“Heddon’s Rattling Sonar Flash is a fantastic lure, and I don’t understand why more anglers aren’t fishing it.” That’s the opinion held by competitive bass angler and regional ambassador Donna Mullins.

The ½-ounce Rattling Sonar Flash has been a staple in Mullins’ tackle box for ages, she says, but right now it holds the No. 1 spot in her entire arsenal. “In the past couple of weeks,” she said, the lure has produced a lot of nice fish for me, but I’m not seeing many other fishermen using it.”

Stained water and smallmouths define the Tennessee waters Mullins fishes most often. And lately she’s been targeting fish on the primary points of the reservoirs’ creek arms. “Bass are setting up along the points, waiting to ambush baitfish as they pass through.”

Mullins typically positions her boat on the point in about 15 feet of water, then fancasts the point from one side to the other, targeting depths from about 5 to 12 feet. “I position the line-snap in the dorsal fin’s front hole and just make a straight, steady retrieve to the boat, while keeping the bait close to bottom.”

Gold shows up best in stained water, she says, and it’s been her most productive lure color recently. It, along with the lure’s built-in rattle and unique swimming shimmy, create a powerful combination for attracting predator fish.

“It’s also a highly versatile lure,” she added. “Sometimes I fish it like a lipless crankbait, ripping it through the tops of grassbeds.” Like a lipless lure, the metal Sonar sinks the second it stops moving forward, she warned, and while it can be an effective strike-trigger, you must stay on guard against snagging or fouling the line.

Among all the situations where the Rattling Sonar Flash shines, probing channel edges is perhaps at the top of her list. “This is an absolutely fantastic lure for fishing ledges,” she said. “Clip the line to the center hole on the fin; cast and bring it just over the edge; then just let it fall.”

Similar to the action it has when yo-yoed below a suspended baitball, the falling Sonar Flash mimics a wounded shad or minnow as it descends the ledge, presenting an opportunity no self-respecting predator can pass up.

If you’re not already a member of the Sonar Flash brigade, Mullins urges you to join up. You’ll add a very productive dimension to your bass fishing.