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Rage Tail Rigging Tips and Information

To insure top quality, many Rage Tail baits are made with Shape Save Tabs (SST) and most are cradled in a special “clam” holder inside the package to minimize deformation before they get to you, thus providing optimum action and performance. These features combine to achieve “Right Action Guaranteed Everytime”!

Please note: SEPARATE ALL TABS BEFORE FISHING as seen in the sketches below.
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Follow these rigging tips for each model and: “See what the Rage is all about!”

Rage Tail Eeliminator

If the Eeliminator is hooked right, it cant be fished wrong .
This illustration is very detailed for that purpose and the hook type and size is extremely important as well.

This bait can do it all extremely well if rigged properly in each application: Weightless, Tx and C rigged, Flipped or pitched and Swimbait.

Hooking in the center on the nose and body as well as maintaining the original shape and design of the bait when hooked is imperative and not bowing the back of the bait up when skin hooked

In the future, we will hear of others that are content using a variety of different hooks and I will be happy for their success, but I have used every hook and design under the sun for several years and here are my ideas for best usage and hook ups on hook sets.

1) Standard 4/0 EWG Gamakatsu Superline hook as well as other EWG’s that are of the same approximate size and weight. It is very important not to over hook this bait or use too long of a hook because it will alter the action of the bait by disturbing the tail connection at body. Stretching the body from original length or shape will impede or damage action results as well.

Different hook brands are slightly different in sizes so they should be checked thoroughly.

2) Both the Owner 5/0 twistlock and Moaner 4/0 Stroker Hook are excellent and also and give the best longevity to the bait. Very Important. Make sure the screwlock is centered and the back of bait is not bowed up when light skin hook.

3) I don’t use keel weighted hooks because they kill the side to side action.

4) My favorite use is Carolina rig from extremely light weight like 1/8 pegged upline 10″, to standard C rig with heavier weights for deeper or windy conditions.

5) Weightless extremely slow or quick retrieve.

6) Tx rigged with light unpegged weight 1/4 or less for best action results.

7) If the weight is pegged, it should never be pegged directly to the front of the bait as it will cause the bait to roll over if the weight is pointed off center even slightly.

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Rage Shad

1) This design provides the most noise and water movement of any soft plastic top water design ever.  It is the soft plastic answer to buzz baits, equal or more aggressive in action, noise and water movement yet it can be fished in areas that buzz baits can’t run successfully because there is no prop to tangle in the grass and moss.

2) The Rage Shad should be rigged tail upright for best results using a 4/0 EWG Superline hook. Insert the hook point in the nose of the shad and bring out just past the eye on the bottom side. Push the hook completely thru turning it over so that the point of the hook is pointing towards the bottom of the Shad. Leave the eye of the hook slightly exposed in the tip of the nose. Re insert the hook directly beneath the tail and protrude the hook point and barb area completely thru the body of the bait and allow it to lay just beneath the point of the large tail portion, or skin hook the point back into the body for a totally weedless application. Important to keep the bottom of the Shad as flat as possible so that it will plane out on the surface easily and run perfectly true.

3) This design provides the most noise and water movement of any soft plastic top water design ever.  It is the soft plastic answer to buzz baits, equal or more aggressive in action, noise and water movement yet it can be fished in areas that buzz baits can’t run successfully because there is no prop to tangle in the grass and moss.

4) The Rage Shad should be rigged tail upright for best results using a 4/0 EWG Superline hook. Insert the hook point in the nose of the shad and bring out just past the eye on the bottom side. Push the hook completely thru turning it over so that the point of the hook is pointing towards the bottom of the Shad. Leave the eye of the hook slightly exposed in the tip of the nose. Re insert the hook directly beneath the tail and protrude the hook point and barb area completely thru the body of the bait and allow it to lay just beneath the point of the large tail portion, or skin hook the point back into the body for a totally weedless application. Important to keep the bottom of the Shad as flat as possible so that it will plane out on the surface easily and run perfectly true.

