Fishing pressure seems to be at an all time high and fish are getting accustomed to seeing the same lures day in and day out. Making some small modifications to your crankbaits can make all the difference in whether you catch fish or go home disappointed. This article will outline a few tips to make your crankbaits more effective.
One of the easiest modifications is to replace the stock treble hook with a feathered treble. This is a common practice on topwater lures but not so common on crankbaits. The added feathered treble gives the bait more action and flares whenever you use a stop and go retrieve. It resembles a shad and helps rigger bites from finicky and weary bass.
Tuning the bill on your crankbait to run to one side can be a nifty little trick that will get your bait in places that fish have never been reached with a crankbait. There are several cases where this could make a difference such as next to docks, under barges, or even along rip rap banks during a shad spawn. The key here is to only make a small adjustment so the crankbait will still run smooth and true.
Another simple modification is to take a dye marker and add a line down the side or on the belly of your crankbait. A little bit of contrast can be just the ticket. A chartreuse line or belly added to your favorite color crankbait can make it even better. In the fall you can add a little red to the tail to resemble that of a dying shad.
Next time you are looking to take your crankbait fishing to the next level, try these tips and you will put more fish in the boat. As always, tight lines and good fishing!