I want to talk about crankin’. Crankbaits are a deadly presentation. Especially in the fall for Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, muskies—almost every species we fish for. But there are several secrets or several key things you’ll always want to think about when you’re picking your crankbait.
One, crankbaits are at their best when they’re running into things: running into the bottom, banging off rocks, ricocheting off trees, or stumps, or branches. So one of the key parameters is picking a crankbait that always runs two- to four-feet deeper than the area you’re fishing.
So if I was out fishing today catching Smallmouth in, say, eight-to-ten feet of water, I would pick a crankbait that actually goes down twelve feet. That forces it to the bottom, forces it to hit things, forces it to ricochet. And when you do that, you turn your crankbait into a fish-catching machine.
Happy Fish’n,Gord “The Doc” Pyzer