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:


Matt's GIANT Crankbait Bass!! Full Catch Footage!

Matt hooks up on this GIANT Bass almost a year to the day after Tim's MONSTER catch! We traveled several thousand miles, drove for hours on the water, and risked an INSANE lightning storm, just for a shot at a fish like this!

Smallmouth are AMAZING predators. If you've never had a chance to target them, put it on your bucket list! Smallmouth bass have traditionally been targeted with finesse tackle but that is changing. These fish are aggressive feeders and have no issue eating crankbaits, swimbaits, topwater, and a variety of other reaction baits. 

Our Equipment...

Crankbait- Deep X 300 (PM Kisyu Ayu):
Crankbait- Deep Six (Biwako See Through Chart):
Upgraded Hooks- Owner ST-56:
(Size 4 for Deep X 300 and Size 2 for Deep Six)
Upgraded Split Rings - Hyperwire Size 3:

Matt's Crankbait Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR IMX Pro:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50 in 7:1 Ratio:
Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb Fluorocarbon:

Scale - (Highly Recommended) Salter Brecknell:

This bass weighed 6.54 lbs on the certified Salter Brecknell Scale. She was sitting in a school of fish on a current break. If you catch closely you'll see how quickly the water was moving past the boat while we used the Ultrex Trolling Motor (link below) on Spot Lock to stay in place and make receptive casts to the same spot. While we don't show the entire clip, we had caught approximately 15 fish in the same exact spot BEFORE the big one bit! This is classing schooling behavior and something we've covered at length in other videos.