Re: Striper Fishing Bakersfield taft palmdale area
The Rat-L-Trap is an excellent lure! Not sure about the area you are fishing and the best lures to use, but I'm sure the ol' Rat-L-Trap will produce.
The bait doesn't dive, but it does "fall" to the depth you allow it to reach. Cast it out, let it sink to the desired depth, and retrieve. I normally fish it near the bottom just because I've never been in a situation where I had to throw it in deeper water.
I prefer a slow steady retrieve, being sure to feel the lure vibrate as you work it. Sometimes it will snag some vegetation or something and you can tell because more often than not you won't feel the "vibration" as you retrieve it. Play around with it though, some people prefer to "rip" the bait through the water, letting it settle back down after every sweep of the rod tip. Sometimes I'll crank, crank, crank, stop! Then repeat....
Think like a fish....