Crankbaits work so well because they trigger a reaction from a bass or other game fish. They feel as if an easy meal is getting away from them. To ensure your getting the most strikes, follow these simple steps.
A simple 6 ft rod with a 8 to 15 lb test work great. But if you want to get technical, use a reel with a gear ratio of 4:1 or 5:1 with a high stretch line.
How to use crankbaits
Cranks work best when they are bumped along debris on the bottom, kicking up mud and leaves. Try to use an erratic retrieve by giving the rod a slight jerk, pause, reel in a little, then repeat. When bass are aggressive, darting along the top of the water or along the bottom will make a bass come out of cover and strike. Some cranks will only dive a couple inches, and giving these an erratic retrieve will imitate a shad popping out of the water. This works wonders in early mornings and evening when bass are feeding.
Bumping against things such as stumps and rocks underwater is another popular method. But this can get frustrating because of the risk of losing lures. These can get expensive and can ruin your mood for the day if you lose a couple. I’ve jumped out in the water several times to retrieve my prized lures, but I digress.
There are so many different colors to choose from, but don’t go too crazy. It’s best to just stick to basic colors for largemouth bass. Try to match the same colors as the baitfish in the area you are fishing.
After a rain, try fishing near ditches or little streams made by the rain where it feeds into the lake. The water may be muddy so use something loud and use a slow retrieve.
In clear water, use as natural looking of a crank while trying to kick up as much dirt and debris as possible. Give the bass something to see.
In muddy water, use a larger, slower crank that makes a lot of noise, such as large hooks or a rattle on the inside.