August 20, 2019
By Ned Kehde
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.”
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.