Crankbait Tips For Bass Lures That Create Strikes

Working Crankbaits For Reaction Strikes Will Help You Catch Those Tough Bass

Bass don’t always bite out of hunger. They are a predator fish and will strike a target out of sheer instinct. It’s their nature. The strike is basically an impulse on their part.

Crankbaits are a great tool for this. You probably heard me say this somewhere before but I’ll say it again so you don’t forget it.

The rule of thumb to remember is, 95% of the bass are located in 5% of the water. Sometimes you have to cover a lot of water to find them. That’s where a crankbait comes in because you can cover a lot of water with them.

The Bass are there you just have to eliminate the unproductive water and provoke a reaction strike to get them to bite. Of course that may be easier said than done but if you use the right techniques, a crankbait can get the job done for you.

A crankbait will give you feedback because you can feel it bumping against structure and also learn about the subtle changes in the bottom.

Once the feedback your getting tells you your in bass territory the goals is to get that impulse strike. To do that you need to vary the movement with every cast.

Avoid reeling it directly back or with a steady retrieve. Slow it down, speed it up, and pause it. You want to change the movement throughout the entire retrieve.

Besides varying the retrieve you can use your body and the rod to produce variation. Change your rod tip from high to low and vice versa during the retrieve.

One very effective way to induce a strike is to allow the crankbait to deflect off structure and obstructions.  Don’t worry too much about getting hung up. The lip on a crankbait will usually keep the hooks from snagging up. Although sometimes it can’t be avoided.

There’s one more tip I want to give you about crankbaits. Recently I read comments from two well known professional bass anglers who are now using crankbaits with lights built in to the lure.

I found a video from a company that makes a lure. with a built in light. It’s the second video below. The company that makes it is NGC Sports. I’m not sure if it would be legal to use in a tournament or not and they’re a little pricey.

There’s also another company that produces a lure with a lazer light built into it. The company is Laserlure. You should watch that video also.

The downside to lures with lights is you can’t replace the batteries. However they are supposed to last 100 hours. At some point they may change the design so you can replace the batteries. Or maybe some creative angler will figure out how to do it themselves.

Tight Lines & Mega Strikes,
Randy Meyers

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