When people think of fishing, they usually think about casting a lure and then reeling it in to catch the fish. But fishing can be much more complex (and exciting) than that, especially depending on the lure you use. One example of a lure that is outside the standard cast and retrieve pattern is the crankbait. This type of lure gives you many options for fishing to increase the chance of getting your fish. Here are three techniques you can use with crankbait the next time you go fishing.


Though this technique is typically associated with jerkbaits, it is also used with any crankbait. This technique can be done by reeling the lure to the desired depth and then pull it with a sweeping motion. Be sure to reel in the slack between retrieves and keep an eye on the line so you know when the fish has taken the bait during this technique.


If the fish are sticking to the bottom or to a structure, you can use this technique to get their attention. Use a crankbait that runs deeper than you’re fishing and you can bounce it along the rocky bottom. When the crankbait bounces along the bottom, it stirs up dirt the same way a crawfish or other prey would, which gets the attention of your fish.

Stop and Go

If you start to reel in a fish and find that it hasn’t actually hooked, this technique can give you another chance to catch the fish. Stopping the reel action for a second or two before starting again may entice the fish to strike, which means you can set the hook and reel in your prize. Make sure you keep the slack off the line during this process and keep an eye on the line in case the fish strikes when the lure is at rest.

Whether you’re looking for a different way to fish or you want to test out a different lure, crankbait is a good way to explore the full capabilities of your lure to maximize the chance you’ll get your fish. By using these techniques, you can more effectively entice fish to take the bait and reel in that beautiful fish you’ve been waiting for.


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