CRANK BAITS AND GRASS ?
Crank baits are a highly effective, but under-utilized lure for
The key with cranking vegetation is to keep the bait just above the
surface of the submerged grass. A crank bait is ineffective when enveloped
by weeds, so it is important to pause and allow the lure to float up
slightly once you feel the top of the vegetation. You will often get a
strike as the bait begins floating upward. The absolute best crankbait I have
found yet to address this item is one made by Spro. It is their Prime slow
floating Crankbait 25. You can
use this bait over and through grass beds like no other I have found. It
floats very slowing upon stopping in a hole or at the edge of the grass and
you can slow the retrieve way down over submerged grass without getting
tangled or wrapped up in the grass itself.
Another method of cranking shallow submerged vegetation is to
concentrate your efforts on the edge of the grass where it meets open
water. Such edges form a drop-off of sorts, which tends to concentrate bass
in weed beds. Parallel the edge and pay particular attention to any
irregularities in it, such as a point of grass sticking out or an
indentation. The real key is to vary your speed of the presentation. This again
is where the Spro baits come into play. They are small yet you can literally
rip them with a high speed reel and they still track perfectly true in the
water with no rollover. This method is really coming into play on Lake
Okeechobee with the lower water levels this summer.
To all a Good Bite...
Walt Reynolds, Touring Pro
Copyright © 2000 by Walt Reynolds