A medium running crankbait is an often an overlooked lure.
These lures are
a collection of Favorite Crankbaits Used for fishing in water 6 feet to
Crankbaits that run 6 to 10 feet are excellent bass fishing lures through-out the year.
Stay with the basic colors to start, colors can be a bit intimidating at
Pay attention for the most prevalent bass forage. "Match what the fish are feeding on"
Staying with the basics will help you avoid spending hundreds of dollars on wild crankbait colors.
In clear water situations, you'll have
your best luck with natural-colored, translucent crankbaits. Bass can see
very well in this environment and it's important to make your crankbait
blend in with its surroundings.
Dirty water calls for brighter crankbait
colors. The bass' eyesight is significantly hindered in murky water, making
it imperative to use a color they can see and chase easily.
Pay attention to the sky when
fishing shallow crankbaits.
Under cloudy skies, opaque, or solid, colors
perform very well due to the decreased light penetration.
lead to more light penetration, which increases both clarity and the
effectiveness of more translucent colors.
The top 5 colors of crankbaits:
You just can't go wrong with the natural
presentation of a shad - colored crankbait, which makes this color great
starting point for your shallow cranking.
In muddy water a Firetiger crankbait is
hard to beat. While still showing many natural shad colors, the bright
colors in a firetiger crankbait allow the bass to get a better bead on the
Used with combinations of
blue, brown and black are ad to beat.
As the bream bed throughout the late spring and early summer months,
bluegill-colored crankbaits will produce.
the spring, especially throughout the pre-spawn period and during full moon
phases. Crawfish are most active during a full moon, coming out of their
dark dwellings to actively search for food for much longer periods of time.
You may want to invest in a
quality crank-bait rod if you get serious about crank bait fishing.
This type of rod
and a fast retrieve reel will help to keep from tiring you out.
Fishing Line size plays a
big factor on how deep a crankbait will run.
A 22 foot bait on 20 lb. line may not go
but 15 or so feet deep.
So keep this in mind when choosing your crank bait.
will cause the bait to run to its maximum depth.
Cranking the bait down fast then slowing the retrieve will maintain the proper depth.
Key colors are a crawfish pattern, chrome with a blue or black back, white with green
back, chartreuse with blue or black backs and the shad colors.
Crankbaits can be used in timber, around boat docks and along riprap and rock walls.
When working a crank bait through timber or stumps and you come in contact with a hard
object, stop and let the bait float up, then start the retrieve again.
A lot of the
strikes will come when the bait stops and starts.
Try a slowly sweeping action with your rod to maintain the depth on a slow retrieve.
Sometimes the sweeping action is better that the stop and go action.
Crank baits are a good bait to locate fish, because you can cover a lot of water in a hurry.
With some time and practice you will learn to fish crank baits over and through
standing timber and stumps and moss.
When you come in contact with an object
and the bait
feels stuck dont jerk the rod and set the hook.
Drop slack and usually it will pop
A good lure retriever can
be a trip and money saver when
your favorite crank bait hangs up.
Tuning a crank bait.
If after several fish and snags your crank bait is not running as true as it did tune
Tie the plug on with an open loop
knot. When tied, let out some line and pull the plug through the water where you can
see it at different retrieving speeds.
You want it to run perfectly straight!
turns on its right side, turn the clasp on the plug to the left.
If it runs left, turn the
A little does it.
You don't need to turn the clasp much to make the
Keep pulling the plug through the water and making adjustments.
Test your plugs after catching a fish or getting snagged, both of these things can make a
plug run out of line.
You'll hook more fish with a finely tuned crank bait.