Q: What is our patent number?
A: US Patent No: US 7,614,178 B2
Q: Why does the plastic seem to split when I rig it on the jig?
A: Please refer to our instructional videos and the instructions on the packages. We rig slightly differently than a standard jig. Where on a standard jig you put the point of the hook dead center of the plastic, on the Rockport Rattler jig it is imperative to have the barrel of the rattle dead center of the plastic. So start the hook point shallower towards the spine of the hook. Then when the plastic starts to curl on the hook. Bring the point of the hook out and then pinch the plastic and shove it straight on to the rattle and up to the base of the head. Be careful not to twist while doing this. There is NO need to predrill holes. As outlined in some of our instructional videos, if the plastic comes to a narrow point on the head, you might need to trim a little off of the front. Another option is to look at our LunkerMAX products as they are designed as a swim bait hook that can be rigged weedless.
Q: I am having a hard time keeping my Berkley Gulp plastics on the barrel. What am I doing wrong?
A: You should probably look at our QuickLock line of jigs as we designed these specifically for the slimiest of plastics. It comes with a keeper barb that helps hold these baits on. Another option would be our LunkerMAX.
Q: I caught a large Redfish and it broke my rattle?
A: Redfish and other like species have crusher plates in their mouths that allow them to crush crabs and in some cases oysters. The larger of these can potentially break a rattle. Rig another one on!
Q: I keep getting the rattles breaking off even if I did not catch a large Redfish. Why?
A: We use Pyrex® rattles so that they can survive the heat of the jig pour. These rattles give us the best tone and the loudest rattle on the market. They can break. This can be from several reasons:
- When pushing the plastic up over the rattle, you might have twisted the plastic while doing so. This can sometime snap the rattle off at the base.
- These are glass rattles, so please be careful to not drop them to hard surfaces or cast them into hard surfaces.
- Lots of fish hitting the jig.
- Cracking the rattle by using a fish plier clamped on the ratter while removing it from a fishes mouth.
Q: Will these out catch any other type of jig?
A: Basically yes. There are times that when fish are in a feeding frenzy that they would even bite a bare hook. The times we really shine is when the fish are not necessarily feeding. They might be dormant due to weather, tides, barometric pressure, lunar phases, water quality/temperature or just not hungry. It is during these times that it becomes imperative to try to tickle ALL of the fish sensory organs so their bread in instinct to strike takes over and they attack. Our jigs offer the color gamut of dark to light colors so you can fish the right color based on water clarity. Some of the colors are even phosphorus (glow in the dark). Our jigs offer high quality diamond cut light reflecting eyes. Some people have even asked if we have batteries powering the eyes! The light reflecting eyes brings the attention of the fish to the head of your bait presentation, minimizing tail bites and producing more hookups. Lastly, and most importantly, the rattle is specifically placed along the hook thus turning the steel of the hook into a tuning fork or resonator of the sound and vibration caused by the rattle. Our jigs are much louder than if you shoved a rattle into a plastic body alone. Because sound and vibration travels farther under water and that our jigs produce more noise and vibration, fish will identify the sound as a potential prey from farther away. All potential prey for a fish produce a clicking sound. Yes, shrimp, crabs, clams, crawfish and even schooling bait fish all make a clicking noise that predator fish are seeking. We have proven results of a catch ratio of 5 to 1 against other non-rattling jigs heads. We even filmed a crappie show where we put our jigs to the test against competitor jigs. Our team uses 8 long crappie poles spread from the left to the front and then to the right on their boat. They call this method spider rigging. We used our jigs on every other pole and a competitive jig on every other pole. All were rigged with identical plastics and everyone was tipped with a live minnow. We filmed for 3.5 hours to product the show. At the end of the 3.5 hours, the score was Rockport Rattler 30 vs the competitor 3. That is a 10 to 1 ratio!
Q: I really like using live bait so I am not sure if this will work for me.
A: Try looking at our CroakerMAX hooks. These are stainless steel kahle style hooks with a rattle. They come in 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 and 5/0 sizes. They work for all kinds of bait including cut bait. When used with cut bait, when bumped by other bait fish or crabs, the hook will rattle! Or just a yank on the pole and the hook will rattle. Instead of buying expensive croaker or piggy perch at the coast, trap your own pin perch and put them on the CroakerMAX. Everytime they flick their tail, they are rattling for you! Another option is to use one of our jigs and tip it with a minnow, mullet or shrimp. This will keep the bait at the depth you need and will augment any noise they will be making. Fish our jigs under a cork to maintain the depth you want.