Rigging for Deep Cranking
When the summertime hits, most of us that love to fish the deep ledges enjoy the challenge of deep cranking baiting.

It’s a technique that has challenged the best of fisherman and will continue to do so. There are, however, many keys to making a day of deep cranking successful, but it is not easy, and you must start with the basics, meaning proper rigging (especially rods, reels and line).
Proper rods and reels are a must. If you’re not set up correctly with the correct reel speed, rod length and line size, you will find deep cranking extremely difficult. Most fishermen just don’t get enough chances to deep crank, and when they do, it’s tough physically, but rigging changes all that. The rigging can make a day of deep cranking fun, or it can make it difficult and physically testing. But, if you choose your gear with knowledge, it will make all the difference in the world for you.
Here are some suggestions on how I would rig and some ideas on why you rig this way!
Reels are the key to the physical ability you must have to deep crank. If you stay to a 5:1:1 at a maximum in reel speed or slower it reduces the resistance on you while driving the reel to the depth and speed it takes to catch deep bass.
Fishing rods must be at least 7 feet 11 inches in length so you can make long casts. Bass, as I have said many times, are followers unless they are competing for food. The longer the cast, the more chance you have of a strike from a following bass. There is a technique called long lining that allows deep crank baiting fishermen to place their bait extreme distances from the pull area. The idea is to catch following fish from the cranking point and to get the bait to its deepest depth.
Your fishing line is also a key element to catching deep fish while crank baiting. Your line must not be heavier than 12 lb. test, but 8 or 10 lb. test is better. The lighter the line the deeper the crank bait goes down to the fish. It’s a good idea to set up a couple of reels with different line sizes before you hit the water, so you can get your crank bait to the fish and have some fun!
Captain Mike

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