|Selecting Your Crankbait - Adam Hinkle|
Lets start with the Beatour M3. This crankbait is designed to be a search bait. I use it more as a rip bait than a crankbait.
The M3 is designed to be fished in 2-3 foot of water, and put off a lot of vibration to call fish in from a distance. The M3 is best used in clearer water where the fish are roaming around searching for a meal. Whether the fish are on a shallow flat ambushing bluegill and baitfish, or chasing baitfish to the surface from deep water, the M3 is going to get their attention with it’s flash, wobble and vibration.
Next is the Beatour M5. This bait does some stuff that I’ve never seen a tight wiggle crankbait do. This bait has a lip on it that deflects off of almost all cover that you bump it into. Sticks, rocks, stumps or cables, whatever you pull this crankbait into, it is just not easy to hang this thing up. I have had most of my success with the M5, throwing it on shallow flats with a lot of brush. What I noticed with this bait when throwing it in clear water and watching what it does, is that when you pause this bait, it actually backs up on the pause. While floating up slowly, it floats in reverse. I use this feature to my advantage when fishing it around small structure that I know is holding fish. If I am fishing it around brush, I will pull the crankbait into the brush, and stop it when I first make contact. The bait will then, on a slack-line, back up out of the brush the way it came in. I pause for a couple seconds, so the bait has a chance to float out of the brush, and then continue my retrieve. Doing this, you actually pull your bait through the primary structure that is holding your fish twice in one cast. Talk about keeping your bait in the strike zone longer! The M5 is a 5-6 foot diver so it is best fished on shallow flats, or on shallow riprap or trees.
The Beatour M7 is my favorite of the series. This bait deflects as well as the M5 does, and dives deeper. This bait gets down to 9 foot on a long cast and slow retrieve. I fish this bait on steeper rock banks, with as much structure as possible to bump the bait into. I fish it in the same places as I do the M5 as well. Sometimes you want to dig your bait into rocks and sand to kick up some silt and dust to draw some attention. While doing this, your bait is darting around all over the place on the bottom, looking either like it is trying to escape from a predator, or digging around on the bottom scavenging for something to eat. The M7 has the same feature that the M5 has when you pause it, in that it reverses on the pause. Something I didn’t mention about this feature before is that it is also a strike producing feature. This is something that swimbait fishermen have been using to their advantage with certain swimbaits that do a full 360 degree turn when either twitched or paused. Think about it, a bass is following your bait for a distance, just waiting for it to make the wrong move, so it has an easy shot at eating it. All of a sudden the bait stops and comes the other direction right into the fish’s face. Now the fish only has two choices, either open its mouth and inhale the bait, or turn away quickly because we all know that no bass likes to get bumped in the face with anything.
These are a few things that work for me and they may not work for everyone that reads this. I hope that everyone that reads this small series of articles picks something up that they aren’t already doing and uses it to their advantage. Remember, time on the water equals success, so get out there, make some casts, and find out what works for you
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