Deep Diving crankbaits are big and heavy and have 3 to 5 inch bill lengths. Choose a fluorocarbon 12 to 15 lb. weight line in that it sinks and cuts through water. Throw the bait far and drop your rod tip and keep it down improving the angle of the retrieve. Select rattle baits and quiet ones. Sometimes a school may scatter and spook to a loud bait. I like fishing a silent runner and cover water to find the school suspending over structure, then switch over to a rattle if not producing.
Just like fishing shallow, the same rules apply going deep. Try to tick the bottom and if you can and bounce off the deep structure with a slow the retrieve. Many fish are not in a hurry, so slow it down. Select a parabolic bend heavy casting rod that can handle the pressure but still allow you to cast the crankbait far. A real low gear ratio reel 5:1 can really pay dividends here. If you don’t have one, really focus on slowing down the retrieve of the reel you are using and mind your hook set. Use the reel to hook set by reeling fast with a firm but steady raise of the rod when the strike occurs. It is real easy to throw a hook on a large bucket mouth when he shakes his head and there is a tendency to jerk the bait out of the mouth when the strike does happen with a hard hook set.
Remember too that most fisherman don’t take cranks deep and when you do happen upon a school, there is a large likelihood none of these fish have ever seen a crankbait. Deep Diving Crankbaits can be wicked and deadly effective when fishing dead summer or early fall when fish tend to be suspending deep.
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