Crash and Burn | Ripping a Squarebill Through Heavy Cover

Jul 05, 2022 Fishing Tips

Speed kills in the target oriented, precision casting game of summer squarebill fishing. The square shape of the bill causes violent deflections and direction changes as the bait glances off hard underwater objects.

The key is to hit something. Laydown trees are high on the list for squarebill aficionados. Rocks work well, as do brush piles and even hard grasses such as hydrilla.

Pay attention to how your line feels. If in contact with a limb, dock piling or similar, it will tell you when you’re about to hit that piece of cover. Accelerate the retrieve and knock on wood – literally. Then, pause and let the bait float up for a second. If the crash didn’t trigger a strike, the stunned appearance of the helpless, confused lure probably will. If not, then try a different tact. Burn the bait through the obstacles as fast as you can and hold on to your rod.

Often times, success just comes down to stubbornness. Repeated casts are often needed no matter the magic combination of retrieve and speed. Outlast the fish and the rewards can be great.

There’s no bad place to throw a squarebill crankbait. Banging it off of cover in less than six feet of water is among the best-ever summertime tactics.

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