5)You can also use a keel weighted hook for similar top water action and receive further distance in casting and/or wake bait swimming just below the surface.

6) When using screw lock hooks, you can go up on the hook size up to 5/0 and 6/0 as they allow the hook’s eye to set more forward than a standard 4/0 EWG hook and won‘t stretch out the overall length of the body.

7) The Rage Shad rigged with a 3/16 to ¼ oz keel weighted hook also makes an excellent compact swim bait design.

8) Important – Pause a second after the strike to let the line tighten or let the fish load up on the Shad before setting the hook. Many times with top waters on the original strike, the fish will try to cripple the bait then they will quickly turn and eat it. So this slight pause before setting the hook is recommended.

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Rage Toad

1) The Rage Toad provides more splash and water movement than any other soft plastic Toad or Frog design. It is slightly less aggressive than the Rage Shad and excellent in both open water as well as over pads and grass beds.

2) The Rage Toad should be rigged on a 5/0 minimum EWG Superline hook. Insert the hook point in the nose of the Toad approximately 3/8 to ½ inch and bring it out under the toad’s chin. Push the hook completely thru turning it over so that the point of the hook is pointing towards the bottom of the Toad. Leave the eye of the hook slightly exposed in the tip of the nose. Re insert the hook completely thru the belly just ahead of the V between the Toads legs and lay the hook point and barb in the recessed back slot. Then push the point forward to skin hook in the front of the slot to make it totally weedless. Important to keep the nose and bottom of the Toad in its original keel or boat shape so that it will plane out on the surface easily and run perfectly true. If hooked incorrectly, the Toad’s back will be bowed upward and the toad will flip over on its back during the retrieve.

3) You can also use a keel weighted hook for similar top water action and receive further distance in casting and/or wake bait swimming just below the surface.

4) When using screw lock hooks, you can go up on the hook size up to 5/0 and 6/0 as they allow the hooks eye to set more forward than a standard 5/0 EWG hook and won’t stretch out the overall length of the body.

5) Important – Pause a second after the strike to let the line tighten or let the fish load up on the Toad before setting the hook. Many times with top waters on the original strike, the fish will try to cripple the bait then they will quickly turn and eat it. So this slight pause before setting the hook is recommended.

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Space Monkey

1) This design is one of the most popular new Creature Baits on the market. It has unbelievable action regardless of the way it is fished and adds an attractive yet natural look that fish have never seen.

2) The Space Monkey can be rigged with a variety of hook sizes and styles depending on the type of presentation you are looking for. The most popular is Texas rigged using a bullet weight from 1/8 oz to 1 oz depending on the amount of wind and water depth when fishing, ¼ oz is standard. For casting with a drag and stop, or lift and fall retrieve, an un-pegged weight is very popular. For flipping or pitching in brush or trees, a pegged weight is advised to keep the bait and weight together which helps you to better navigate the structure as well as, provide a more vertical presentation.

3) You can also use the Space Monkey as a Jig Trailer when a slightly larger or longer profile is desired over the standard chunk size trailer. This can be used on the standard skirted football, flipping or casting jigs, or on a stand up jig head as well.

4) Carolina rigged is also very effective using as light of a weight as necessary for the wind and depth conditions. This technique allows the bait to free swim at any and all depths which is very attractive to the fish.

5) Another up and coming rig is the Rage Rig using a keel weighted hook like the 1/4oz weighted Stroker swimbait hook from Moaner Hooks in 4/0 or 5/0. This allows the bait to fall with a different profile and action and is extremely effective for finicky fish in shallow water and over grass or moss beds. Light or low wind conditions are best for this style of presentation.

6) Completely weightless using an EWG hook in the sizes mentioned below, gives an excellent finesse top water presentation that allows a gentle fluttering, flapping top action and lets the bait slowly fall in the grass pockets when needed.

