Fall Crankbait Fishing Tips To Land MONSTERBASS

Nov 25, 2020 Fishing Tips

Crankbaits are great for catching bass all year round. Today we have Jeff from @Burly Fishing here with some fall crankbait fishing tips to help you catch more MONSTERBASS! In this video, he features the brand new Vicious Fishing crankbait from the October Monsterbass box!

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Video Transcript:

Jeff:
Hey, what's going on you guys. Welcome back to the Monsterbass YouTube channel. My name's Jeff, here with Burly Fishing, to talk to you guys about crankbait fishing in the fall. Here specifically, we have a Vicious Fishing crankbait. It's a medium diving crankbait, dives four to eight feet. It's got a pretty heavy rattle to it. Pretty heavy thud.

Jeff:
It's hyper durable and it's got these nickel treble hooks there, they're Mustad hooks, so super sharp hooks, it's going to help you land some dang fish. We're going to talk more about this, where to fish it, how to rig it, what setup to use with it, to make sure you guys are catching more monster bass.

Jeff:
Before we get to that, if you like the content, be sure to subscribe to the Monsterbass channel. We've got tips, techniques, tricks, and pros, and we're going to try and help you guys land as many fish as we possibly can help you land in a season and throughout the year, so you're going to want to stay tuned for more awesome stuff on the channel. Be sure to subscribe.

Jeff:
And if you guys got a couple extra seconds, hop on over to my channel, Burly Fishing, and drop me a subscription if you like the content there. I'd appreciate it very much.

Jeff:
Without further ado, let's get into this thing. So we're talking crankbait fish. We've got body base with these big old lips and they dive down variation of depths, right? So they're going all over the place as far as the water column goes, but that's the point. These are just great baits if you're trying to cover water and play the water depth.

Jeff:
So I love throwing these things around when I'm trying to find fish. If I'm just going searching, generally, it's going to be like this. A spinner bait, a chatter bait, maybe a paddle tail, but we're just moving, we're just covering water. If I want to, I could pick a spot and fan cast all around with this.

Jeff:
We're going to talk more about specific spots to hit these things with in a minute. But first and foremost, what makes a crankbait? It's just a body bait. So a hard bait with a lip. That lip can vary in terms of its length and angle. And it's going to dive to different depths and do different things.

Jeff:
In this case, today, we're talking about just a standard depth crankbait. So this one is going down four to eight feet, as I mentioned before. The great thing about crankbaits is they're going to allow you to cover a range of water depth, so we got four to eight feet here, for example, which means if we run it slow, we're going to be higher in the water column, at four feet. If we run it fast, we're going to be digging down to that eight feet.

Jeff:
Now, with this specific crankbait the Vicious Fishing crankbait, comes in six different colors, actually got another one rigged up here. And this bait is actually going to hit the stores in 2021, so you're getting a little preview if you've got the October Monsterbass box. And if you haven't, it's not too late.

Jeff:
So go to monsterbass.com, get your subscription day, you'll get this in your box. So this year, this is a darker color. They cal it their blue bill color. It looks more like a sunfish to me, but it's a fancy natural dark color. Again the paint job is great on that.

Jeff:
But I want to talk about set up here real quick. So what I like to do with my crankbait setup, so I like to go with a softer, more moderate action rod, something that is going to load up. You're going to be able to lean into the fish, if you've heard guys say that before, but really ultimately, it allows you to play the fish. So you're going to lean into him. You're fishing this thing along through the water column, fish comes out, reaction strikes, snaps at it, gets caught on a treble.

Jeff:
When they bite, you don't want to rip the bait forward out of their mouth. You just want to lean into it, so a softer tip is going to allow you to do that and it's going to make it easier to keep that fish pinned, and you're more likely to land the fish, get it to the boat, right?

Jeff:
So here we have a Duckett Fishing Silverado. So this is one of my favorite rods to throw crankbaits, body baits. It's a softer more whippy action rod, it's a moderate action. This is a seven three moderate action which just means it's more parabolic when it loads, if you like that term, pretty nifty.

Jeff:
It just loads further down the blank, right? It's softer. It's going to load up, let the rod do the work for you versus just trying to hustle them into the boat where most people end up losing fish at that point. So I like the rod for that. Again, it's a seven three. You can go seven foot or longer, generally, if you want to cast this thing out, because that's what we want to do with crankbaits is we want to just cast them up over them there mountains and reel them right back to the boat.

Jeff:
For fan casting, we want to cover as much water as possible. The longer the rod, easier to cast a bigger distance. In addition to the rod, obviously the reel is important. Here we have an SLX DC. I like that because of its castability, whether I'm throwing a light body bait or a heavy body bait, I don't have to do much to dial this thing in, it stays dialed. So this is the SLX DC.

