Today we’re going to get into crankbait fishing or hard body bait fishing with spinning gear and light line. Let’s get into it. This is a really interesting topic. Years ago I used to think that to fish crankbait to fish a hard body lure you need bait cast equipment.
And it really does help. But there are times when a spinning real with a 6 to 8 or 10 pound test line hits more bites, catches bigger fish.
You may not be able to cover more water with it necessarily. And you’re not going to necessarily be able to power fish and horse those fish into the boat. Cover a ton of water and be as efficient as possible. But there’s so many guys out there that actually don’t even think about throwing crankbaits and spinning gear. And it’s something that I really do enjoy doing when the time is right.
Now in a lot of these scenarios you’re gonna have highly pressured fish. Really inactive fish in the like winter, late fall, early, early spring when the water temperatures are really cool or really, really cold right.
And you’re gonna have these situation where the fish are just really inactive. And you know a crankbait can help them react. But you got to get a bait really slow to them. You have light line, it’s got to be a little fairy wand whipping it around okay.
And you got to have these little bitty small crankbaits. Where’s the little dude at? This is actually a pretty big crankbait for what I’m talking about. But you have little bitty Rapala crankbaits and they’re hard to cast with the bait cast equipment right.
Use The Spinning Reel
So get the spinning reel out. Cast it around with 6 to 8 test line is like really, really good. You can go up to 10 but for the most part I’m wanting to fish smaller crankbaits. At least the body size of them and wanting to get them around those fish and get them on the bottom fishing it real slow so you know you want to get away with no more than 10 pound test you know that. 6 day pound test is like money.
And you cast these things around it cast these small baits really, really well. Much better than bait casting equipment. You don’t have to worry about the back lashing with the bait cast equipment so it really works out pretty nice.
And you have the ratio. One of those 5 and 6, 3 to ones with the spinning reels. You can wind it really slow. You can, and it’s not picking up a whole bunch of line its keeping the retrieve real nice and slow.
Like I said colder water, really inactive maybe after a front, high bluebird skies, not a single cloud in the sky and everybody struggling to catch them. Maybe even some of those guys with worms. There are times when a crankbait fished correctly can out fish soft plastic baits.
There are times because the soft plastic stuff it goes by so slow that the fish get too much of a good look at it and there just not interested. You get this little crankbait out there. Light line. You wheel it around they’re not used to seeing that, they’re not used to feeling that kind of disturbance in the water with light line, the slow retrieve with the small crankbait all that much.
Your Crankbait Might Trigger A Reaction Strike When A Soft Plastic Won’t
And you get it around there and it’s just fast enough to where it makes them like – Wow – react. And they just go over and they lunch it right, instead of that worm where it’s just falling next to them, and they get a time they’re like, “I don’t really know. It’s not really for me. I don’t really. I kind of want; you know what? No I don’t really want it.
And then it just goes by right. So I wonder how many times that really happens in bass fishing. How many times I’ve had like 8 and 10 and 12 pounders right next to my liver looking at it. It might make me sick.
But that’s a really good tip. Spinning gear, light line, 6 to 8 and 10 pound test, small little rappeler or bomber crankbaits – those wooden crankbaits. It’s absolutely money when the water’s cold and the fishing is tough.
This has been Johnny Jenkins from Peak Performance Fishing.