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Summer Crankbait Fishing: Best Baits, Modifications, and Colors (GIANT Fish Hooked!!)

June 24, 2020 19 No Comments


Summer bass fishing with crankbaits can be incredible! Today the guys locate a school of hungry fish and start getting bit on every cast! The feeding frenzy is intense and seems like it will never end. When the bite finally slows Matt pulls out his crankbait boxes and shows his favorite baits, how to tune them, adjust hardware, and choose color but is interrupted when Coop sets the hook on a GIANT!

While today’s target species were hard to come by (the passing thunderheads mixed with sweltering periods of bluebird skies were not helping), the crankbait fishing for White Bass was intense! We’ll never know what Coop was tied into as his drag was screaming but it goes to show the drawing power and excitement that can be had with a deep crankbait during the Summer months. If you haven’t tried throwing a crankbait, the time has come. This pattern will work all the way through Fall and anyone can do it. 

Below is a list of the baits Matt showed in the video (including color recommendations) along with the hooks and equipment the guys were using. Additionally Matt has included a budget rod/reel combo option for those that want to dabble with the technique without buying expensive equipment. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.

Today’s Cranks That Caught Fish… 

Matt- Tactical DD 75 Crankbait (Metallic Shad):

Coop- Strike King 6XD (Powder Blue/Chartreuse):

The Baits In Matt’s Crankbait Boxes… 

-Tactical DD 75 Crankbait:

Favorites: Metallic Shad, Mirrored Minnow, DD Minnow

-Strike King 6XD:

Favorites: Powder Blue/Chartreuse, Chartreuse Sexy Shad

-Strike King 10XD:

Favorites: Sexy Blue Back Herring, Powder Blue Back Chart

-Megabass Big M 7.5:

Favorites: Blue Back Chart, Yuzu Shad

-Azuma Z Boss 22 and 25:

Favorites: Hot Mess, Grand Shad

-Spro Little John Super DD:

Favorites: Natural Herring, Chart Blue, Spooky Nasty

-6th Sense Cloud 9 C25:

Favorites: Blue-Treuse Shad, Sexified Chartreuse Shad

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades… 

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings(Size 4 or 5):

-Owner ST-36 Trebles (Size 1/0):

-Owner ST-56 Trebles (Sizes 4,2,1):

-Gamakatsu EWG (Size 4, 2):

Matt’s Crankbait Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 968 CBR Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K:

Line- Sunline Assassin 17 lb Fluorocarbon:

Coop’s Crankbait Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’6″ Medium Heavy Glass:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 200 HG:

Line- Sunline Assassin 15 lb Fluorocarbon:

Budget All-Around Crankbait Combo… 

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7′ MH Crank:

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 XT HG:

Line- Sunline Assassin 15 lb Fluorocarbon:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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