How Can I Use Rattlesnakes for Fishing Bait?

How Can I Use Rattlesnakes for Fishing Bait?
When fishing for large game fish such as largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye, rig your freshwater fishing reel with a rattlesnake set-up. Catch the rattlesnake using a spear or live snake trap and then kill, skin and cut it into fishing bait, according to directions on the website Backwoods Bound. Rattlesnake meat is tough and rubbery to the touch, which makes its texture an ideal choice for bottom fishing along weed beds and bottoms with heavy obstructions.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sharp knife
  • Freshwater fishing rod and reel
  • Freshwater fishing tackle
  • Hammer and large nail
  • Wood plank
  • Pliers
Step 1
Dismember the head of the rattlesnake from the body using a sharp knife. The head ends at the point where the jaws jet out to the side and narrows slightly. Wear gloves to prevent trace amounts of venom from contaminating your skin and clothes.
Step 2
Hammer down the tail end of the snake using a hammer and large nail to a wooden plank, which are available at fisherman superstores.
Step 3
Cut along the length of the rattle snake using the sharp knife. Make an incision on each side.
Step 4
Remove the upper section of skin. Peel back, as necessary, to pull the skin away from the meat. Peel away the skin using pliers and slowly walking it off the meat. Force may be necessary; however, don't hacksaw the skin off.
Step 5
Cut several strips of snake meat. Each slice should be 1/2-inch wide, 1/4-inch deep and 4 to 5 inches long, which is an optimum size for surface trolling or fast retrievals, especially on weedy bottoms.
Step 6
Cut the stripes down to size; chunk size will vary depending on hook size, but 1 to 3 inches is generally sufficient. Thread the bait onto your hook, passing the hook point through one end and out the other. Complete the set-up with a bobber and cast from the shoreline or a boat.

Tips & Warnings

 
Wash the rattle snake in cold water.
 
Discard the snake head in a trash can after wrapping it very carefully. It may contain dangerous levels of venom.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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