2 Tubes. We have not used a rattle since then, but the Rattlin’ Ned has reopened our eyes to its virtues.
  6. Midwest finesse anglers will wield the Rattlin’ Ned on a small mushroom-style jig. And when they present it to their black bass quarries, they will employ all six of the standard Midwest finesse retrieves. Here is a link to a Midwest Finesse column that explains how to execute those six retrieves: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/six-midwest-finesse-retrieves/153946.

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