Bass crank bait triggers


One of the things that I hear from customers about crank baits is that it is too much work. Well, if you’re rigged correctly that’s not true. Another complaint I hear is failing to get bites. Well, there is a solution here also. It’s not rocket science, but a crank bait must be seen to get bit and getting seen is easy.  
One of the first things I do when I start cranking is rigging with light line. Many times, 8 lb. test line is as strong as it needs be to bring in a big fish. Don’t be shy, bring out the light Vicious fluorocarbon line, and don’t power-reel a fish, work him slowly and just keep pressure on the fish with the tip of the rod and your line will hold up. The advantage of the light line is the simple fact that your bait has more action and allows you to get longer casts. The longer a crank bait is in the strike zone the more chance you have of catching fish. I’ve seen times where 8 lb. test line gives you as much as 40 feet of additional casting length. That makes a big difference. Lighter line also allows the bait to hit the depth it was designed for and hence get you to the fish.  
Often, speed excites deep fish so don’t be afraid to reel your crank bait with good retrieve speed. Years ago, we prepped for tournaments by trolling crank baits along edges to find fish. That presentation was pretty fast as the motor drove the speed, and it created bites. So, speed up your retrieve and it will trigger bites.  
Noise makes fish look and see your bait. Use a noisy crank bait first, then turn to silent ones of they don’t bite; but noise give the bass a reason to turn look and strike and it generally causes bites.
Color is not generally the reason bass see your bait so don’t blind them with bright colors unless the water is real muddy. Use natural colors, be consistent with noise and speed while using light line, and you will trigger more bites with crank baits. Crank baits catch fish, So, go out on the water, cause a feeding frenzy, and have lots of fun.

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