Tools of the Trade – Crankbaits

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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!

Pete Bowman

Pete, one of the most revered and popular anglers in the nation, has a tremendous love for the game… the fishing game. Pete’s vast knowledge of angling and ability to articulate it to audiences worldwide has endeared him to his fans who still see Pete as just “ONE OF THE BOYS”. Pete is also an accomplished and published outdoor writer and photographer as well as a sought-after speaker. In 2012 another of Pete’s ultimate fishing career highlights occurred when he was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame, something he never thought would happen. A Canadian fishing icon.

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