Lipless Crankbait Buyer's Guide - Best Baits For The Price

The Buyer's Guide series continues with a look at our top lipless crankbaits. Whether you're looking for a budget-friendly option, the perfect bait to burn over grass, or a balanced option for slow fishing the depths, we've got you covered.

With so many lipless crankbaits on the market its hard to know which baits to invest your time into. With these 6 baits you can cover every application.

Lipless crankbaits have a reputation for losing big fish at the worst times. Stock baits often deserve the bad rap but with a few simple modifications these baits have a great hookup to land ratio! Add in a dedicated rod and you have a recipe for big bass success.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we recommend as well as rod, reel, and hardware upgrades to increase your hook up to land ratio. We'll also include our confidence colors for each bait.

The baits...

-Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap:

Recommended colors: Blue Blood Shad, Ghost Minnow, Rayburn Craw Red, Silverado.

-Cotton Cordell Super Spot:

Recommended Colors: Royal Red, Foxy Shad, Foxy Momma.

-Strike King Red Eye Shad:

Recommended Colors: Ayu, Chrome Sexy Shad, Japanese Shad, Royal Red, Sexy Shad.

-Jackall TN-70:

Recommended Colors: RT Scale Minnow, Super Shad, RT Holo Bluegill, Ghost Minnow, Chartreuse Shad.

-Lucky Craft LV-500:

Recommended Colors: American Shad, Chartreuse Shad, Phantom Chartreuse Shad, Ghost Minnow.

Megabass Vibration X Jr:

Recommended Colors: GG Gill, M Sliver, Sexy French Pearl.

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 4):

Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4):

Owner Hyperwire Size 3 Split Rings:

Favorite Lipless Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb Braid:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Other Budget Friendly Lipless Rods...

G Loomis E6X 845 CBR:

Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy Cranking:

Shimano Curado 7' Medium Crankbait:


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10 Bass Weighed 81 lbs?!?! The REAL Story Behind This EPIC Photo!

You've seen this photo but you've never heard the story! Heart wrenching, painful, and epic, all at the same time! If you want to hear the heart and soul behind TacticalBassin, you've got to check this out!

Tim was as low as you could be. After more than a week in NICU with his youngest son struggling for life, Tim hit rock bottom. There was no where left to go but to the lake. He just wanted to clear his head... he had no idea he was about to begin the most epic week of fishing he'd ever experienced! When have you ever heard someone say they were hooking 6-10 lbers on every cast? Its almost unimaginable but that is exactly how it happened!

Here are all of the baits the fish were eating that week...

LV-500 Lipless Crankbait:

Yumbrella Flash Mob Junior:
Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Owner #3 Split Ring:
Medium CPS Springs:
Keitech 4.8" Swimbait:

Osprey 6" Tournament Talon:

3/4 oz Prayer Jig:

S-Waver 168:

Lipless Crankbait Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR:
Reel- Curado 70:
Line- 30 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 15 lb Sunline Sniper:

A-Rig Setup...
Rod- 7'8" 4 power:
Reel- Curado 200K:
Line- 65 lb:
Leader- 20 lb:

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Lipless Crankbaits: Year Round Tips To Catch Bigger Bass!

Lipless crankbaits are awesome fish catchers! Most bass fishing anglers use them as a seasonal bait but the lipless crankbait can be fished all year long. This video is going to explain more about lipless cranks than you even knew existed! 

In this video we break down two very different approaches to fishing lipless cranks. The slow, methodical approach can produce GIANT bites while the fast-burning approach covers water and locates aggressive fish. Both methods have a time and place so its important to master both. 

The Baits...

Lucky Craft LV-500:
Strike King Red Eye Shad:
Strike King Red Eye Shad (Silent):
Strike King Red Eye Shad (Tungsten):
Lucky Craft LVR D15: Discontinued
Damiki Tremor 65:
Damiki Tremor 80:
Bill Lewis Rat L Trap:
River2Sea Ruckus:
Cotton Cordell Spot:
Raid Level Vibe:
Raid Level Vibe Big:
Megabass Vibration X:
Evergreen ZE Lipless:

Hooks and Rings...
Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4):
Owner 3x Treble (Size 4):
Owner Hyper Wire Split Rings (Size 2 and 3):

Best Rod/Reel Combo for the technique...
Rod- Loomis E6X CBR 845:
Reel- Shimano Curado 70 (7:1):
Line- 30 lb Sufix 832 Braided Line:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:
Alternative Line- Seaguar AbrazX 15 lb:

Related Videos...
Lipless Crankbait Tips:
10 lber on a Lipless Crankbait:
Treble Hooks Explained:

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Catching a 10 LBER on a Lipless Crankbait With NO NET!

Tim lands a beautiful 10.88 lb bass on Clearlake with a Lipless Crankbait! Watch the epic battle and check out this beautiful fish when he finally gets her in the boat! 

The Lipless Crankbait is known as a great bait to catch numbers of bass but in the Spring its an amazing way to catch GIANT bass as well! Here on Clearlake the lipless crankbait catches a ton of big bass every year. By combining the right rod and reel with the right lipless crank Tim was able to subdue this fish of a lifetime despite an epic battle!

Gear Used...
The Lipless Crankbait (Aurora Black):
Replacement Split Rings (size 3):
Replacement Hooks (Size 4 and 6):

Rod- CBR 845:
Reel- Curado 70:
Line- 30 lb Sufix 832 Braid:
Leader- 15 lb Sunline Fluoro:

Best Scale:

Wondering how to fish the lipless crankbait? Check out this video...