Crankbait Tricks For Early Fall Bass

The Fall transition is Crankbait season! Get prepared so you're not left behind this year. The change from Summer to Fall patterns happens like the flip of a switch and the bass start feeding heavily on baitfish. Whether going shallow or deep there is a crankbait that will help you get more bites. 

We break these Fall transition fish into two categories. Some push baitfish shallow and will be targeted with Squarebills. Others follow the bait out deep and will be targeted with deep diving crankbaits. Both groups are easily catchable if you know what to look for and which baits to use. 

Tim's Shallow Arsenal is broken down by very specific depth ranges. When targeting bass in the shallows there isn't a single square bill that does it all, at least not if you want to maximize your time on the water. Here are Tim's preferred baits.

0-1 foot divers...
Strike King SHALLOW 1.5:
Evergreen CH-1:
Mann's 1-Minus:

1-3 foot divers...
Strike King 1.0:
Lucky Craft 1.5:
6th Sense Crush 50X:

3-5 foot divers...
6th Sense Crush 100X:
River2Sea Biggie:
Lucky Craft 2.5:
Luhr Jensen Speed Trap:
Megabass S-Crank:

Matt's Deep baits are broken down by diving depth as well but not nearly to the extent as the shallow baits. Matt typically has 1-2 baits that overlap per depth range. 

Strike King 10XD Crankbait -
Strike King Pro Model 6XD Crankbaits -
6th Sense Crush 300DD Crankbaits -
Norman DD22:
River2Sea Goon:

Tim's Squarebill Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- 20 lb Maxcuatro:
Leader- Sunline fluoro 15 lb:

Matt's Deep Crank Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'6" Glass:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 6:1 Ratio:
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832 Braid:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Crankbait Storage...
Plano Deep Waterproof Box:
Bass Mafia Deep Waterproof Box:

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