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To search water quickly one of the most effective baits there is and probably one of the most misunderstood is the crankbait. At times merely casting the crankbait as far as you can and reeling it back will catch fish. This might a blessing or a curse. So folks view this as the best way to catch fish and while it will work sometimes it can create a false sense of security
When it comes to color there are essentially three criteria I follow. In clear water, with no clouds and very little breeze you’ll find a bone color or shades of white bait tied to my line. In water that has some color, slightly stained, a few clouds and a small ripple on the surface, try a natural crawfish colored pattern. Finally for muddy water, dark skies and a serious chop from high winds on the surface use a fire tiger (chartreuse, black back and bright colored belly) pattern. Gamefish feed by sight these three color patterns are the ones that will day in day out produce fish and the appropriate conditions.
Another secret consideration about cranking lures, early on they were made mostly of wood and with the advent and improvement of plastics fisherman were eager to make baits that were tougher, maintained their colors and more durable. Both materials, wood or plastic, catch fish but definitely do have different physical properties. Wood will give a more year round stable, consistent performance. Plastic cranks are molded with an air chamber which is just part of the manufacturing process. This creates an interesting performance characteristic, plastic because of the air in the hollow body will react differently, dive deeper in cool water rise higher and faster in warmer water, (based off the theory the warm air trapped inside the hollow body causes it to rise).
Arm yourself with a few colors, different diving depths; try a rod 6 ½ feet long, that has a limber tip, a reel spooled with 12-14 pound test for a more effective hooking set up. Cast into cover and work contour changes and be ready for kayak cranky bass.