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SneakAttack

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I built a handful of floating sets and am running a small line while the temps are pretty mild and after 6 days i have yet to connect on any rats. I haven't baited any of them because from the article i read it sounds like every passing rat will just jump up on it to eat,poop or just hang out. I've caught alot of rats over the years on pocket and blind sets in this stretch of water so there is a good supply of em. Something new im trying out and any tips would be helpful. Thank you

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leechmann

I think the floaters would be more productive earlier in the season. I'm thinking try the bait. Carrots and chunks of apple. Ine thing that works great is some spearment extract. Drives those rats crazy.

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I think Leech is right about earlier in the season. I ran some float sets on a local lake a number of years ago and did very well. Tried it again last year and did poor. Only differance was cold temps and shore ice. Plenty of rats around because I could see them sitting along the shore ice. Seem like with all that ice to sit on they had no interest in the floats.

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SneakAttack

thanks for the replys, pulled them all today before the creek froze with no catch. It seems like an easy way to catch rats with the right lure and bait but only in the early part of the season. Thanks guys.

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I think you did the smart thing. Next year earlier in the season,try the floats. You may also want to try setting any little point where the rats show sign of crawling up on. Make sure you try the spearmint or wintergreen extract. Just dip a little stick or piece of cattail stem into the bottle and stick it in the mud, behind the trap. You will be amazed. Let me know how you do.

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