Sinking crankbaits are baits that sink once casted. Countdown baits drop a foot a second, thus once you throw your bait and it hits the water, you count. The bait will sink about a foot a second. So if you wish to drop your bait to say 12 feet- count down to 12 seconds once your bait hits the water, roughly speaking before starting your retrieve. The size of line on your reel will effect this drop rate, so read the lure package to what the manufacturer details. Lighter weight line will cause the crankbait to drop faster vs. heavier pound test line will cause your bait to drop slower. Testing your baits ahead of time with the line you are fishing with will hone your depth approximation.
Sinking crankbaits are numero uno with fishing deep when the fish are hugging the bottom in deep water. When targeting fish at the 12-24’ depth, there is nothing better than this crankbait. Open water with wide open bottoms are the ideal.
Sink and Rip. The sink and rip technique is a sure fire presentation that will elicit more bites and big fish. Throw your sinking countdown crankbait and let it sink to the bottom and let the rod tip drop. Once you hit the bottom, rip the pole up and sideways, and then let the crankbait drop back to the bottom.
Repeat the process ripping the rod to the side and up the other direction mixing it up all the while reel in slowly. This will cause the bait to look erratic. Deep suspended small mouth bass or even muskie hanging in deep water that are not hitting anything else, will hit this bait fished this way.
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