You’ve seen rally caps: Ballcaps worn in some odd way with hopes of bringing luck and a scoring rally. That’s sort of the idea behind the Gene Larew Rally Grub, except no one is relying on luck. A relatively small offering that swims enticingly and looks like an easy meal, this is definitely a bait can bring on a catching rally when you need one.
I’ve already seen it happen more than once. When September doldrums had toughened the bite on Chickamauga, I used a tandem rig of Rally Grubs on 1/8-ounce jigheads to start a rally from largemouths, spotted bass and white bass. More recently I watched single rigging prompt similar action from largemouths, smallmouths and a few drum that had to get in on the fun.
The Rally Grub is 3 inches long, and the front end shaping resembles several other classic grubs, with a round, ridged body tapering to a flat, narrow, twisting tail. Setting the Rally Grub apart is a unique paddle that Gene Larew and associated Bobby Garland have used on several baits. The paddle creates a strong swimming action and definitive thump. The Rally Grub comes in a dozen colors, and most are ultra natural and suggest baitfish.
Among the best things about a Rally Grub is the big range of ways it can be fished effectively. I’ve already rigged them tandem and single on jigheads and have done everything from swimming shallow to vertical fishing deep. They also work well on small swimbait hooks, Carolina rigs and much more. In this Wird2Fish video, bass pro John Murray explains his “swimming drop-shot” technique.
The Rally Grub is so new that I’ve only begun exploring applications, but I can say with certainty that these little baits will start many rallies for me, and I won’t even have to wear my hat in some goofy way!
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