7) Any of the popular hook designs are effective with the Space Monkey which includes Standard offset worm hook and EWG hook. Preferred sizes are 4/0 to 5/0 in each.

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Rage Lizard

1) This Lizard is like no other 6 inch Lizard in that its appendages, all 4 legs and the tail all have tremendous action with the slightest movement. Many tournaments have been won on this unique design and many more will follow in the future.The Rage Lizard can be rigged with a variety of hook sizes and styles depending on the type of presentation you are looking for. The most popular is Texas rigged using a bullet weight from 1/8 oz to 1 oz depending on the amount of wind and water depth when fishing. ¼ oz is standard. For casting with a drag and stop, or lift and fall retrieve, an un-pegged weight is very popular. For flipping or pitching in brush or trees, a pegged weight is advised to keep the bait and weight together which helps you to better navigate the structure as well as provide a more vertical presentation.

2) Carolina rigged is also very effective using as light of a weight as necessary for the wind and depth conditions. This technique allows the bait to free swim at any and all depths which is very attractive to the fish.

3) Fishing the Rage Lizard on a lightweight stand up jig head is another popular technique that is used today. As the lizard falls and touches the bottom, its body and tail is still upright off the bottom and presents an attractive meal for the fish.

4) Another up and coming rig is the Rage Rig using a keel weighted hook like the 1/4oz weighted Stroker swimbait hook from Moaner Hooks in 4/0 or 5/0. This allows the bait to fall with a different profile and action and is extremely effective for finicky fish in shallow water and over grass or moss beds. Light or low wind conditions are best for this style of presentation.

5) Completely weightless using an EWG hook in the sizes mentioned below is another popular way to fish the Rage Lizards. This technique is very attractive in extremely shallow water or over the grass and moss beds.

6) Any of the popular hook designs are effective with the Rage Lizard, which includes Standard offset worm hook and EWG hook. Preferred sizes are 3/0 to 4/0 in each.

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Rage Craw

1) Is the most action packed Craw design on the market. With the slightest movement of the rod tip, the claws start flapping back and forth and create terrific action and vibration in the water. This versatile design lends itself to a variety of popular rigging techniques that have proven effective at the highest level on the Pro Fishing Tour.

2) The Rage Craw can be rigged with a variety of hook sizes and styles depending on the type of presentation you are looking for. The most popular is Texas rigged using a bullet weight from 1/8 oz to 1 oz depending on the amount of wind and water depth when fishing. ¼ oz is standard. For casting with a drag and stop, or lift and fall retrieve, an un-pegged weight is very popular. For flipping or pitching in brush or trees, a pegged weight is advised to keep the bait and weight together which helps you to better navigate the structure as well as provide a more vertical presentation.

3) Using the Rage Craw and Jig Trailer is very popular when a slightly larger or longer profile is desired over the standard chunk size trailer. This can be used on the standard skirted football, flipping or casting jigs, or on a stand up jig head as well.

4) Carolina rigged is also very effective using as light of a weight as necessary for the wind and depth conditions. This technique allows the bait to free swim at any and all depths which is very attractive to the fish.

5) Another up and coming rig is the Rage Rig using a keel weighted hook like the 1/4oz weighted Stroker swimbait hook from Moaner Hooks in 3/0, 4/0 or 5/0. This allows the bait to fall with a different profile and action and is extremely effective for finicky fish in shallow water and over grass or moss beds. Light or low wind conditions are best for this style of presentation.

6) Completely weightless using an EWG hook in the sizes mentioned below, gives an excellent finesse top water presentation that allows a gentle fluttering, flapping top action and lets the bait slowly fall in the grass pockets when needed.

7) Any of the popular hook designs are effective with the Craw which includes Standard offset worm hook and EWG hook. Preferred sizes are 3/0 to 4/0 in each.

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Rage Lobster

1) This design is our largest profile Craw specifically made for generating the most water movement and visual action ever produced from a Craw style bait. Its versatility provides the fisherman with an opportunity to attract even the most finicky fish in heavily stained waters.

