Picking The Right Crankbait (Bass Fishing Tips For Beginners)

Crankbaits come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and actions. IMAGE: Tyler Brinks

By Tyler Brinks / Bass Resource

The crankbait is one of the most popular and effective lures in bass fishing. They are perfect for imitating baitfish like shad but can also look just like bluegill or crawfish. That’s one of the reasons they are so popular, and just by changing the type and color, you can match just about any situation you find yourself in. Aside from the color, knowing about the different styles of baits and what they do is essential to learn as you learn more about the power of the crankbait.

Shallow And Medium Divers

The biggest thing to remember with a crankbait is knowing how deep they will dive. Most lures say right on the package how deep the baits can get, and it’s usually stated as a range since some things will affect how deep they dive. Lighter lines will get baits deeper than heavier lines, and longer casting distances will allow the bait to descend to the max.

You want to pick a crankbait that dives deeper than your fishing depth. There are some exceptions, but most of the time, having your bait hit the bottom and make contact as it grinds along will get the bass’s attention and what you want to accomplish.

For the most part, shallow crankbaits are baits like square bills that deflect off of cover because of their square-shaped bill. They are must-haves for anyone looking to stock up on their box of crankbaits. The Strike King KVD 1.5 and Lucky Craft 1.5 are some of the best on the market. The 1.5 is an excellent all-around size, but there are smaller and bigger baits to match different forage. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING

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