In May and June, when the weed is shorter than later in the year, I fish almost exclusively with crankbaits. Not because it’s so effective, but because it’s a hell of a lot of fun!
Crankbaits are absolute classics and great search baits that you can fish easily and they are ideal to cover a lot of water in a short time. Just throw the crankbait into the water and move the lure quickly. If the fish does not take the bait, you should try slowing down. With speed changes and stops you can find out what the fish want. The bites often come after several identical casts to the same area.
Crankbaiting is very easy, I prefer so-called deep cranking or bottom bouncing, where the crankbait runs very deep and therefore has constant contact with the ground in shallower areas. The large plastic bill shields the hooks, so the risk of losing the bait is very low.
My favorite crankbait is the Rapala MaxRap Fat Shad, which was launched in 2014. In the meantime, it is no longer produced and is therefore very difficult to buy. With a size of 5 cm and a weight of 8 grams, the MaxRap Fat Shad runs amazingly deep (240-360 cm). My favorite color: Ayu!
My tackle when crankbaiting: Shimano Biomaster (1.90 m, 5-28 g), Shimano Stella 2500, Power Pro braided line and a Sufix Zippy Shockleader.
In the past few weeks I have been able to catch a lot of zander, perch and pike while crankbaiting. The early morning and late evening hours have been the best so far.
So if you want to have a bit of a change from fishing with softbaits, just take a crankbait out of your box. It’s a lot of fun!