Squarebill Crankbait Buyer's Guide - Top Baits For Every Season

The Buyer's Guide continues with a look at this year's best squarebill crankbaits. We start with our favorites and quickly branch into some of the hottest new baits of the year. Whether you're trying to fish ultra shallow, bounce the top of a ledge, or just gain confidence in shallow cranks, this video will help you simplify your fishing.

The purpose of the buyer's guide series is to make it easier for you and your loved ones to shop this holiday season. We keep these videos simple and focus on key baits that work from coast to coast. With all of the new crankbaits hitting the market every year its difficult for the average angler to keep up with the trends.

Below is a breakdown of our top confidence baits. We'll follow that up with a handful of new offerings that are worth checking and then wrap it up with our rods, reel, and terminal tackle selections.

Top Baits...

Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5 Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa

Top colors: American Shad, Citrus Citrus, Gizzard Shad

River2Sea Biggie Poppa: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

Top Colors: Cold Blooded, Abalone Shad, Gizzard Shad, TS Minnow

6th Sense Crush Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

Top Colors: 4K Shad, Bluegill Fire, Chrome Treuse Shad, Shad Scales

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

Top Colors: Ayu, Craw, Wakasagi

Lucky Craft Moonsault: http://bit.ly/2SGSMk2

Top Colors: Aurora Ghost Black, Ghost Minnow, Striped Shad, Wakasagi

Megabass Sonic Side: http://bit.ly/2PxtPWo

Top Colors: MB Gizzard, PM Ghost Shiner, Secret Gill

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

Top Colors: Molting Craw, Phantom Green Craw, Phantom Red Craw

Strike King 1.5: http://bit.ly/2LlCEQX

Top Colors: Clear Water Minnow, Sexy Shad, Summer Sexy Shad

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2DCOlmV

Owner Hyperwire Size 3 Split Rings: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Favorite Squarebill Combo...

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

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

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

Other Budget Friendly Squarebill Rods...

G Loomis E6X 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2G5Bc86

Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy Cranking: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Shimano Curado 7' Medium Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2E9gktQ

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Squarebill Crankbaits For Shallow Docks

Matt is out on Clearlake with the new boat for the first time and the fish are biting! Come along as he puts the pieces together, searching for the balance between active shallow fish and larger, more lethargic deep water bass.

Matt found his best success using two squarebill crankbaits. The first was a silent Lucky Craft, the later was a rattling 6th Sense. By using both he was able to fine tune what the bass were keying on and by day's end the bites were coming one after another.

The Baits...

Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill (American Shad): http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa

6th Sense Crush 50 (Chrome Treuse Shad): http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

Ned Worm- Finesse T.R.D. (Green Pumpkin Goby): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Ned Head- Lockz HD: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Matt's Squarebill Combo...

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

Reel- Aldebaran 50 MGL (7:1 Ratio): http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

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

Matt's Ned Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O

Reel- Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 10 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Crankbait Tricks For Early Fall Bass

The Fall transition is Crankbait season! Get prepared so you're not left behind this year. The change from Summer to Fall patterns happens like the flip of a switch and the bass start feeding heavily on baitfish. Whether going shallow or deep there is a crankbait that will help you get more bites. 

We break these Fall transition fish into two categories. Some push baitfish shallow and will be targeted with Squarebills. Others follow the bait out deep and will be targeted with deep diving crankbaits. Both groups are easily catchable if you know what to look for and which baits to use. 

Tim's Shallow Arsenal is broken down by very specific depth ranges. When targeting bass in the shallows there isn't a single square bill that does it all, at least not if you want to maximize your time on the water. Here are Tim's preferred baits.

0-1 foot divers...
Strike King SHALLOW 1.5: http://bit.ly/2gxITSN
Evergreen CH-1: http://bit.ly/2MrsOCG
Mann's 1-Minus: http://bit.ly/2MN6L8T

1-3 foot divers...
Strike King 1.0: http://bit.ly/2Pz3HvE
Lucky Craft 1.5: http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa
6th Sense Crush 50X: http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

3-5 foot divers...
6th Sense Crush 100X: http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT
River2Sea Biggie: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo
Lucky Craft 2.5: http://bit.ly/2woi2Cc
Luhr Jensen Speed Trap: http://bit.ly/2fyC098
Megabass S-Crank: http://bit.ly/2dPdTxb

Matt's Deep baits are broken down by diving depth as well but not nearly to the extent as the shallow baits. Matt typically has 1-2 baits that overlap per depth range. 

Strike King 10XD Crankbait - http://bit.ly/2gHT4F0
Strike King Pro Model 6XD Crankbaits - http://bit.ly/2ery44M
6th Sense Crush 300DD Crankbaits - http://bit.ly/2h9YgSx
Norman DD22: http://bit.ly/2aMn5V5
River2Sea Goon: http://bit.ly/2AnvmMg

Tim's Squarebill Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2giKvEy
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 20 lb Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- Sunline fluoro 15 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Deep Crank Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'6" Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 6:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Crankbait Storage...
Plano Deep Waterproof Box: http://bit.ly/2xjccls
Bass Mafia Deep Waterproof Box: http://bit.ly/2w4i4QJ
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Squarebill Crankbaits For Spring Bass Fishing!

Big bass and shallow water! The pre-spawn is the perfect recipe for squarebill fishing! As the big ones move up a lot of the traditional patterns fade away in favor of high-speed reaction baits. The square bill is a perfect candidate for this style of fishing and today we're making it so easy that anyone can fish them effectively. 

There are only a couple of considerations that you as the angler need to make when selecting a square bill. Pay attention to sound (or lack of sound), size, and diving depth. Once you've made those simple selections all that's left to do is cover water in search of those big pre-spawn bass. 
We keep color selection very simple. Ideally you'll want to fit baits into 4 categories. Craw (red), Ghost (see-through), Reflective (Chrome or scale pattern), and white. If you have baits in these 4 categories you're prepared for 99% of the conditions you can face on the water. 

Favorite Rattling Baits...
Luhr Jensen Speed Trap: http://bit.ly/2fyC098
River2Sea Biggie: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo
Spro Little John: http://bit.ly/2dDfuqt

Favorite Silent Baits...
Jackall Aska: http://bit.ly/2duancx
Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5: http://bit.ly/2vmq67T
Megabass S Crank: http://bit.ly/2dPdTxb

Favorite Magnum Squarebills...
Lucky Craft Magnum 110 (Deep Runner): http://bit.ly/2yaomxB
Lucky Craft Magnum 105 (Shallow Runner): http://bit.ly/2gdrmVv
Megabass Grenade: http://bit.ly/2xxYM3Z
Strike King 8.0 & 4.0: http://bit.ly/2dzeCUk

Matt's Preferred Squarebill Setup...
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 20 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget Friendly Squarebill Setup...
Rod- Dobyns 7' Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Magnum Squarebill Setup...
Rod- Zodias 7'6" Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Crankbait Storage...
Plano Waterproof 3700 Deep Box: http://bit.ly/2xjccls
Bass Mafia Casket 3700 Deep Box: http://bit.ly/2w4i4QJ
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