On the Edge | Cranking Deep Ledges for Summer Bass

Jul 07, 2022 Fishing Tips

It’s all about finding the hidden hard spots when ledge fishing a crankbait. Current will wash away silt and expose the firm substrates that hold the entire offshore food chain. Mega schools of bass will congregate in the cool comfort of deep water all summer but as usual, 90 percent of them will still be found in only 10 percent of the water. That slice of ledge which holds the most fish will invariably be a hard bottom area, whether composed of limestone or live shell.

A deep running crankbait is a great choice for grinding ledges, and deflecting off the firm bottom will make that lure dance.

A crankbait should be the first lure you throw when trying to fire up a school of offshore bass. Other lures work well when cleaning up the last few sluggish fish, but the biggest specimens in any school are likely to pounce on a crankbait first.

An often-overlooked aspect of cranking is the curvature of the dive angle. For much of the retrieve, a crankbait is working its way to the bottom, where it will spend as little as a quarter of the distance back to the boat actually digging bottom. The deeper the dive, the more exaggerated this effect. Consider this when casting. You may need to get closer to the target area so that your lure is contacting the bottom in the strike zone.

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