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Early Summer Crankbait Tips

May 27, 2020 by lbailey

Early Summer Crankbait Tips will help make the transition between spring and summer a less frustrating and, quite honestly, a tough time for anglers. The bass are constantly moving, they’re hard to pinpoint and the unpredictable weather patterns don’t do us any favors, either.

Early Summer Crankbait Tips

Crankbaits are one of the most popular and effective baits in bass fishing. You can fish it fast, cover a lot of water and throw it around a lot of different structures. Particularly in the post-spawn, when bass are starting to settle into their summer patterns, crankbaits can be incredibly effective at inciting a spawn weary bass who is feeding up on small baitfish.

Bang Into Stuff

Early Summer Crankbait Tips shows your greatest weapon to get more bites with crankbaits is contact. A high percentage of the time, bass bite after that lip deflects off of something and changes it’s trajectory. So target that crankbait to bang off stumps, rocks, dock pilings or any other structure you can see in the water. Especially the bottom. Make sure you dig into the bottom on every cast. After that bait smacks its target, pause it for just a second and get ready!

Try All Angles

Many times as anglers, we’re going down a bank and cast at the same angle every time. Straight into shore or angled towards shore. If you’re in a boat, try going shallow and casting out, bringing the crankbait uphill or cast parallel to the bank and keep the bait on that drop-off to keep it in the strike zone longer.

Mix Up the Colors

Everyone is guilty of tying on a certain crankbait, fish it for 20 or 30 minutes without a bite and put it away. You might be missing out on tons of fish that are keyed in on a craw fish pattern rather than shad pattern or bluegill instead of crappie. Mix up your colors. No bites. Try a different color and so on. It might not be the crankbait, it might be the color.

Change Up Your retrieve

Another major mistake that every angler makes, is that we don’t mix up our retrieve nearly enough. If you watch the best fisherman in the world on TV or online, they almost never bring a bait back the same way twice. Stop chunking and winding and start throwing in some pauses, quick reels or stop and goes. Try burning the crankbait back as fast as you can or slowing it down to a snail’s pace. Mix it up until you find what is working on that particular day and you WILL catch more fish.

Make some of these changes to your early summer crankbait fishing and the results will surprise you. Some of those days that you catch 2 or 3 fish on a crankbait, might just turn into 10 or 15.

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