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Three Reasons I Love Shallow Crankbaits to Catch Redfish

Shallow-diving crankbaits are a great redfish lure and this is why I love them!

Anglers pride themselves on being successful with lures no one else uses.

It’s a way to stand out but mostly to catch fish when conventional methods fail.

One such lure is a shallow-diving crankbait.

In fact, that is what I resorted to when I observed redfish turning down a charteuse spinnerbait on my January 6th fishing trip, targeting dead-end canals for winter redfish.

Why Redfish Love Shallow Crankbaits

Here are three really good reasons you need to start throwing a shallow-diving crankbait.

Something Different

This is an action redfish rarely see.

They’re used to popping corks, gold spoons and spinnerbaits, but something wig-wagging and bumping into cover is new to most, making them more likely to bite.

Crankbaits Float

A shallow-diving crankbait will float to the surface when you stop retrieving, making it easier to get unsnagged from tree limbs (“wood in the winter”) or create a different presentation altogether.

For example, reeling slower causes the crankbait to run shallower.

Run shallow enough and you’ll create a “waking” effect that grabs the attention of predator fish like reds (or bass).

Easy to Cast

The compact, streamlined shape makes these baits easy to cast.

Rigs like a popping cork catch a lot of air and are tough to cast far and accurately.

Even spinnerbaits slow down from the drag their blades and skirts create during a cast.

But a little crankbait zings through the air like a rock. 

With some being as heavy as a half ounce, you have plenty of weight to load up the rod on each cast.

What rod/reel combo do I use?

I prefer a medium power, fast action rod that is 6’6″ to 6’9″ and 12-15lb test monofilament.

If I am around heavier cover I will up the rod to a medium-heavy power, moderate fast action.

I do not use braid because it casts like crap and has no stretch.

It’s good to have some stretch with those treble hooks and when the bill deflects off cover like dock pilings and oysters.  

Plus monofilament isn’t as flimsy as braid, not getting hung up on the treble hooks.

What are some of my favorite shallow crankbaits?

I really like the Mann’s Baby 1 Minus for water 3ft or less.

If I’m in deeper water, no more than 5 ft, I will try a KVD 1.0 Square Bill since it dives two to four feet deep.

Strike King KVD 1.0 Squarebill

About the Author Devin Denman

Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.

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  • Letrout says:

    Very informative

  • Devin Denman says:

    I’m glad you think so.

    Thanks for commenting!

  • David says:

    So what is the LA FB 201 about? What exactly are you teaching what are you covering? Is it just your fishing trips? Is this just a weekly article of random fishing? Is this targeted to specs and reds only? How are you teaching? What is LA Elite?

  • Devin Denman says:

    Hey David, thanks for commenting!

    To answer your questions….

    You can have your questions answered about Inshore Fishing 201 here:

    And your questions about LAFB Elite can be answered here:

    Thank you, and don’t hesitate to let me know if I can answer anything else for you.

  • cliff duet says:

    always very spot on, vet on s/s will sign up on next check.
    cliff duet

  • Devin Denman says:

    Thanks for your support, Cliff!

  • Dennis G Robbins says:

    What’s your top 3 go to set ups for reds and trout ? Colors ?

  • Devin Denman says:

    Dennis, I appreciate you commenting!

    What you’ve asked is a set of very broad questions covering a very wide horizon, so please bear with me here.

    First off, I don’t have a “top three”, because there are so many different kinds of rods and reels that can pair with one another, plus so many different kinds of fishing line that there are virtually endless combinations to serve ever niche need of inshore anglers.

    I’ll tell you that if I were stuck with one rod for an entire fishing trip for specks or reds, it’d be this one:

    I use casting tackle more than anything these days, so I’d make sure I knew this before selecting a casting reel:

    This is my favorite jigging combo:

    Hope that helps, thanks Dennis.

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