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Crank Bait Magic to Put You on to More Fish

Using Crank baits for both salt water and fresh water game fish can be very rewarding and there are a few simple things to keep in mind that will put you on to more fish!

“Tight” Wiggle vs. “Wide” Wiggle

This is a key area to focus on when using crank baits and here are a few points to consider:

“Tight” Wiggle

A crank bait with a tight wiggle will generally be a “thin” bodied crank bait with a narrow lip. These types of crank baits will come through the water very quickly with a tight wobbling action, and are very easy to retrieve.

It’s best to use this type of crank bait for aggressive fish, typically when water temperatures are warm to hot. It’s also a good crank bait to help you find fish, as it allows you to quickly cover water.

Tight wiggling crank baits are best suited for clear water

“Wide” Wiggle


A crank bait with a wide wiggle, is best suited when fished slowly. These types of crank baits typically have a “fat” body and a wider lip. When this style crank bait makes its’ way through the water, it will have a very wide, wobble and should be harder to retrieve as there is more resistance.

It’s best to use this type of crank bait during cold water conditions or when fish are lethargic (i.e. not active). The slow, wobbling action will provoke strikes even from the weariest of fish as it not only makes for an easy target, but it also sends out sound waves making it easier for fish to find.

Thus, wide wiggling crank baits are well suited for stained or dirty water.

Summary and More Quick Tips

In summary, be sure to consider the style of crank bait you are buying, prior to making your selection as you will want to ensure it is the right crank bait and that’s its being used in the right application. This will put you on to more fish!

Also remember that if you want your crank bait to dive deeper, use thinner diameter line and keep your rod tip pointed down towards the water when retrieving your crank bait.

By keeping your rod tip pointed down, not only are you maximizing the depth of your crank bait, but you are also in the perfect position to set the hook!

One last point, when it comes to crank bait rods, fibreglass rods are best to use as they have a “slow tip”.

As always folks, until next time, good luck and good fishing!


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