MOST Versatile Hard Bait? | Lipless Crankbaits

Dec 21, 2020 Fishing Tips

Power fishing pro anglers are never without this lure and for good reason! Brad with @shieldoutdoors has the LunkerCandy Lipless Crankbait and deconstructs his favorite scenarios and gear for this classic lure! Just remember,  BURN BURN PAUSE! Make sure to comment what state you live in and let's see how many states the lipless crankbait is successful in! Brad comments back to everyone!

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Video Transcript:

Brad Garrison:
Oh, what is up, everybody? Welcome to the Monsterbass channel. I am Brad with Shield Outdoors. Today we're going to look at a lure that I use probably more than most lures in terms of how much of the year I use it in. I use this lure probably eight to nine months of the year, and that is going to be a lipless crankbait. Let's get into it.

Brad Garrison:
Before we go any further, drop a comment below. What state do you live in and is a lipless crankbait successful? That's it. Very simple. Just drop it below, where you're from and if the lipless crankbait is successful for catching bass in your area. Let's see how versatile and widespread the success is for a lipless crankbait.

Brad Garrison:
Now, of course, make sure you subscribe to the Monsterbass channel. Make sure you go check out Facebook, Instagram, all that kind of stuff. And if you're feeling so kind, you can go check me out on Shield Outdoors. I'm on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, all kinds of stuff. So make sure you check us out. Make sure you click that Subscribe button and click the little bell for notifications.

Brad Garrison:
So my November Monsterbass box, great box, came with all kinds of stuff. I'll be going over all the lures in this box on my channel here in a couple of days, so make sure you look for that.

Brad Garrison:
But today we're going to be looking at this Lunker Candy LC-55. It is a lipless crankbait. Now, I love crankbaits. If you're familiar with my channel, I have done entire videos about lipless crankbaits. I even did a lipless crankbait showdown where I used three different crankbaits over the course of several hours to see what were the fish looking for that day. And I've learned probably more about lipless cranking in the last year than any other lure except Dropshot. Dropshot is definitely a new one to me.

Brad Garrison:
But lipless is just so versatile. You can use this thing in so many different platforms and it's just phenomenal the reaction bites that you will get from this sucker.

Brad Garrison:
Now looking at this lure in terms of size, this is a smaller sized lure, 55 millimeters. This is smaller than most lipless that you will see on the market, but it has its purposes and its advantages, right? So the size is a little bit smaller, but why is that?

Brad Garrison:
Let's look at the color, blue chrome. It's a blue chrome color. Now, blue chrome is made to usually match minnows, right? Bait fish. We want to look like a little minnow darting through the water and when does blue chrome do best? Sunny days.

Brad Garrison:
So think about the scenario in which you would want to throw this. What would maximize your opportunity with this lure? Bright, sunny day, probably clear skies and clear water. You throw this in clear water on a sunny day, and it's going to have a little bit of a flash to it. It's going to have a very natural look in that bright sun, and the fish are going to assume this to be some kind of bait fish.

Brad Garrison:
This type of lure when I was a kid was phenomenal on rivers, and I never really made the connection. I just thought you used blue chrome lures on rivers. Well, think about it. Most creeks and rivers are usually very clear water, very clear a lot of the times. Now, they get muddy after a rain, sure. But a lot of the times a river or a creek is clear, and they're usually loaded with bait fish. And they're great for you, shore fishermen. For those of you without a boat, this is probably going to be a tremendous lure for you on clear sunny days.

Brad Garrison:
But I'm not talking about just in the spring. Right now in a lot of the US, you guys are already seeing a little bit of ice. Some of you guys are even seeing ice and then thawing, and then ice and then thawing. When ice melts, the minnow baits are fire. So just a quick note, don't forget about this even in cold weather.