2) The Rage Lobster can be rigged with a variety of hook sizes and styles depending on the type of presentation you are looking for. The most popular is Texas rigged using a bullet weight from 1/8 oz to 1 oz depending on the amount of wind and water depth when fishing. A ¼ oz is a standard weight and gives maximum action on the Lobster even with this very light amount. For casting with a drag and stop, or lift and fall retrieve, an un-pegged weight is most popular. For flipping or pitching in brush or trees, a pegged weight is advised to keep the bait and weight together which helps you to better navigate the structure as well as provide a more vertical presentation.

3) Using the Rage Lobster as a Jig Trailer is very popular when a much larger or longer profile is desired over the standard chunk size trailer. This can be used on the standard skirted football, flipping or casting jigs, or on a stand up jig head as well.

4) Carolina rigged is also very effective using as light of a weight as necessary for the wind and depth conditions. This technique allows the bait to free swim at any and all depths which is very attractive to the fish.

5) Another up and coming rig is the Rage Rig using a keel weighted hook like the 1/4oz weighted Stroker swimbait hook from Moaner Hooks in 4/0 or 5/0. This allows the bait to fall with a different profile and action and is extremely effective for finicky fish in shallow water and over grass or moss beds. Light or low wind conditions are best for this style of presentation.

6) Completely weightless using an EWG hook in the sizes mentioned below, gives an excellent top water presentation that allows an enticing fluttering, flapping top action and lets the bait slowly fall in the grass pockets when needed.

7) Any of the popular hook designs are effective with the Lobster which includes Standard offset worm hook and EWG hook. Preferred sizes are 4/0 to 6/0 in each.

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10″ Anaconda & 7″ Baby Anaconda

1) This Worm Design is the most advanced in the fishing world today. It has already been responsible for helping to win many major Tournament victories across the country and just recently during the 2008 FLW East West Fish off, Greg Hackney set the all time weight record for a 3 day event with 15 Bass totaling over 109 lbs…..On the 10 inch Rage Anaconda.

2) This design comes in both 7 inch and 10 inch models and can be rigged with a variety of hook sizes and styles depending on the type of presentation you are looking for. The most popular is Texas rigged using a bullet weight from 1/8 oz to 1 oz depending on the amount of wind and water depth when fishing. A ¼ oz weight is a standard and provides excellent action for both. For casting with a drag and stop, or lift and fall retrieve, an un-pegged weight is very popular. For flipping or pitching in brush or trees, a pegged weight is advised to keep the bait and weight together which helps you to better navigate the structure as well as provide a more vertical presentation.

3) Carolina rigged is also very effective using as light of a weight as necessary for the wind and depth conditions. This technique allows the bait to free swim at any and all depths which is very attractive to the fish.

4) Another favorite is the Rage Rig using a keel weighted hook like the 1/4oz weighted Stroker swimbait hook from Moaner Hooks in 4/0, 5/0 & 6/0. This allows the bait to fall with a different profile and action and is extremely effective for finicky fish in shallow water and over grass or moss beds. Light or low wind conditions are best for this style of presentation.

5) Completely weightless using an EWG hook in the sizes mentioned below is another popular way to fish the Rage Anacondas. This technique is very attractive in extremely shallow water or over the grass and moss beds.

6) Any of the popular hook designs are effective with the Anacondas which includes Standard offset worm hook and EWG hook. Preferred sizes are 3/0 to 5/0 for the 7 inch model and 5/0 to 11/0 on the 10 inch version.

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Rage Chunk

1) Is the best action jig trailer on the market today and can be used on the standard skirted football, flipping or casting jigs, and on a stand up jig head as well. It is a very popular trailer for all sizes of jigs. The Rage chunk can be threaded on the hook or just placed on the bottom U shape bend of the hook for a longer profile. It provides maximum action with the slightest movement of the rod tip or on the fall with even the lightest weight jigs.

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