Suspending Crank Baits

A Supending crankbait is an often an overlooked lure.

 The below is a collection of Basic Suspending Crankbaits.

Bass Pro Shops XPS Bomber Flat A or Deep Flat A Hardbaits Rapala DT Dives-To Series Crankbaits;   Bomber Suspending Pro Long A

Crankbaits for 6 to 10 feet bass fishing are excellent baits through out the year.
Stay with the basic colors to start, colors be a bit intimidating at times.

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.

Water clarity:
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.

Sky conditions:
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.
Sunny skies lead to more light penetration, which increases both clarity and the effectiveness of more translucent colors.

The top 5 colors of crankbaits:

Shad Color:
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 bait. It’s hard to go wrong with a shad color, you should have a few shad-colored crankbaits handy.

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 bait.:

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.

 In 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.
Lighter lines 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 don’t jerk the rod and set the hook.
Drop slack and usually it will pop loose.

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 it up.

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! 
If it turns on its right side, turn the clasp on the plug to the left.
If it runs left, turn the clasp right.
A little does it.
You don't need to turn the clasp much to make the adjustments.
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.

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