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Gabby’s fishing fever

Catching bass on lipless crank baits

The spring bass fishing is in full swing.

I have seen pictures of some very nice bass caught out of lakes in Tennessee and Kentucky. Some of these were caught on some type of lipless crank bait.

This is a bait that has been around for quite a while. The bait is also known as a rattle trap or a rattling spot, and is made by different companies. But they are all forms of a lipless crank bait.

These baits are just what they are called — lipless. This allows the bait to be fished in many different depths.

Most of these baits are fairly heavy and most have rattles. This weight makes them able to be cast a long way with little effort.

These baits will run deeper on a faster retrieve with the rod tip held low on the retrieve or more shallow on a slower retrieve with the rod tip held high. Both work well in the right depths and situations.

These baits can cover a lot of water quickly and can be used as a search bait to locate feeding bass and cull unproductive water. Most of these baits have a thin profile like a real shad and have a tight fast wiggle when retrieved and the rattles give off a sound that attracts active bass to strike.

These baits work well in open water and fished parallel to banks. Fish this bait on a long, limber tip, med heavy action rod on around eight- to 12-pound test line . This will work for most cases. Make a long cast and start your retrieve.

If you see bass working the surface, try to work your bait close to the surface and feel for any pull or tug. If you do not see much surface action, slow down and let your bait dig and bump the bottom to trigger a strike.

On your next time out bass fishing, give the lipless crank bait a try.

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