Rippin Lips offers a wide variety of effective and innovative catfish baits for the discerning angler.
Are you tired of dealing with messy baits while fishing for catfish? Had one too many baits fly off the hook during a cast? Just not catching enough fish and looking to try something new on the end of your line?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Rippin Lips might just be the bait company you have been looking for.
Rippin Lips recently sent me a variety of their catfish baits and attractants to test out on a recent catfishing trip. I was able to test out their flagship line of baits known as Leakin Livers as well as their Bootleg dip bait, Scent Trail fish attractant, and their circle hooks.
Let's start with the hooks. The package of hooks that I received were 3/0 in size and colored a bright, blood red. They were incredibly sharp right out of the package and paired perfectly with their baits. If you are anything like me, then you probably have quite the excess of different hooks in your tackle box already.
However, hooks are one of those things that seem to make themselves scarce when you least expect. Having an extra pack never hurts and the circle hooks from Rippin Lips will get the job done against any catfish you might hook.
The Bootleg dip bait that Rippin Lips makes is of a really thick consistency while also remaining sticky and easy to work with. You won't have any problems getting enough of this dip bait to stick to your tube or worm.
I tested the Bold and Bloody scent, which has real livestock blood as an ingredient. With the sheer amount of this dip bait that sticks to your lure, it is easy to see how large of a scent trail this bait will leave when used.
I also liked the small touch of adding a black lid to help keep the bait at an optimal consistency during cold weather by absorbing the sun's warmth.
I tested the baits on a hot day so I'm not sure how effective that is, but I always appreciate small touches in a company's products. It shows you that they really care about creating a high-quality product and that they have fishing experience of their own to draw on.
The Scent Trail fish attractant was another high-quality product from Rippin Lips. It came in a four-ounce bottle that was very easy to use by spraying exactly where it was wanted. I felt like the bottle would last a really long time for the size while still being able to apply an ample amount of the attractant to each lure or piece of cut bait you were using it on.
It is made with 100 percent fish oils which goes a long way towards creating the type of scent trail that drives catfish wild. Spray some on your cut bait a day or two before you plan to fish for an even more effective (and smelly) bait offering to tempt catfish with.
The real highlight of the Rippin Lips catfish bait lineup are their baits known as Leakin Livers. These baits are easy to use, come in a good variety of scents, and store very easily thanks to the re-sealable pouch that includes 15 baits. The baits themselves are completely free of preservatives and are 100 percent natural.
They are also much less messy to use than conventional catfish baits like raw chicken livers. They don't have much of a smell outside of the water as they are water-activated. They are also dry to the touch and almost impossible to have fly off a hook during casting.
Between the quality and variety of baits Rippin Lips offers and the small touches that set their products apart, I have definitely become a fan of this company.
I plan to always have a pouch of Leaking Livers ready to go whenever I target catfish in the future. I would never recommend or suggest that any angler exclusively use one type or brand of bait.
You never can guess what type of bait will be most effective on any given trip. The best way to avoid that problem is to always have a variety of baits available to use.
Give Rippin Lips a try for yourself on your next fishing trip when you plan to target catfish. I don't think you will be disappointed and having them in your bait arsenal will only improve your odds to catch a mess of whiskery fish.
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