Ethan and Sean 1v1 3.29.16


Sean and Ethan go head to head at a small pond in Chandler, AZ using predetermined lures.

How to capitalize on Lipless Crankbaits



Lipless Crankbaits are something the new anglers often try and give up on. A lot of people will try them by fishing them the same way they would throw a mod-depth/squarebill. Fishing with these lipless cranks is more of a finesse technique than just a cast and crank technique. What makes them different is their action. All crankbaits offer some degree of “Wobble”, which in turn, changes the flash that the presentation gives off. Another point is that most other crankbaits float. Lipless crankbaits sink, and they usualyl sink quickly. The sinking aspect of this lure is the key part. Now as far as the technique goes, sure you can just fish it with a straight retrieve but the most productive way to present this lure is with a “Yo-Yo” technique. Simply cast and lift the rod tip up, dip it down, reel in the slack, repeat. When you raise your rod up, its pulling tension on the line and bringing the lure up in the water column. While the lure moves up, its going to shake (and often rattle). This is what will get the fish’s attention. They will approach it with interest and when the lure drops, the fish reacts. I personally like to twitch the rod a lot as I am raising it to give it a more erratic action. Also, don’t be afraid to let the lure hit the bottom or pull it through grass as this can also trigger a strike. You can fish lipless crankbaits and pretty much any speed. They can also be productive at any time of year.


Good luck out there!



Crankbaits…..let’s see… you have lipless, square-bill, deep-diving, and the list goes on. So when should you be throwing a certain type of crankbait? Well the first thing I like to look for is the terrain that I am fishing in. Here are some of the conditions I look for when I decide to throw them.



When the fish are coming up shallow you should throw lipless crankbaits out there. Which means typically spring or fall is when this technique will thrive. You will want to make sure that you are carrying around a red lipless because they will make the perfect craw imitation that the bass cannot control themselves during those times of the year, but obviously pay attention to what type of forage is at your lake and throw out those imitations as well. The lipless is a great choice to throw into grassy areas; just make sure you are just trickling the top of the grass. Don’t get discouraged if you feel the bait getting hung up, because when you twitch your bait of off the grass it will often trigger a bite from the fish lurking in the area. You can also throw them into deeper waters with more of a “yo-yoing” technique. This will help you catch some of the lethargic bass if they are not chasing during other times of the year.

Deep Divingdownload

Well one thing is obvious, you want to cast deep diving crankbaits when you are trying to reach deeper waters. However, that is not the only time you want to throw them out. Put yourself in a scenario where you are not casting too far, but the fish are at the bottom. You want to get to the bottom as fast as possible with a crankbait. This would be the perfect time to throw them. It hits the bottom quickly within little distance. They do not have same versatility as a lipless but can be very effective in certain situations.


Square Bill


Square billed cranks are best used in rocky areas. In other words, they do a great job deflecting off of objects underwater. They also have more of a sporadic action to them versus normal crankbaits. They look like a panicked fish and that will catch the basses attention and it will start chasing your lure. Generally you want to use these baits the most in early spring and in more shallow conditions since most square-bills don’t dive too deep.


Well, those are the three types of crankbaits I like to use during specific circumstances! For other methods and techniques check out the links below! As always, tight lines!

Crankbaits with KVD

Crankbait Basics