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Crank Baits For Bass Fishing

 

 

There are four different types of Crank baits to use to land that bass hog:

 

Deep Divers designed with a big long lip

Medium Divers that have a shorter bill

Shallow Divers that have a very short lip

Lipless Crank Baits which have no bill

 

 

crank baits for bass fishing

 

I will first of all describe the anatomy of Crank baits:

 

First you have a Rattle Chamber which is the body where a hollow space will have metal balls that make a clacking sound when you are reeling it in. The shape of the body which is made of plastic or wood will determine the lure's action, meaning if the Crank bait has a round or flat body it will have a wide wobble, while a thin/flat side will have a tight wobble.

 

Next, you have the treble hooks. Most of your Crank baits have two treble hooks on them that a lot of fishing people change out right out of the box or package.

 

They have come up with the Red in color treble hooks that folks like to put on the front. I recommend a number 4 treble hook.

 

 

 

Be careful when changing out the hooks; you do not want to deviate from the action.

 

The last part of the Crank bait is the bill or lip which is usually made of a clear Lexan. This controls the Crank bait's diving depth.

 

 

Where and When To Fish Crank Baits:

 

While Plastic worms and jigs are what I call slow fishing or moving lures designed to get down in dense cover, Crank baits are a faster moving lure.

 

This way you can cover a lot of water faster. I would advise when you start using a Crank bait to use it in open water such as points and drop-offs. There is no sense in losing a brand new lure your first cast in the brush becuase of not knowing how it works.

 

The Crank baits are good for water temp 60 to 80 degrees and when the Bass Are Active.

 

 

Using the Four Types of Crank Baits:

 

Deep Divers can get down to 20 feet of water. They are the one you want to use when the water is very warm because the bass have moved down deep to stay cool.  Find a good creek channel or ditch and position your boat where you can cast across the creek channel or ditch, and believe me when it drops off the side

 

Medium Divers usually go to a depth of 5 to 8 feet. I would use these on a slow tapering bank, on a point or flats.

 

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