Bass Fishing Tips and Techniques: Crankbaits
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Bass Fishing Tips and Techniques: Crankbaits

One of the most effective methods for catching bass in cover is with the crankbait. Allowing the crankbait to bounce off tree tunks or logs causes a quick change in its speed and direction, which typically entices strikes from big bass.

Crankbaits come in all shapes and sizes, every color imaginable, and come with a variety of different features. Crankbaits are generally categorized by their "swimming depth". The swimming depth is the distance from the surface that the lure maintains during retrieval. The length, angle and shape of the lip on the front of the lure determines the swimming depth as well as the swimming action. Both the depth and the action of the crankbait can be controlled by simply lowering the rod tip and speeding up or slowing down the retreive. 

One of the most effective methods for catching bass in cover is with the crankbait. Allowing the crankbait to bounce off tree tunks or logs causes a quick change in its speed and direction, which typically entices strikes from big bass. Another effective crankbait technique is the stop and go retreive, which refers to reeling the lure until you feel it strike a weedline or rock bed, stopping, allowing the bait to slowly rise towards the surface, then repeating. The key to success with the crankbait is the altering of its direction, simply casting and reeling in open water will more often than not leave you with nothing to show for it but a sore shoulder.

So which crankbaits are the best? 

There's really no concrete answer to that. However, in my opinion, the most effective crankbaits are the ones that haven't been on the market long. New styles, new colors, new shapes. All characteristics that the bass hasn't seen before. Here are a few of my personal favorite crankbaits for big bass in thick cover.

Spro Little John DD

Spro Little John DD

"The Spro Little John DD runs deeper, casts farther and fishes easier thank any other deep diver. It’s sure to be the envy of any crank bait angler. Several unique features make it a winner. It dives to a true 20 feet! A unique Tungsten weight transfer system and an aerodynamic streamline design make this deep diver simple to cast and retrieve. You will be able to crank the deep zone all day long without out being worn out! Special Custom Colors are hand picked by Bass Elite Series Angler John Crews and, as with all SPRO lures, comes standard with those sticky sharp Gamakatsu Hooks! Use the Little John DD to entice those deep down predator fish!"


Spro Little John MD

Spro Little John MD

"The Spro John Crews Little John MD Crankbait is designed to run deeper that the original Little John Crankbait. This bait will run down to about 9ft on 10 lb monofilament line to get down to those fish hanging on ledges where predators like to feed. The SPRO Little John MD comes in 9 fish catching colors that will help anyone catch more fish on a crankbait. A silent weight transfer system using soft tungsten translates into incredibly long casts for a small flat sided crankbait, even in windy conditions. These baits come equipped with the world’s sharpest trebles – Gamakatsu."


Jackall Lures Aragon SSR

Jackall Aragon SSR

"Jackall Aragon SSR was the 2005 Federation Championship winning lure with its unique, two piece jointed body, creates a revolutionary swimming action and sound in the water. The jointed body design produces a tight wobbling action similar to a lipless crankbait, but with a more lively action, thus creating more cracking noises that attracts more and bigger fish!!!"

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Comments (2)

I actually use these lures and they are some of the best that I have in my tackle box.

I like them because they are unlike most "generic" crankbaits. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks so!