When the water temperature reaches 50 degrees its time to reach for red! Red crankbait, red spinnerbait, chatterbait… as long as its red! There are a lot of theories on why it works but all that really matters is that the fish love to eat it.
Early spring brings a lot of challenges. Between the unstable weather and water color you have enough to worry about without trying to figure out lure color. If you’re looking for a reaction bite, start with red or orange. If the water is leaning toward the clear side, the ghost reds will be best and if its leaning to the muddy side, the day glow oranges are the best bet. The only exception is the orange-accented chartreuse/white spinnerbait. That bait almost defies logic but its wise to keep one close at hand in the early Spring.
Below is a break down of the baits by style, model, and color.
-River2Sea Biggie Poppa:
This squarebill is mid-sized, has a deep knocking sound and is a proven fish catcher. Comes with size 2 trebles. Recommended colors- Cold Blooded, Delta Craw
-Spro Little John:
This bait features an extremely tight action. It excels as a fast-burning shallow cover bait. Comes stock with small hooks that should be replaced with appropriate size 4’s. Recommended colors- Blood Craw, Western Craw
-Luhr Jensen Speed Trap:
This bait features a mid-wobble and high-pitched sound. It excels around grass and other cover where it can be ripped or banged along. Size 4 trebles. Recommended color- Crystal Crawdad, Orange Crawfish
-Spro Fat John:
This bait hunts just like its little brother but with a wider wobble. Great choice for shallow, murkier water. Comes stock with size 3 trebles. Recommended Colors- Fire Craw.
-Strike King 4.0:
This is an oversized squarebill. Perfect for banging through shallow cover and targeting larger fish. Upgrade to stronger size 1 trebles. Recommended colors- Chili Craw, Delta Red.
Mid and Deep Diving Crankbaits…
-Strike King 3XD:
This miniaturized “XD” bait is everything you’d expect. hard pulling, great rattle, and excellent cover deflection in a small package. Recommend upgrading to size 4 short shank trebles. Recommended Colors- Chili Craw, Delta Red
This crank is a hard pulling bait in a smaller package. Think “finesse cranking” but be prepared for big bites! Great hooks but replace with size 4 short shanks when the time comes. Recommended colors- Red Bug, Red Crawfish.
-Megabass Deep Six:
This tight action crankbait shines in the early spring. When you need to reach deeper but maintain a refined look, this is the bait. Size 2 hooks can be upgraded to stronger options. Recommended colors- Fire Craw, Stealth Craw.
-Lucky Craft LV-500:
This bait has a tight action, loud rattle, and fast sink rate. Upgrade stock hooks with size 4’s. Recommended Colors- Aurora Craw, Spring Craw, Wakin.
-Cotton Cordell Super Spot:
This high-pitched, slow sinking bait excels around grass. Upgraded size 4 hooks are a must! Recommended colors- Rayburn Red, Royal Red.
-Jackall TN -70:
This is a very refined bait with great action, sound, and profile. Upgrading hooks to size 4 is wise. Recommended colors- Crawfish, RT Escape Craw.
-Red Eye Shad:
This is a great all-around/ Do-everything bait. Rip grass, burn open water, or slow roll deep. Size 4 hooks for 1/2 oz or size 2 hooks for 3/4 oz. Recommended Colors- Royal Red, Delta Red.
-River2Sea 1/2 oz Bling Spinnerbait:
The Bling is a light wire spinnerbait great for covering water. Recommended colors- Cold Blooded.
-Nichols Pulsator Metal Flake:
Great all around bait with awesome painted blade colors. Recommended colors- Red Shad, Red Pepper
-Revenge Double Willow:
Another amazing spinnerbait. Great hook, great components, very refined. Recommended colors- Habanero, Orange Crush, Black Widow
-Blade Runner Double Willow:
This bait is designed with heavy components for big fish. Recommended colors- Delta Craw
-Bling w/ Colorado and Indiana Blades:
This is the bait with a small orange Colorado blade. Give it a try and you might be surprised! Recommended colors: Lemonade Twist.
The most refined chatterbait on the market! Perfect balance and excellent start up speed. Recommended colors- Hite’s Hot Craw
-Picasso Tungsten Shock Blade:
This shock blade has been a deadly bait for years. The addition of the tungsten offering takes it to a different level in a smaller package. Recommended colors- Dark Red Craw RT.