What is a crankbait?

crankbait for bass
Picture of a fishing crankbait
What do you really need to know about
fishing crankbaits? When I first started
fishing crankbaits I was totally
confused color action sound even the
material there’s so many options out
there I was just totally overwhelmed I
needed to know the answer to questions I
didn’t even know to ask it and let’s
face it these things are expensive I
couldn’t go out and spend a bunch of
money on a bunch of different crankbaits
and hope they were the ones I
needed for whatever situation that I was
in on that particular Lake so this is
the system that I came up with and it
works well for me
now you’re gonna notice that I use a lot
of different crankbaits but this is a
year-round any season any water color
any situation crankbait technique it works
well for me now the reason why is
because I use crankbaits as a search
bait a lot of times when I’m fishing new
lakes or new water crankbaits are a
great reaction strike bait and they
allow me to go cover a lot of water
really fast and find active fish or find
areas where fish are living then I can
go back and slow down so I need a bait
that I can cover a lot of water very
quickly at any time of year any water
type any structure or cover and a
crankbait can’t accomplish that for you
so do you need the multitude of crankbaits
that I’m going to go over
absolutely not
if you fish a certain area a certain
group of lakes or a certain Lake in
particular you’re gonna know for the
most part what bite is best at what time
of you again I go back to saying and I
state again this is a search tool for me
for when I’m going out to new lakes to
cover new water it helps me find those
active bass quickly any time of year any
type of cover any type of structure any
type of water clarity I hope this helps
you guys find and catch more bass
hey sorry about the location and the
water of change here but a pop-up
thunderstorm come by and as you can see
I was read up on my life but still so
everything including yours truly but
let’s get back to what we were talking
about and that’s crankbaits
so there’s really four criteria that I
look for what I’m looking into
crankbaits one of course is the dead
you’ve got to be ticking the grass you
got to be bumping the stumps you got to
be banging into the boulders as you work
that crankbait if you’re not touching
bottom you’re not doing any good to is
going to be doesn’t wiggle or does it
wobble the action three is going to be
the color what type of water are we
fishing in alright is it clear is it
staying there muddy so are we going to
go with the natural pattern or are we
going to go with something a little
bright and really attractive for is does
it rattle or is it silent you know a lot
of times fishing in a lot of areas bass
have seen these rattling crank baits
come running through in the clear water
sometimes you can throw a silent and it
sneaks up on them so let’s talk about
criteria number one and that’s dance the
depth of a crankbait is almost always
dictated by the size and shape of the
bill along with the angle that it comes
out from the crankbaits body so as you
can see here we’ve got two different
crankbaits they’re not very much
different in size but the bills are
shaped a lot differently this crankbait
for example both of these are strike
kings by the way this crankbait for
example has a very wide almost spoon
shaped bill it comes out very much in
line with the body and you can see it
even cuts up to really dig into the
water that’s going to create a much
much steeper diving there as opposed to
the square bill which comes out at a
slight angle from the body which will
create a much shallower much less of a
tilt as it comes through the water so no
matter what depth level you’re targeting
bias at with a crankbait you want to be
sure that your bump and stumps bouncing
off boulders or digging in the dirt
that’s the key you want to bounce the
crankbaits off of whatever covering
structure and get that erratic movement
so the second criteria we’re going to
talk about is we don’t vs. wobble or the
action of the B the action of the baton
is almost always dictated by the shape
of the body flatter sides generally
gives you a nice tight natural action
wiggling and a bate that’s really
greater this is the shad ramp by
Republic or Rambler whichever way you
prefer so you can see this bait is a
very thin very flat sided bodied bait
and it will come through the water as
you can see in the video with a very
tight wiggle now actually very
inappropriately named is the wiggle wart
but it’s a very wide round body and it
has a great wobble to it and as you can
see the difference in wiggle and wobble
is a rolling action and the wiggle Ward
has one of the best rolling wobbles
really out on the market so where do you
use the two different styles of crank
baits well wobble you’re looking at
dirty water or deep water the deeper or
dirtier the less light the more the
wobble you want so a wobble puts out
much more vibration than does a wiggle a
wiggle you’re going
and more of a clear water situation or
wide expanses so the fish can see it
coming from a long way so you want a
nice tight natural action when you’re
fishing a crankbait

Choosing a Crankbaits Color

No we’ll were going to be talking about
the importance of color of a crankbait
don’t let this overwhelm you keep it
generally what I do is I really boil it
down to about five simple colors and
I’ll use those in all kinds of different
depth ranges and they’ll cover almost
any type of water or forage that you can
find in the United States now generally
I’ll start with a couple of different
shad patterns most of our legs have shad
in them but not all so what I do is I’ll
start with a very natural shad color
from there I like to get a shad color
with a little bit of that’s a little bit
brighter so I’ll pick out you know a lot
of times good old sexy shad here now
from there some of the lakes we fish
don’t necessarily have shedding them so
so the other two abundant natural forage
for bass are bluegill so we’ll pick up a
bluegill crankbait the other would be
crayfish crawdads Mudbugs whatever you
want to call them but I’ll pick up a
crawdad color now the fifth and final
option that I like to have on is a
really bright color for when the water
is really dirty and really hard to see
the visibility is very low I’ll pick up
some sort of bright fire tiger black
backs are true side is one of my
but generally that’s the five colors
I’ll go with and that’s an all day
levels so if I’m fishing zero to three
feet or 35 to 40 feet I’m going to start
out with those five colors generally
speaking so the fourth and final
criteria guys I don’t put a lot into
this most of the time the only time I’ll
use this or make this sort of change is
a if I’m fishing very pressured clear
water or large expanses so that they can
see that crankbait coming from from a
long way sort of situations and that is
sound so sound boils down basically to
whether the crank bait has rattles or
whether it does not and so I do try to
pick up some crank baits in the
different variations that I have that
don’t don’t have rattles or they’re
silent for example here’s two-strike
Kings these are both 5xd one is silent
one has rattles so a lot of times what
I’ll do is if I’m fishing highly
pressured fish or if I’m if I’m on a
group of fish that I’ve thrown a crank
bait with rattles in two and cost
several fish out of and they’ve stopped
biting that particular crank bait I’ll
then switch to a silent crank bait it
seems to sneak up on them a little more
and it tends to get a few more bites as
the day goes on if I’m working in
particular group of fish or in a
particular area again I do fish
tournaments so I find that a crank bait
is a very good reaction by search bait
so I need to be able to throw a crank
bait year-round and in a multitude of
depths and in a multitude of lakes with
multitude of forage so I needed to be
able to use a search mate that I could
find pretty much I could find fish
pretty much anywhere any time of year so
to sum it up what I did is I picked
three styles of crankbaits from two
manufacturers after doing a lot of
research the first manufacturer is
Rapala so I selected both the shad ramp
and the DT series the shad ramp has a
nice tight wiggle very natural action in
the water it’s good in Clearwater and
it’s good in cold water conditions so I
picked from about 0 to 15 feet with the
shad ramp and in each level
I selected the five colors that we
talked about earlier the same went on
with the DT series now they go from
about zero feet down to about 20 feet
and in each level I selected the five
colors the DT series is kind of a
middle-of-the-road bait so finally I
selected the strike king XD series these
baits cover from zero all the way down
to twenty five-plus feet and again every
step every dip level I bought the five
different color baits again you don’t
have to go out and go this in-depth but
I’m fishing tournaments so I need to be
able to cover any situation and with
these three boxes of crank baits I feel
like I’m ready to find fish on any body
of water in any situation that presents
itself to me okay so I hope this helps
you out I hope it gets you started

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