A crankbait is a kind of lure that is made from hard plastic in a crank fish shape. This technique is commonly used among bass anglers. There are two main kinds of crankbait known as lipped crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Lipped crankbaits have a plastic bill at its front which looks like a lip. This bill helps the crankbait to go underwater. Lipless crankbaits come without a bill.
Fluorocarbon fishing lines sink very well. Hence this fishing line is perfect to pair with crankbait. Because fluorocarbon allows the crankbait to go deep underwater. Crankbait lure is the most popular in bass fishing lures. This is very easy and effective at the same time.
While there are many factors to consider while fishing crankbait, we will talk about using it in different lengths of water.
I will describe how to use a crankbait in different depths of water down below..
Shallow Diving Crankbaits: If you are thinking of fishing in water that is around five feet or less then shallow diving crankbaits are to go for. Shallow diving crankbaits are made for fishing in shallow water depth. If you are wondering which specific crankbait is a shallow diving crankbait then look at the lips carefully. The crankbait that has shorter lips will do the job properly. But a squarebill crankbait is the best in this case. This cranks are best while fishing in 0-5 feet water. Sometimes squarebill cranks come in shorter rounded lips too.
Medium Diving Crankbaits: Medium diving crankbaits have their bell at the length between a shallow diving crank and a deep diving crank. The lips mostly come in rounded shape. Some anglers recommend this to use in 8-12 feet water. But if you are a pro in using crankbaits then you can use it in 5-15 feet depth water.
Deep Diving Crankbaits: Deep diving crankbaits are designed to be used in the deepest depth water. These crankbaits come with the longest lips so they can dive a lot of ways underwater. They tend to be a bit heavier than shallow and medium diving crankbaits. This helps the crankbait to sink in easily.
Now that we know how to use crankbaits in different lengths of water, we will learn a few important things to keep in mind while using crankbait technique.
Cranking Gear: You need a fishing rod, fishing reel and fishing line for crankbait fishing. There are some specific rods, reels and lines to pair with crankbaits. These will help you to make the best use of a crankbait lure.
Crankbait fishing requires a lot of fishing line as the crankbait has to go a long way underwater. So you need a fishing reel that can carry a lot of fishing line. The fishing reel should have a slower gear ratio because it allows the bait to go a bit slow and provides more power when to retrive.
Crankbait fishing also requires a large fishing rod that won’t hold back the bait from getting to its target. A fishing rod measuring more than seven feet is ideal for crankbait fishing. A rod long of 8 feet isn’t too long in crankbait fishing. A good heavy rod should make it easy for the angler to carry the weight of the rod and a fish.
Modifying Hooks: A hook can become dull when used for a few times. You should get used to changing hooks. Changing a hook can have a big impact on crankbait fishing. Each treble hook comes in different sizes that allows the crankbait to dive shallower or deeper. Remember to use the same hook to avoid any change in bait action. Use a different hook if you want any change in crankbait fishing.
Damaged Crankbait: While crankbait fishing you have to be sure about your crankbait working fine. If it is not going straight then there must be some defect in the lure. Change the lure after a few catches. Crankbait fishing is for catching big fishes that eat small fishes like bait fish.
Crankbait wobble, the current season also put some effect on crankbait fishing. But different depths of water is the main thing that manipulates crankbait fishing the most.