Crankbaits Provide a Lot of Choices


There are four basic styles of crankbaits available that should be in every fisherman’s arsenal.  They are lipless crankbaits, shallow runners, medium runners and deep divers.  A lipless crankbait is one lure that will catch just about any species of fish you might be after.  Choose the size of your bait to match the size of bait fish in your lake and fish shallow water around cover. Bass will come out of cover and attack this bait.

What’s Behind the Design?

Most crankbaits have a lip or bill on the front that causes the bait to dive and wobble as it moves through the water.  The depth to which your crankbait will run depends on many factors, including line size, lure design and speed of retrieve.  Crankbaits with longer bills run deeper and have a wider wobble than lures with small bills.  In general, crankbaits run deeper when fished on lighter line with longer casts.  The diving depth of the crankbait can be roughly determined by the size of the bill; the bigger and longer, the deeper it will dive.

How to Fish Crankbaits

Crankbaits for the most part are easy to fish.  A simple cast and retrieve approach is effective very often for catching a lot of fish.  There are a few basic tricks however that will turn a crankbait into a fish catchin’ machine.  A crankbait works best when it is deflected off of fish holding structure.  It can be logs, docks, rocks or whatever you are fishing.  The key is the erratic action and the deflection caused by hitting the structure that triggers the strike.  Sometimes a short hesitation after striking the object will also help draw strikes.

You can vary the depths of the bait by the height of your rod tip and speed of retrieve.  Some fishermen use a kneel and reel technique to get their baits extra deep.  Using a long rod and a deep running crankbait, kneel on the deck of the boat and stick the tip of the rod in the water reeling slowly to bang the bait off deep structure.  A lot of big fish are caught with this technique.

Line size also has a big effect on how deep a crankbait runs.  Smaller diameter lines allow the bait to run deeper than larger diameter lines. Most manufacturers give data on depth for fixed conditions of line size and retrieve speed, and usually for smaller line diameters. By using your judgment you can adjust to your desired depth.

Even though crankbaits usually trail two treble hooks, since they travel nose down they do not get hung up as much as you would think because the hooks are protected by the bill plowing through the water ahead of them.  Don’t be afraid to fish them around or through brush or cover where big bass hang out.

Shapes of Meals to Come

Shape choices depend on what the local fish are feeding on.  If shad is on the menu, then use shad-shaped bait.  If minnows are on the plat du jour, then use longer, minnow-shaped, crankbait.  If the bass are feasting on crawdads, then a size and color that imitates this delicacy is the way to go.  Easy enough?  When trying out crankbait for the first time, buy an assortment of different sizes in a couple of favored colors.  Fisherman’s Choice Pro Shop can help you there—we have a large assortment of shad and minnow crankbaits.  Let crankbaits have a good spot in your tackle box.

This Is Fun!

Catching bass on a crankbait is a lot of fun.  Crankbait fishing is active and thought provoking.  Visualizing the striking bait as it “dives and swims” is most enjoyable but visualizing the crankbait being sucked in by a big bass gives the best of what fishing is all about. Crankbaits are effective just about anywhere you find bass.  Chances are, when you try them, you will end up buying more and enjoy testing the waters to see which ones work the best in your choice fishing spot.

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