Fishing With Crankbaits: The Ultimate “How To” Guide

If ever there was a fishing lure for all seasons and all locations, surely it must be the crankbait! These deadly offerings can take fish almost anywhere, anytime. But with such a diverse group of lures you’d better believe there’s a lot to know. Tackle, technique and lure all need to come together to win the prize! If you want to blast your fishing up a notch or two (who doesn’t) then becoming a crankbait gun isn’t optional. It’s mandatory.   The Ultimate List Of The Web’s Best Crankbait Fishing Resources         Chapter 1: Noobs Guide To Using Crankbaits … more

Silent Crankbaits: Stealth Weapons

Silent crankbaits can be a wonderful asset in any tackle box – and a much underestimated lure fishing weapon, too! These days every lure maker under the sun seems to be out there trying to make the noisiest crankbaits that they can. Unfortunately, too much noise (or the wrong noise) can actually be counter-productive! Read: It can reduce the effectiveness of your lures by warning fish off! There are good reasons why silent crankbaits should have a very important place in your arsenal. Likewise, there are lots of reasons why loudest is often not best – a fact ofetn missed by n=both professional … more

How To Rip A Rattlebait – Differently!

Ripping a rattlebait through grass and weed is a well known and very successful lure fishing technique in lakes and ponds. It’s also a lesser known but equally effective technique in estuarine and coastal areas. The idea is to work your rattlebait with sufficient speed to just keep it just in contact with the tips of the grass. Every now and the bait “digs in” to the grass and is ripped through with a sharp upwards sweep of the rod tip. Ripping A Rattlebait: A New Twist On A Classic Technique Ripping is certainly not a new technique, but with everything … more

Wooden Rattlebaits: Better Than Plastic Ones!

Demo: Rat-LR Wooden Rattlebaits I love when people tell me something can’t be done, especially in lure making! It’s like a rad flag to a bull! Many years ago I got into a heated debate with a fellow lure maker who claimed that it wasn’t possible to make a “proper” wooden rattlebait. Now, I’d been making the things for years, so I knew that he was a sandwich short of a picnic and set about letting him know it. He had all the reasons under the same why a wooden rattlebait wouldn’t work: wood deadens the sound, wood is solid, … more

Fishing Deep With HomeMade Crankbaits

deep diving home made crankbait

If you want to be successful with homemade crankbaits, especially deep divers, you need to understand this: “The foundation of effective crankbait fishing is very simple; know the depth your crankbaits run. Until this knowledge is in hand, all the other crankbait questions are very insignificant. After all, if you can’t get the bait to the fish, how could color, shape, action, or models of crankbaits make any difference whatsoever?”. Bass Pro Mike McClelland in his book “Walleye Troubleshooting” I love this statement and its as relevant when using homemade crankbaits as it is bought ones! So many guys waste too … more