Tools Of The Trade – Crankbaits

Crankbaits are some of the most life-like lures out there. They act like they’re wounded, they dip and dive, so why aren’t they catching more fish?

Because they’re underrated, underestimated and underutilized by us.

In the KLP formula for success on the water, knowledge of where and when to use these little beauties is sorely lacking. For example: You’ve got this beautifully painted blue and white crank and you cast it out, but there are no blue and white baitfish in this lake—chances are you might not have good luck. In other words, know your water!

Talk to the old-timers. Find out what baitfish are in the water you’re fishing: their colour, size, where they tend to hang out. Now you can go buy a crankbait that’s the perfect baitfish imitation—or at least close.

Get a small lip and a big lip for shallow and deep running and then when you find your quarry, either by sight or sonar, make your cast and run it right past them.

You know the big guys are just waiting to see something that’s not swimming right. Chances are you’re going to have a lot of luck!

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