Deep water crank bait fishing for bass?

Okay.I fish all the time and I mean all the time but my biggest weakness is in the application of deep water crank baits.I don,t even own but a few of them but it,s high time I learn.What are some of the best ones in your opinion and what sets them apart from others.Rod choice seems subjectional as well.A stiff rod or soft rod,what length and line dia. as well?Also,locating prime offshore areas to use them,what do you look for on the fish finder/gps that catches your attention the best?If I can get good at this pattern I believe I could catch fish that most people don,t even fish for around here.Anything you can give me on this subject will be anxiously anticipated.Thanks

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4 thoughts on “Deep water crank bait fishing for bass?

  1. well i dont typically use crank baits either, but if i did, id get anything strike king, in sexy shad color. i know that the different kind of bills matter too. theres the coffin bill, square and round. if theres a lot of cover, like stumps an logs, use either a square or coffin bill. the corners will stick to the logs,(it sounds bad but its good) and when (use mono by the way) the line stretchs, itll yank the bait off that log or stump or whatever, and that action usually considers a reaction bite. as for rods, i only buy carrot stix, because i think there like, the best. and they make cranking stix. a lot of the higher priced brands tend to make rods for types of lures. what ever you do, DO NOT get a skeet reese crankin rod, you might as well use a surf rod. and the skeet reese rods are terrible as is. and i dont have a boat, im only 15, so idk about any of that gps stuff, sorry. but i know that some gps/fish finders will show you what kind of cover there is, so look for logs and stuff. oh! cranking also produces pretty good bites around hydrilla. an if u get in some hydrilla, yank everytime u feel grass, again, reaction bites.

  2. A good start with crankbait brands would be Norman┬« and Rapala┬«. They are both of good quality. Rod choice depends on size of your crankbait. Since most deep-divers weigh 5/8oz to 1oz, I’d definitely look at a Medium/Heavy rod. Something rated for 10 to 20lb line and MODERATE action. Moderate action rod have a very “slow” action and this helps with not pulling out the treble hooks from a bass’ mouth. 7′ or 7’6 is best. Anything shorter is too short, anything longer is too long. 7’6 is for REALLY launching them, 7′ is good for all-around. 12lb or 14lb monofilament or fluorocarbon will be fine. Heavier line works better with heavier baits. 12lb line is a little thin for these baits but will make your bait sink much, much deeper than say, 17lb or 20lb.

    Rocky areas are best. Drop-offs are good as well. Anything rocky or with a drop-off where YOU think/know fish are at are best. Weedy areas are not prime areas, of course. Something that drops from about 15′ to 20′ or maybe even more, would be excellent.

  3. Backwater covered everything very well. I don’t use a whole lot of deep diving crankbaits either. If the Bass are deep, my favorite thing to throw is a 3/4 or 1/2 ounce Rattle Trap. When I do use crankbaits, I have always really liked the Bill Dance Bomber series baits. I’m not sure what it is about them, but I have had more luck on them than I have had on others. I’ve been using the things for 10+ years now.

    Like Backwater said, the deeper diving crankbaits are generally pretty heavy baits. They’ve also got a big lip on them, which causes even more weight while reeling the thing in. In my opinion, this is a no contest. You absolutely need at least a medium heavy action rod. You also need to keep in mind, a crankbait is used as a locator bait for most people. The idea is to make very long casts, and cover a lot of water to locate where the fish are at. Point being, a 7’0+ rod is the way to go in my opinion.

    Any kind of structure catches my attention, but the best thing for crankbaits are drop offs in my opinion. If you can find yourself a drop off, and cast parallel with it, you will catch fish on a crankbait. I always try to position myself to where I can keep my crankbait running along the drop off for as long as possible.

    Another good indication of fish are weed beds and brush sitting on the bottom of the lake. It can be frustrating trying to keep all of the gunk off of a bait like a crankbait, but you will catch plenty of fish also. With a nice sensitive rod, you can make a few casts and feel right where the brush is. After you know where it’s at, you can then somewhat keep your bait running right on top of it, rather than smack in the middle of it.

  4. I look for two features on my depth finder when I am scouting the open water for potential bass locations. Any sudden drop off and any hump of land in the open waters will hold bass. The crank bait is ideal for these situations. I like the Bandit Crank baits for this. They have great action and I have full confidence in them. Here is a link to them out of Cabelas.
    And I use the same rod I use on my other reels.Medium action and 6 1/2 or 7 foot. I hardly ever use more then 12 lb test as the heavier weighted lines seem to affect the action of the lure a little. And I like to use fluorocarbon line to help the lure run a little deeper.
    And if you are fishing a reservoir that was flooded and some standing timber was left, find the trees that are still standing under the waters surface and fish them hard. I have found that the bass will sometimes use these trees as a type of cover to hold on. But this is a unique situation and is not found in most lakes.

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