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.
Here are three really good reasons you need to start throwing a shallow-diving crankbait.
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.
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).
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.
With some being as heavy as a half ounce, you have plenty of weight to load up the rod on each cast.
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.
Plus monofilament isn’t as flimsy as braid, not getting hung up on the treble hooks.
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.
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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