Brad Garrison:
Now, I just want to add in here, sunny days with a blue and chrome lipless is not your only options. If you have muddy, chocolate milk water, super, super stained water, a lipless with rattles is a classic lure to throw in muddy water. You don't have many options. You need something that's loud and something that gets a reaction strike. So a lipless with rattles is a classic muddy water lure, stained water, shallow water during the spawn, a bluegill color during the spawn or in shallow water, or as fish are moving up, crawdad colors. If you get a heavier one and you fish it a little bit slower, yo-yoing it off the bottom. Classic, absolute classic lure. So don't forget about those other options. Don't forget about the other conditions. There's more to a lipless than just a chrome blueback on sunny days. The options are endless.

Brad Garrison:
All right, equipment with a lure like this. You're probably going to want a faster gear ratio because a lot of the times you're going to want to burn, burn, pause this, and we'll talk about techniques in a minute. I typically would throw probably at least a 6.1:1, maybe a 7.1:1.

Brad Garrison:
As for your rod, a lot of people are going to want a moderate action or a heavy action. I think I typically throw a heavy action rod with a fast tip. That's just what I prefer to use. I like having a little bit of backbone because I'm going to be dragging this through grass, believe it or not. And yes, yes, there is exposed treble hooks here, and we'll get to that in one second. So faster reel, probably a heavier rod, in my opinion, that's what I like to use.

Brad Garrison:
Now, technique, let's start with your cast. I'm going to be blazing this sucker as far as I can. I want a long retrieve on this sucker. Where are we going to throw this? I'm going to bounce this over all kinds of stuff. Logs, rocks especially, grass especially. I'm going to be throwing this just about anywhere that I can find.

Brad Garrison:
Now, the funny thing is you almost want this thing to get hung up in the grass. When I'm dragging this through grass, what will happen is I'll cast it out there and I'll start my retrieve. Burn, burn, pause, burn, burn, pause. I mean, I am cranking this thing fast. But occasionally during that pause, it might get hung up in the grass. I will yank it out of there and burn, burn, pause. Yank it out of it, burn, burn, pause.

Brad Garrison:
Now, what is that doing in the fish's eye? That fish will see this lure coming, right, and it stops, sinks in that grass, and then I rip it out of the grass. It's an instinctual reaction bike. Bike? It's an instinctual reaction bite for that large mouth bass or that small mouth bass.

Brad Garrison:
The bass are going to want to hit this because, for one, it looks like a bait fish darting around avoiding prey, which is just a natural habit for a fish to want to eat prey that's trying to avoid it, right? Two, it looks like it's trying to hide in that grass. It's starting out of the grass. It's presenting it an opportunity to feel as if the fish is ambushing it. We've talked about that before in this channel, you want your lure to present the fish with the opportunity that it thinks it's ambushing you, grass, rocks, maybe some sticks, but not too thick a timber because it is exposed trebles.

Brad Garrison:
But the way that this thing is going to run is kind of like this. When you're burning it, it's actually going to almost stand on end, so you don't have to be as concerned about these treble hooks. Now this one specifically actually has smaller hooks, and I do prefer smaller hooks on a lipless because I think it makes it a little bit harder for the fish to throw it.

Brad Garrison:
Now, something else let's talk about is why is this thing so narrow? Why are lipless so narrow? It's because you want a tight wobble. On a lipless crankbait, the way that you're burning this over grass, burning it over rocks, the way that this is to present in front of a fish, you want it to have a tighter wobble. You want this thing to have a tighter wobble because that is how the bait fish are reacting when you're using something like this.

Brad Garrison:
This is how you want to present it, especially early, early spring. I'm talking early spring here in the Midwest, I'm talking about like January, February. Late winter, early spring, you want this thing to look like a bait fish that is either just coming out of an ice thaw, or a bait fish that's trying to get back to some cover, or a bait fish that might be moving up in the shallows. Those fish in cold water are going to have a tighter movement pattern, therefore, you want your lure to have a tighter wobble.

Brad Garrison:
All right, everybody, that is it for this video. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, Lipless Crank Lunker Candy. If you're interested in this product, you can check them out on their Facebook and on their website and, of course, Monsterbass. Make sure you subscribe right here on the Monsterbass channel. Make sure you hit the bell for notifications. Then check out Shield Outdoors, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, all that good stuff. Thank you so much for being here. Peace.

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