4 Crankbaits That Keep Catching Bass In Fall and Winter

Fall is prime time for the crankbait! Even if your water is in the 40's you can catch bass with these tips. As water temperatures drop we keep it very simple. Instead of throwing a dozen different baits focus on key baits in key colors and you'll see way more success.

Even as the water cools we fish all ends of the spectrum. We'll use a squarebill crankbait, deep diving crankbait, and a lipless crankbait for different presentations. Despite the variety, we keep the actual baits and colors very simple.

The first bait is the LV-500 lipless crankbait. The second bait is the Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill. Third is the River2Sea Biggie and last is the Strike King 6XD. By using these baits as a system you can cover virtually any situation without owning an entire tackle box of crankbaits. Simplify colors as well, focusing on a ghost color, a Flashy Color, and a solid or white color for your best chance at success.


The Baits...

Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa

River2Sea Biggie Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

Strike King 6XD Silent: http://bit.ly/2TcuSyi


Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Gamakatsu EWG Black: http://bit.ly/2DCOlmV

Gamakatsu EWG Red: http://bit.ly/2dmxXK8

Owner Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX


Hooks sizes...

LV-500: Size 4

Lucky Craft 1.5: Size 4

River2Sea Biggie: Size 2

6XD Silent: Size 2


Lipless Crankbait/Squarebill Setup...

Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Squarebill Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Lipless Line- 40 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Lipless Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9


Deep Crankbait Setup...

Rod- Curado 7'4" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2zCjAtd

Reel- Curado K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm


Budget Friendly Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Colt 7' Medium Heavy Crank: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV

Reel- Shimano SLX 150HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Forgotten Crankbaits For Fall Bass

When every one else is throwing squarebill crankbaits and ultra deep divers you can catch a ton of fish on mid-sized cranks. They work in a variety of conditions that other cranks don't and virtually no one throws them. Give them a try this Fall and you might be surprised how many bass you can catch!

What is a mid-sized crankbait? Most have a short, rounded bill and wider body. The baits are typically designed to reach depths of 7-12 feet and come equipped with size 6 trebles. They "match the hatch" with a variety of baitfish nationwide and are bit much more readily than larger deep diving crankbaits.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we have confidence in, gear we use, and the upgraded hardware that we use when finesse cranking these mid-sized baits.

Crankbaits…

Normal Deep Baby N: http://bit.ly/2O9CAcu

Spro Rock Crawler: http://bit.ly/2NFPA5t

Teckel Drunker: http://bit.ly/2xryClV

Strike King 3XD: http://bit.ly/2oSMj8s

Fat Free Shad 3/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2yCzALZ

Bomber 5A: http://bit.ly/2q0EdvL

Bomber 4A: http://bit.ly/2ykz2ey

Jackall Jaco: http://bit.ly/2pTgZaN

Megabass Deep X 150: http://bit.ly/2rWA1zt

Upgraded Hardware...

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 2: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Size 6: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

Hook- Owner ST-36 Size 6: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

Matt's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- IMX Pro 843 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL 50: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Budget Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Colt 7' Med/Heavy Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV

Reel- Daiwa CR 80: http://bit.ly/2Cgk5Nh

Line- 10 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Squarebill Crankbaits For Shallow Docks

Matt is out on Clearlake with the new boat for the first time and the fish are biting! Come along as he puts the pieces together, searching for the balance between active shallow fish and larger, more lethargic deep water bass.

Matt found his best success using two squarebill crankbaits. The first was a silent Lucky Craft, the later was a rattling 6th Sense. By using both he was able to fine tune what the bass were keying on and by day's end the bites were coming one after another.

The Baits...

Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill (American Shad): http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa

6th Sense Crush 50 (Chrome Treuse Shad): http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

Ned Worm- Finesse T.R.D. (Green Pumpkin Goby): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Ned Head- Lockz HD: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Matt's Squarebill Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Aldebaran 50 MGL (7:1 Ratio): http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Line- Assassin Fluorocarbon 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Matt's Ned Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O

Reel- Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 10 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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How To Catch Bass During The Summer To Fall Transition

Wondering how to catch bass? Did your fish disappear? This is a great time of year if you know where to look! Bass are incredibly predictable in the Late Summer and Early Fall so use these tips to your advantage. In this video we break down where the bass position, the best time of day to target them, as well as a few confidence baits to make your life easier. 

By focusing your efforts during peak times you maximize your time and avoid a great deal of frustration. Intentionally focus on reaction baits early and late with your biggest push at finesse between 9 and 11 AM. The early afternoons are typically a bit slower this time of year so don't let the lull in action discourage you from continuing into the evening. 

We have a few key confidence baits that we lean on through the transition. Those baits are outlined below... 

Crankbaits...
Berkeley Dredger 17.5 & 20.5: http://bit.ly/2I8xOcA
Strike King 5XD: http://bit.ly/29Xk9Tr
Norman DD22 (Silent): http://bit.ly/2aMn5V5

Slow Moving Baits...
Netbait T-Mac Worm (Texas Craw): http://bit.ly/2jndwj9
Canterbury Shaky Head: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V
Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig (Supermat Brown): http://bit.ly/2eJinXo
Strike King Menace Trailer: http://bit.ly/2HmX7D0

Crankbait Combo...
Rod- Zodias 7'6" Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Curado 200 K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Jig Combo... 
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line- 50 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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