Deep Crankbaits Tricks To Catch More Bass This Fall

Ready to catch a big Fall bass on a crankbait? Matt and Tim share some awesome tips to help you catch more crankbait fish in the midst of a Fall feeding frenzy! They’re catching these bass 2 and 3 at a time but that doesn’t stop them from explaining retrieves, bait modifications and so much more while reeling in their fish! If you’re interested in throwing crankbaits for Fall bass, let Matt and Tim help you do it more effectively.

Big bass are schooling and ambushing baitfish right now! If you’re not using a deep crankbait to reach those fish, you’re missing one of the best opportunities of the year to catch a new personal best bass! From coast to coast, baitfish gather along deep structure (bluffs, long points, creek channels, and cove backs) and bass of all species come together for the feast. There are a handful of baits that will help you target these fish effectively but few elicit as aggressive a response as the deep diving crankbait.

The guys are using 2 different crankbaits today to keep one of these schools of bass fired up. The bass have a school of baitfish trapped on a tapering point full of scattered rock and with 2 crankbaits flying, the action never stops! Any time you get around schooling fish your goal should be to always have a bait in the water. The key to consistent action is keeping the feeding frenzy alive. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the baits and gear the guys were using to catch these bass.

The baits…

Tim’s Crankbait- Strike King 10XD (Sexy Blue Back Herring):

Matt’s Crankbait- Azuma Z Boss 22 (Grand Shad):

Alternate Option- 6th Sense Cloud 9 size 25 (Shad Craft):

Hook and Hardware Upgrades…

Matt’s Favorite Hook- Owner ST-36 (Size 1/0):

Tim’s Favorite Hook- Owner ST-35 Short Shank (1/0):

Alternate Hook- Mustad KVD 2X Short Shank Triple Grip (1/0):

Split Ring- Owner Hyperwire Size 4:

Tim’s Rod/Reel Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 968 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 200 HG:

Line- 16 lb Sunline Sniper:

Matt’s Rod/Reel Combo…

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’6” MH Glass:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 200 HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Budget Friendly Combo…

Rod- Shimano SLX 7'10" Heavy Moderate:

Reel- Shimano SLX XT HG*:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

*The added adjustment of the "XT" over the standard SLX makes dialing in a crankbait much easier for long range casting.

**Tim and Matt are both using "HG" models in their reels. This is a 7:1 ratio. This may come as a shock to many anglers but deep cranking on a 7:1 allows for more control of your speed, harder starts and stops, and more aggressive reactions. It is more difficult to reel than a 5:1 or 6:1 but the pros outweigh the cons**

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3 Crankbait Tricks Every Bass Fisherman Needs To Know Before Fall

Fall crankbait fishing is so much fun! You can catch so many fish and it takes very little effort. Whether you fish once in a while or every day, these quick tips will help you catch way more fish this Fall!

In today's video Matt shows the baits he has the most confidence in between the Summer and Fall. He explains how the different actions trigger fish differently and when to use each style. He goes on to cover specific colors, hook modifications, likely locations, and finally ends with gear recommendations.

If you've ever thrown a deep diving crankbait you know just how much fun it can be! You also know the heartbreak that comes with losing a giant bass as it spits out your crank. Apply Matt's tips this Fall to successfully land more of the big bass that eat your bait.

Below is a breakdown of the baits, colors, and equipment that the guys use for this style of fishing.


-Strike King 10XD:

(Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Sexy Shad, Delta Red)

-Strike King 6XD:

(Delta Red, Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Sexy Shad)

-Azuma Z Boss 22 and 24:

(Grand Shad, Blazing Boss)

-6th Sense Cloud 9 C20 and C25:

(Shad Fantasy, Wild Shad)

-Berkley Dredger 25.5:

(Boiled Craw, Rusty Shad, Irish Gold)

-Norman DD22:

(Chili Bowl, Psycho Shad, Chartreuse Shad)

-Megabass Deep Six:

(Fire Craw, Shadow Craw, MB Gizzard, Ito Wakasagi)

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

-Gamakatsu EWG Treble Bronze:

-Gamakatsu EWG Treble Red:

-Owner ST-56 3X Treble:

-Owner ST-36 Treble Red:

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 3-5):


-Plano Waterproof Deep 3700:

Preferred Rod Combo...

Rod- G Loomis 906 Crankbait:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb:

Additional Rods...

-Dobyns Champion 805 CB:

-Shimano Curado 7'8" MH:

-Shimano Zodias 7'6" MH Glass:

Additional Reels...

Mid-Range- Curado DC 150 HG:

Budget- SLX DC 150 HG:

Additional Line...

High End- Sunline Xplasma Asegai 30 lb:

Mid Range- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20-30 lb:

Budget- Power Pro Braided Line 20 lb:

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Deep Diving Crankbaits For Early Summer Bass

Anyone can throw a crankbait but do you know how to pick the right baits, colors, or how to use it to trigger bites? Today Matt is on Lake Fork, Texas and he's explaining exactly what you need to know to be a better crankbait fisherman during the post spawn and Summer months.

Matt explains what different baits are used for, which colors produce the best results, and opens up his personal boxes and shows you the exact baits he brought with him on the cross-country trip. With Matt and Tim there are no secrets, they're showing every bait in the box and explaining what they're for.

Below is a breakdown of the baits in the box as well as the rods, reels, and hook upgrades Matt is using for his baits.

The baits...

Strike King 10XD:

Strike King 6XD:

Azuma Z Boss 25 and 22:

6th Sense Cloud 9 C20 and C25:

-Norman DD22:

-Luhr Jensen Hot Lips: Source Locally

Hook Upgrades...

-Gamakatsu EWG (Size 2):

(DD22, 6XD, Hot Lips)

-Owner ST-36 (Size 1 or 1/0):

(1/0 for Azuma 25, 6th Sense C25, or 10XD)

Matt's Favorite "Do Everything" Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'6" Medium Heavy Glass:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Matt's Dedicated 10XD/Azuma Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 805 CB:

Reel- Tranx 200 HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: