Paul Elias on Crankbaits | Bass Fishing

If I was going to give someone a fishing tip,
probably the most important tip I could giveanybody is if they’re going to go fishing
and they want to catch fish, the first thingthey have to have is a lot of patience and
they got to have a lot of confidence. Every cast you make you got to be thinking
in your mind, I’m going to get bit. I’m goingto catch one. And sooner or later you’re going
to catch one. But if you go out there witha negative attitude and you don’t have a lot
of patience, and you fish too quick, and youpick up and go constantly, just running from
here and running from there instead of fishing,you’re going to catch a lot more fish if you
spend a lot more time fishing instead of behindthe console. They say, I never, deep diveing crankbaits
is my worst trait. I just can’t catch fishon them. And one of the main problems about
that is deep diving crankbait fishing is work. It really takes a lot out of you, and you’re
got to have patience. And people just picka deep diving crankbait up and throw it for
about 15 or 20 minutes, and they’re tired,and if they don’t get a bite they don’t want
to keep doing it. They’d rather pick theirplastic worm back up and go back to beating
on the bank. So, that’s probably the most of the people
that come; the deep diving crankbait is themain thing they want to do. They want to catch
fish on deep diving crankbait. Crankbait alot of times is just, anybody that can cast
a rod and reel can catch a fish on it, becauseit’s got two treble hooks on it, and if you
throw it in the right place, they’ll biteit. But there are a lot of times when you
got to finesse the crankbait just like a jig,or plastic worm, or anything else. You got to get it down in the cover and work
it through the cover and figure out the waythat bait’s got to work–and the action the
fish want on the bait. A lot of times youcan’t just reel it constantly. You have to
do a stop and go, you got to work it throughthe cover. For the lake that I live on, where
I conduct these fishing lessons, there’s alot of timber. And crankbait and timber don’t
mix, usually. They mix good to catch fishout of, but you hang up a lot. And that’s teaching people to be able to walk
a crankbait through brush and stuff, and notget hung up near as often. You’re going to
get hung up some, but to not get hung up allthe time is one of the key things to learn
in the fishing of crankbait. And even in grass,you got to figure out a way to get as many
casts as possible, or complete a cast withoutfouling your bait up in grass and stuff. There
are a lot of ways to do that, and it takespatience. When it comes to taking my class the first
thing they do is when that bait starts runninginto timber is they pull back. And that is
a sure-fire way to hang the crankbait up. That bill, the design on that bait is diving
like this, and that bill is the first thingthat hits that piece of cover. So if you have
your rod pointed at your bait, most of thetime when you’re reeling that bait, and that
lip starts getting on that limb, if you’lljust kind of start walking it over that limb,
that’s normally when the strikes are goingto happen–when that thing swims off away
from that limb, when it kind of darts awayfrom it. That’s when one of the fish comes
out and hits it. But if you throw out there, and you’re walking
it, and cranking that bait back, then justas you start to feel limb, if you pull like
that, set the hook in any way, you’re goingto just hop that bait, the bill right over
that limb. The first thing that’s going tohappen is that hook’s get hung up in the limb.
So, you got to have some feel at crankbaitfishing just like you do jig fishing, or worm
fishing, or anything else. You got to knowwhat that bait’s doing down there and when
it’s hitting the right stuff. When I set that record on Falcon, there was
some rock, a little bit of jagged rocks stickingoff the edge of the point. And I had to hit
that rock constantly. I had to make the rightcast to make that bait get down there and
hit a jagged point on the rock and in seventeenfeet of water. But I could tell when that
bill started getting down there and startingto come over that rock. I had to have the
right retrieve and be paying attention, andall of a sudden that bait would just load
up with a big fish. If I ripped it throughthere, they wouldn’t bite.

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