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Squarebill Crankbait Tricks You Haven't Tried (But Your Friends Have!)

September 21, 2020 96 No Comments


Want to catch more fish this Fall? Squarebill crankbaits are an awesome way to catch bass as temperatures cool. Which baits? What speed? Are there special colors that get bit more than others? Of course! Come along as we dive in-depth with squarebill crankbaits and cover everything you need to know as you head out on the water to catch Fall bass!

The squarebill crankbait should have a place in every angler’s arsenal. Whether you fish on the bank or from a boat it has an innate ability to come through shallow cover and trigger a feed response in lurking bass. Today’s video is all about learning how to fine-tune the technique to perfectly match your conditions.

You need to start paying closer attention to speed, adding bite triggers into your retrieve cadence, adjusting diving depth by switching between baits in your arsenal, and which colors get more bites this time of year. You can go down the bank chucking and winding or you can take it to the next level and start triggering BIG bites consistently. Its totally up to you!

Below is a breakdown of all the baits and equipment in the video. All of the links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. We’ve included our favorite baits, colors, hook upgrades when applicable, as well as the exact rods and reels we use. We even included a budget-friendly combo that excels for the price.  

Matt’s All-Around Favorite Crankbait… 

Bait- River2Sea Biggie Poppa Squarebill:

Color: Abalone Shad

Tiny/Shallow Squarebills… 

Bait- Spro Baby Fat John 50:

Favorite Colors: Citrus Nasty, Honey Shad, Matte Shad

Bait- Lucky Craft 0.7, 1.0:

Favorite Colors: Golden Shiner, Pearl Threadfin

**50 Runs the shallowest, followed by 0.7, then 1.0**

Silent Squarebills… 

Bait- Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5:

Favorite Colors: Golden Shiner, American Shad, Gizzard Shad

Bait- 6th Sense Crush Silent 50 and 100:

Favorite Colors: Shad Scales, Shad-Treuse Scales

**1.5 runs shallower than 2.5 and 50 runs shallower than 100**

Rattling Squarebills… 

Bait- River2Sea Biggie:

Favorite Colors: Abalone Shad, T-1000, TS Minnow

Bait- 6th Sense Crush 50 and 100:

Favorite Colors: Shad Scales, Shad Burst, ChromeTreuse Shad

**Smalls runs shallower than Poppa**

Large Squarebills… 

Bait- Lucky Craft BDS 6:

Favorite Color: BP Golden Shiner

Bait- 6th Sense Cloud 9 Mini Mag:

Favorite Colors: Ghost Shad Scales, Ghost Threadfin Shad, Shad Scales

Hook Upgrades… 

Light Wire Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 2 and 4):

Heavy Wire Hook- Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 2 and 4):

Split Rings- Hyperwire Size 2 or 3:

Favorite All-Around Squarebill Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Bantam 150 XG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20 lb Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 12 lb Mono:

Mid-Priced Squarebill Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis E6X 845 CBR:

Reel- Shimano SLX DC XG:

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb:

Budget Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Intenza 7′ Medium Glass:

Reel- Shimano SLX HG:

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb:

Ultra-Budget Combo… 

Rod- Denali Ryker 7′ Medium heavy:

Reel- Daiwa CC 80 HS:

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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