8 Deep Diving Crankbaits You Need To Try - Buyer's Guide

Which deep diving crankbaits work the best? Tim and Matt went through all of their favorites and picked out the top 8 baits that are worth your time this year. If these baits could tell the stories of the fish they've produced for us, you'd want to fish them all!

It was difficult to just select 8 baits, especially from such a broad category. Crankbait fishing can be so diverse and a deep diving crankbait can be used in so many applications. From dredging the depths with an oversized bait to ticking shallow rock with a mid-diver, the opportunities are endless.

In this video we are primarily covering the baits but below you'll find a breakdown that includes of some of the rods and reels we use for the technique. Also, hook selection is KEY to crankbait success so we will include those as well.

The Top Baits...

Megabass Deep X 300: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt

Strike King 10XD: http://bit.ly/2gHT4F0

Strike King 6XD (Rattling): http://bit.ly/2ery44M

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

Norman DD22: http://bit.ly/2LKB37w

River2Sea Goon: http://bit.ly/2AnvmMg

Megabass Deep Six: http://bit.ly/2A3clKP

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

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

Baits that almost made the cut...

6th Sense Cloud 9 C25: http://bit.ly/2BQ4uDs

Azuma Z Boss 24: http://bit.ly/2poLKUC

Berkley Dredger 25.5: http://bit.ly/2I8xOcA

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

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

Strike King 5XD: http://bit.ly/29Xk9Tr

Lucky Craft Classical Leader DR: http://bit.ly/2zKkhlV

Preferred Colors Include Ghost Minnow, Sexy Shad, Chartreuse Shad, and Red Craw.

Hooks and Split Ring Upgrades...

-Oversized Crankbait Hook- Owner ST-36 Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

-Standard Deep Diver Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

-Finesse Crankbait Hook- Owner ST-56 Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3 and 4: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Big Crankbait Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Champion 805 CB: http://bit.ly/29OVD4V

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 17 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Small Crankbait Combo…

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

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

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

Other great rods from various brands...

Shimano Zodias 7'6" Medium Heavy Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Daiwa Tatula XT 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2FXhNpO

St. Croix Big Cranker 7'8" Medium Heavy Moderate: http://bit.ly/2Ap51x5

Cashion Elite Crankbait 7'3" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2RxwocQ


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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.


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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