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Captain McSh*tty
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A few days ago Franklin was arguing with me that there is no such thing as a good crankbait fisherman. I think he is wrong. There was a guy in our club a few years back that fished pretty much nothing but cranks, and always did well. He had some special tatics he used though, and I think that is the reason he did so well. I have done well when I found a crank bite, but there always seemed to be some wacky variable involved, like at Alamo, it HAD to be a small, deep diving chartruse crank. No other color would get touched. Another lake it was a deep diving crank in a craw color, you had to crank it down to about 10' and then fish it like a jerkbait. It was the only thing working that tourney, not even worms were getting bit. What do you all think? Do you think there is more to cranks than just tossing one out and hoping for the best? I do.
 

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There is more than just throwing the bait out and hoping for the best..........you must consider depth, color, speed. structure.......etc. What I was trying to imply is that fishing a worm, or flipping a jig takes more concentration due to the fact that you must make a "positive" hookset, and you don't have 2 treble hooks to help out the cause............. 8)



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you can still miss fish on a crank. Ive seen it on video. Do we have to hook the fish in my tank to prove this? For sure there is more to crank fishing than luck.
 
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i fish almost nothing but crankbaits and i can tell you there is alot more than luck. Things such as verying retrieves from fast, slow, stop and go, amount of time you stop the bait, line size to make it go deeper or shallower, which wobble works best under different conditions, rattle noises that fish prefer, number of suspend strips to put on the bait, the list goes on and on.

As far as the bite goes, i have had fish hit a crainkbait so lite that the only way you know that you got bit was to watch the rod tip and when it stopped vibrating set the hook. If you did not set the hook as soon as it stopped you missed the fish or did not hook him very well. On the other end of that i have had them hit so hard the rod almost came out of my hands and set and have nothing there. In this case they are just swatting at it and there is most likely something about the bait that they did not like and you may need to change it a little bit.
 

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good crankbait info, Guest. Thanks. Its cool to see someone that cranks a lot. I have felt them hit the crank before while fishing a golf course pond and the fish didnt get it...even with super sharp hooks. I throw a lot of worms and jigs, but Im trying to broaden my horizons and be more versatile so someday I can win the Bass Masters Classic and take over the world. Im kidding! It is good to be versatile though.
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Dude, I dont drink. Youre the closet alkie.....anyways, stop being so hardheaded. Thats the reason you dont catch fish too well. Free your mind, the rest will follow!
 

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No, more like you lost all but ONE right at the tube. In a tourney your partner would have left you on a damn island in the middle of the lake.
 
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Franklin, if you are missing that many fish on a jig and worm either get a more sensative rod or put the beer down before you cast....loljk its alot easier to miss and lose fish on a reaction bait of any kind than it is to miss one on a worm or jig as long as they are taking the bait. Don't ask me how those little green things can hammer a crainkbait and not get hooked when i can't even get it unhooked from the rod without getting poked or catching on something.
 
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Franklin you also have to remember a fish does not swat at a worm or jig like it will a crankbait or spinner bait. A fish inhales the worm or jig probably 95% of the time therefore when you set the hook the bait is in the fishes mouth.
 
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How many times have you hooked a smallie with a crank or a spoon (big treblehook ) and have them throw it? If a bass wants a bait I dont care he will engulf it!! I think what ( and it is just my viewpoint ) does it is how much weight is hanging out of the fishes mouth ( thats why we use trailer hooks on blades cause the extra weight works the hook out ) also thats why Gammy has came out with the stinger hook to help us all out. To me only 3 things caused the hook to come out 1. The fish just did not want it that bad (swatting at the bait or just bumping it cause they are right nasty about there home turf) 2. They did want it and to much weight was outside causing him to get leverage and to throw it. or 3. I did not watch David Fritz or Kevin V enough in the morning and I was not skiing the fish in fast enough!! lol Loose Hooks and lips sink hearts
 
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