Crankbaits are among the many lures for bass fishing that are available today. Crankbaits are easy to use and should be an important part of your approach to bass fishing. As the name states, crankbaits are designed to be casted out and cranked, or reeled, back in. However, that doesn’t mean that all you have to do is pitch them out and reel them back in. Many anglers fail to use crankbaits properly.
Crankbaits come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and running depths. Selecting the best combination of size, color, and running depth for the fishing conditions takes practice. You will need to select a lure that will dive down to the depth of the cover that you are fishing. A general rule for crankbait fishing for bass is to make contact with the cover. This changes the lure speed and direction which provokes more strikes than a free running lure. This is where many anglers make their mistake when using a crankbait. Don’t be afraid to make contact with the cover.
Another tip for using crankbaits is to vary your retrieve speed. Once you get your lure down to the proper depth and you are making contact with the cover, vary your retrieve speed. Slow down, pause, speed up again and repeat. Keep your rod tip low and experiment with your retrieve speed by speeding up and slowing down using just enough retrieve speed to tick the tops of the weeds or contact the rocks, wood, or whatever cover you are fishing around.
Crankbaits are highly effective search lures designed to trigger strikes from neutral or aggressive bass. Use them to find productive areas and then switch to a slower moving lure such as a worm or a jig to penetrate deeper into the cover and catch those inactive bass. As mentioned above, crankbaits are productive, easy to use lures for bass fishing. As long as they are used correctly, they can be used to eliminate unproductive water and find those productive areas. Learn to use a crankbait effectively and you will put more bass in the boat or on the stringer.