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#10830360 - 05/09/15 10:10 AM How do you work your crank baits.
Fishinsoap Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/04/08
Posts: 544
Loc: TX
I know it depend on what the fish want but I'm just looking to what you do the majority of the time. Slow steady, fast, erratic or a mixture of all three with long pauses? And do you work the deep divers the same as shallow running baits.

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#10830370 - 05/09/15 10:14 AM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
kcb Offline
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Registered: 01/05/07
Posts: 946
Loc: Carrollton, TX
Needs to be contacting the cover you are fishing.

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#10830379 - 05/09/15 10:20 AM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
kingdad101 Offline
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Registered: 10/24/05
Posts: 20708
Loc: W.F. Texas
I usually run my shallow baits a little faster than the deeper ones...

and I usually 'work' mine all day ....

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#10830414 - 05/09/15 10:34 AM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: kcb]
Ken A. Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 7748
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Originally Posted By: kcb
Needs to be contacting the cover you are fishing.


Precisely! If you ain't hitting something with your bait, you ain't catching fish.

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#10830430 - 05/09/15 10:41 AM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
Skeetererun Offline
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Registered: 02/28/12
Posts: 507
Loc: Longview,tx
Wide open when fishing on the ledges. Make sure your hitting the bottom . A lot of times the bass are sitting on the edge drop. When that crankbait flies over their head they'll smash it every time. Works well until people sink a bunch of brush piles and then you'll need to slow down
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#10830524 - 05/09/15 11:10 AM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
RodBreaker aka cwill Offline
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Registered: 01/21/14
Posts: 2958
Loc: Lake Conroe Texas
Cast. Retrieve. Repeat.
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#10830553 - 05/09/15 11:24 AM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Ken A.]
senko9S Offline
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Registered: 10/15/03
Posts: 21588
Loc: Bedford, TX
Originally Posted By: Ken A.
Originally Posted By: kcb
Needs to be contacting the cover you are fishing.


Precisely! If you ain't hitting something with your bait, you ain't catching fish.

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#10830757 - 05/09/15 12:56 PM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
timwins31 Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 5545
Loc: DFW
I always feel like I'm reeling my cranks too fast. . .then I watch a KVD video and realize I need to speed it up some more. . .

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#10830834 - 05/09/15 01:46 PM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
Code Offline
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Registered: 04/15/13
Posts: 33
Loc: Tyler, Texas
Like everyone else said, always bumping something, either the bottom or heavy structure like logs, rocks, etc.

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#10830993 - 05/09/15 03:15 PM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
Andrew Taylor Offline
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Registered: 03/01/14
Posts: 747
Loc: Emory, TX
I disagree with the post above. Depends what you're throwing. i do better burning 1.5's and .5's without touching anything.

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#10831062 - 05/09/15 04:09 PM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
Randy Barfknecht Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/27/15
Posts: 46
Always throw a crankbait that dives deeper than the actual depth yor fishing. This will give you constant contact with the bottom. Lipless baits, chunk and wind, if it hits cover stop it, a lot of times they will hit it when you stop it.

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#10831070 - 05/09/15 04:14 PM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
whopper22 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/26/05
Posts: 145
Loc: Denton, TX
2 of my favorite ways to fish crankbaits its to stop and go with a sweeping rod tip action, and throwing lipless crankbaits just over the top on grass or banging them off timber.

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#10831123 - 05/09/15 04:42 PM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
Bayou Burner Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/26/08
Posts: 3470
Loc: Chocolate Bayou/Lake Conroe
Like I'm having a seizure... grin

Love grinding rip-rap w/ squarebills and 8 to 10 ft divers.

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#10831175 - 05/09/15 05:08 PM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
Fishspanker Offline
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Registered: 01/19/08
Posts: 6555
Loc: Island of Jeff (Humble)
Hit stuff. Reaction bite. A lot of the top Elites that are good with them fish them pretty fast a good percent of the time. KVD and Combs do this.
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#10831190 - 05/09/15 05:19 PM Re: How do you work your crank baits. [Re: Fishinsoap]
Thad Rains Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/09/01
Posts: 2379
Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
I guess I am the ONLY guy that crankbaits that catches fish in OPEN WATER and NOT HITTING SOMETHING!!!!!!! So, I use a 5.1:1 reel and reel/pause for most of the time. When the pause gets done, MOST of my CBs are tuned so when I pause them, they jerk to one side or the other when I pause them, so that is why I catch a LOT of open water fish. It is EASY to tune your bait that way, you just have to have a LOT of patience to get it there. I normally don't throw a retrieve for more than 10 or 15 times in a row, until I get bit and then I repreat that one. If it repeats and gets bit, then THAT is the retrieve they want. If I just got lucky and hit a fish in the head, then I keep changing. Fast, slow, moderate, pause, stop and go, quit and let it float 1/2 way up and then JERK the crud out of it, all goes to whatever the fish want. I DO catch fish when I hit things as well, but I do NOT have to hit something to catch fish. Hope this helps.

Tight lines, keepo safe and good luck.

Thad Rains
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