What You Need To Know About Crankbaits
Crankbaits come in many sizes, designs, and colors these days. If you look in your local tackle shop it most likely would be difficult to pick just one. With that said I am going to try and give you some information that will help you the next time you’re crankin.
When to use them? Water temp needs to be 60-80 degrees F
What type? Well that depends on what type of area you’re fishing , 20 foot plus are for channels and deep timber, medium divers drop offs, points, and flats, shallow are for just that shallow cover kind of like spinnerbait cover, lipless shallow cover and murky water.
What color? Well shad patterns work best in clear to stained water, but your body of water needs to have shad. Crawfish work great in muddy rocky bottom lakes sometimes deadly in the spring, fire tiger patterns are best used in murky water .
What rod,reel, line should I use? Well the rod should be 6’6″ – 7′ and have a soft action. The reel would depend on the lure, slower retrieve 5:1 for deep divers, and faster for lipless around 6:1. Line should be 10-12lb test for deep divers but you can use up to 20lb for fishing heavy cover. *Heavier line will hinder the lure’s ability to dive to proper depth’s*
The retrieve types. First you have the cover bump retrieve this is where you are fishing cover and you reel the bait in until you feel it hit the cover, pause and continue the retrieve. This mimics a crayfish and is a very important retrieve. There is the stop and go retrieve which is good if you’re not fishing cover. Simply retrieve the crankbait back and stop while it’s in the water column pause for a few seconds then begin the retrieve again. Last but not least there is the burner technique, this is achieved by fishing a bait which is designed to go deeper than the water you’re fishing and by reeling this in at a faster pace kicks up silt and mud catching bass attention and getting reaction strikes.
Following these simple yet effective tips, the next time you’re on the water should help you boat more bass.