By Luigi De Rose
Depending where you live, crankbaits can be the most or least popular choice for fall fishing. Crankbaits are just as useful for finding pods of bass as they are at catching them. Schooling bait and cooling water temps will bunch up bass. Cranking a plug allows anglers to cover immense sections of water while remaining productive at catching bass regardless of their mood. Once a sense of feel is established while using this lure, it can also be used to telegraph the bottom. Weed, rock, sand even mud can be detected simply by interpreting the reaction of the bait as it comes in contact with the bottom.
Bait selection has been a huge hurdle for anglers. Consider these factors when reaching into your tackle bag.
- · Water depth
- · Cover
- · Water temps
- · Baitfish
- · Water clarity
Each factor will determine size, style and colour scheme of the crankbait you knot on.
Darker water and heavy weed grown will force you to select shallow running
or square bill baits. Square bills run through cover well and excel around wood
or rocks. If the water is warm or
the sun pops out long enough to warm up a cool day, an afternoon crankbait bite
might be the way to turn around an otherwise slow fishing day.
|Rapala and Storm Pro-angler Jacob Wheeler knows|
the importance of the square bill. This Storm Arashi
Wake Bait is a great fall crankbait when the bass are shallow.
If the lake has a strong population of both smallmouth and largemouth select deeper diving cranks than can be cast very far and run along the bottom. Smallmouth can be boat shy particularly in crystal clear waters, so heavy baits than can be rocketed great distances is a huge plus. Smallmouth love crayfish this time of year and scour the bottom looking for them. Scraping the bottom with a natural craw colour patterns can be a winner but don’t shy away from brilliant orange or chartreuse. Neon bright colours can trigger smallies when all else fails.
|The Shad Rap from Rapala is an|
amazing cold water bait.
There is a lot to consider when looking for autumn bass. Crankbait fishing is complex but it can also be as simple as chunkin’ and windin’. Always consider the local conditions and rotate between lure size and diving depth before giving up on these amazing baits.