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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Which Deep Crankbaits Actually Catch Fish?? | Crankbait Buyer's Guide

With all the Crankbaits on the market how do you know which ones to try? Should you buy them all? Of course not! We recommend a handful of PROVEN crankbaits in this video that will load the boat with bass the next time your deep diving crankbait bite turns out!

The Baits...
Strike King 6XD: http://bit.ly/2ery44M
Strike King 5XD: http://bit.ly/29Xk9Tr
Norman DD22: http://bit.ly/2aMn5V5
Norman Deep Little N: http://bit.ly/2acSLUd
Megabass Deep Six: http://bit.ly/2A3clKP
Megabass Deep X-300: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt
Strike King 10XD: http://bit.ly/2gHT4F0
River2Sea Goon: http://bit.ly/2AnvmMg
Damiki DC-300: http://bit.ly/2AEMOIZ
Luhr Jensen Hot Lips: Source Locally
Rapala DT-16: http://bit.ly/2BL0UYl

Most Universal Crankbait Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'6" Moderate: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 15 lb Sunline Fluoro: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Budget Friendly Crankbait Setup...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 705CB: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 15 lb AbrazX: http://bit.ly/2aaBBDX

Below is a list of some of the actual Crankbait rods that we use for various applications. We own a variety of brands when it comes to crankbait fishing so if you're looking for feedback on a specific model feel free to ask us in the comments. 

10XD- Dobyns 805CB: http://bit.ly/29OVD4V
6XD to 10XD- Shimano Zodias 7'6": http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
5XD to DD22- Shimano Curado 7'4" Medium: http://bit.ly/2zCjAtd
Deep Six- St. Croix 7'8" Moderate Big Cranker: http://bit.ly/2Ap51x5
Deep X 300- G Loomis 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2giKvEy

A Reel you might not expect to hear about as a "crankbait reel" is the
Shimano Aldeberan. Matt's swears its the best crankbait reel he's ever used for "finesse cranking". It works unbelievably well for square bills, mid-depth cranks, Deep X 300's, and more. The casting distance and smooth retrieve is 2nd to none. 

Shimano Aldebaran: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy

Crankbait Storage...
Bass Mafia Crankbait Coffin: http://bit.ly/2iFTcra
Plano Waterproof Deep Box: http://bit.ly/2xjccls

Crankbait Hardware Upgrades...
Owner Hyperwire Split Rings: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX
Owner ST-56 3X Treble: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
Owner ST-35 Short Shank Treble: http://bit.ly/2g8uCMj
Gamakatsu EWG Treble: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY
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