Crappie Crankbaits

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Using small crankbaits for catching crappie can be highly productive if they are used correctly. Crappie respond to slow, natural moving bait and what is more natural than swimming forage? Fish areas where you know deep water crappie can be found, especially along a channel edge dotted with stumps. These locations will produce crappie in both summer and winter.

The big schools of crappie will stack up vertically over brush or a tree stump. Using a crankbait you don't have too set the hook because the crappie's mouth allows a good hook set at slower retrieve speeds. The crankbait I like best is the 1/8 ounce Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap Tiny Trap.

Slow Cranking

I usually take three seconds or more to make only one turn on my reel handle. I've always found that crappie like what I call dead acting injured baits. This is probably the most helpful crappie fishing tip used consistently by successful crappie fishermen.

Crankbait Colors and Cranking Actions

The best crappie crankbait seems to be chartreuse in color. The second best is probably the crawfish brown tones. The time of year has a lot to do with which crankbait color is best, so be sure to have several colors to test your own hot spots.

The lure's action is most important, drag it through the water next to the boat or shoreline to check it's movement and make sure the lure runs true. If it tracks to one side, bend the line tie a little in the direction you want it to go until it does run true. If you can't get it to run true, you probably just need to buy better quality crankbaits. And once again, for the best crankbait performance, always retrieve the lure at the slowest possible speed to maintain the lure's action.

Size is another big consideration. Always use the smaller 1/8 ounce crankbaits for crappie.

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