Crankbaits are a great way to cover a lot of water and quickly find fish, according to fishing pro Tom Redington. Depending on what the fish are eating, you’ll want to use a crankbait in a crawdad, minnow or other patterns and colors. You can also select crankbaits designed to dive to different depths.
Fishing with crankbaits is pretty simple. If you just cast them out and reel them, you’ll catch some fish. But for more effectiveness, try the “stop and go” method. After casting, start reeling in the line and after every six to 10 revolutions of the handle, stop and give the line a little pull or drag. This stop and go action seems to trigger fish to bite the crankbait. If you want to fish deep, keep the rod tip pointing down. To go more shallow, hold the rod tip up a little higher.
Remember to fish near cover like downed trees or rocks because that’s where the fish are hiding.