How to Fish With Crankbait Lures

How to Fish With Crankbait LuresCrankbaits are one of the most versatile lures anglers can use. Coming in every color and combination imaginable and in sizes from a fraction of an ounce to several ounces, they are used for just about every freshwater and saltwater game fish. Crankbaits are a class of lure that get their action by actively moving them through the water. Most imitate smaller bait fish, and some imitate other creatures like crawfish and grasshopper. They all are designed to wiggle as they move. This creates a swimming action that game fish interpret as an injured or escaping bait.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod and reel
  • Crankbait
Step 1
Work your crankbait through cover, offering ambush opportunities and shade from bright sunlight. Bright sunlight seems to bother the eyes of game fish. The shade makes it more difficult for forage fish to see predators, giving the predator an advantage.
Step 2
Bang the crankbait into logs and submerged timber. Often, strikes happen right after the crankbait hits submerged objects. Perhaps the sound attracts the fish to the bait.
Step 3
Vary your retrieve. Slowing or stopping your retrieve will get the game fish interested, causing them to examine the bait. Speeding up your retrieve after a slow down or stop will often get an impulse strike from predators that think it is a fish escaping. Using a steady retrieve will work at times, but most times predators will follow it without committing to hitting it.
Step 4
Cast upcurrent and swim the bait with the current. Game fish will face into current. This includes current created by wind blowing across the surface of still waters like a lake.
Step 5
Cast the bait past the fish and retrieve it so it comes right at the fish's face. The fish will see the crank bait coming and either flee or strike in self defense. Most game fish will strike the lure.

Tips & Warnings

Do not be afraid of snagging the crank bait on structure or grass. The lure moves nose down through the water, protecting the hooks from snags.

Article Written By Mark Quest

Mark Quest began his writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. He attended Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, focusing on the sciences.

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