Jeff:
This is the 6.3:1 gear ratio. So it's a little bit of a slower gear ratio. And I love that because it allows me to work that water range. So this is a four to eight foot range as far as the water depth goes, and if I want to hope to get between four and eight, I need a slower real. If I have a high gear ratio, like their 82:1, which you can get the SLX's in, then that 8.2:1 Is going to be harder to slow down. I'm going to be literally cranking like this, And I don't know about you, but that just doesn't sound that fun. And it's not, I've tried it, right.

Jeff:
With a slower gear ratio, I've just got to go at a standard pace and I'm hitting that four foot section of the water column. If I go faster, start burning that thing, then it's getting down to that eight foot. It's a little bit easier to speed the reel up than to slow it down, in my opinion.

Jeff:
A lot of guys might also go up the middle with that gear ratio, maybe more of a seven, okay, which is fine too. Obviously just play the averages if you want to just make it easy on yourself.

Jeff:
As far as line goes, this is where I'm going to divide you guys up a little bit. Now me personally, I throw a 15 pound braid on my cranking setup. I know. It sounds weird. It works for me. That said, generally, you're going to want to throw it on fluorocarbon line. Fluorocarbon has a little more stretch to it than braid is, which is basically zero stretch. I prefer it because of the sensitivity. You get much more sensitivity out of the braid, and I think it runs true to the water column where I want that bait to be. It's just easier for me to handle.

Jeff:
And then obviously, it's tougher. It's going to hold up if I'm just burning this thing through rocks, which I do a lot, or through brush, and over logs, and things like that, over cover, I prefer the more durable line. That's my opinion. Most guys are running this on fluorocarbon, some on mono, but fluoro is going to give you like that slight stretch to, again, help you play the fish.

Jeff:
So it's invisible in the water, so the fish aren't seeing it. There's a lot of perks to that as well. Me personally, just straight braid. I'll throw a fluorocarbon leader on if I lose fish. I just don't lose fish when I fish this way. So that's my opinion, that's how I fish. I'm not the only weirdo out there, but I'm sure a lot of you guys are like, "Straight braid. What the heck?" There's pros and cons to every setup. But that's generally how I throw mine, you guys.

Jeff:
So real quick, let's talk about where to fish this thing to close this baby out. So where do you catch fish on a crankbait? The answer is everywhere. Everywhere. All over the dang place. You can catch fish anywhere on a crankbait. You can just go pick a spot on the water and just fan cast 360 degrees, you're probably going to catch a fish, but generally speaking, it's got a lip. You can run this lip right into the ground and you want to do that.

Jeff:
That sort of contact with the ground is going to create more vibrations, more sound, more disturbance, which can really draw in those reaction strikes. So generally speaking, that's what I'd recommend, but obviously you catch them in open water too.

Jeff:
So if you've got your sonar, go find the fish. If they're suspending anywhere around this four to eight range below or above, you've got a rattle, you're going to draw them in. They're going to bite this thing. So again, pick a spot, fan cast, you're going to catch them.

Jeff:
Two of my favorite ways to catch on a crankbait. One, ledges. Go to drop-offs and go to humps. Find spots where the depth changes, find a hole, fish over top of that, fish over the grass on a hump, go parallel to a drop-off. If you have a steep embankment on your lake or body of water that you're fishing, run parallel to that. You're going to straight up catch a hog. It's going to happen.

Jeff:
I also like to fish over cover. So if you find a fallen tree, some logs, some rocks and boulders, we're going to fish around that too, you're going to catch fish. But variations in the water depth, very important. That's going to help you catch fish pretty much all year round.

Jeff:
Finally, I love trolling these. It's probably cheat code, straight up. My kayak fishers, you guys out there, if you're not trolling, when you're going spot-to-spot, when you're just paddling, you are missing so many free fish. Free fish that you can just have for free. Just cast this thing out behind you when you're traveling to the next spot and I guarantee you're going to be catching more bass, or more pike, or just more fish in general on a given day.

Jeff:
So take those tips. Hopefully, you guys catch more fish. That's what we're here to do is to try and help you do that. This channel is purely to help you catch more monster bass, and we want to put more fish in your boat and more grins on your face that you can take selfies of, and by the way, tag us with on social media, because we want to share that. That's what we want to see.

Jeff:
So be sure to tag monster bass @monsterbassco or #monsterbass. And on Monday, we like to give our subscribers a chance to be on the channel, so we will straight up share your content if you tag us. So go ahead and do that. Of course, subscribe to the Monsterbass channel if you want more content like this, we'd love to have you guys here more often.

Jeff:
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Jeff:
Other than that, you guys, that's all I got. We'll see you out on the water.

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