You should be throwing red crank baits this spring.

Posted by Admin on Feb 10th 2020

You should be throwing red crank baits this spring.

Everyone should own some red baits for spring bass fishing!

Although you can actually fish red all year long, there is a special time in the early spring when the bass get really

excited about eating red lures. Crawdads are high in protein and very good food for female bass who are trying to fatten up before they spawn.

We have a wide variety of different red patterns. There are some that are almost all red, and other that have just a little patch of red for a target. Crawdads don't even have to be in the red phase for a red bait to be effective, it's not always a match the hatch thing as much as just something makes bass feed on red in the spring. I've done a lot of research and the experts seem to be all over the place on why this is, but the fact is bass love red in the spring.

We offer a 3 punch combination with our M9-OK Squarebill for the 1-6 foot range, the A10 Crevice Critter medium diver for that 2-8 feet range, and then the M9D-OK Medium diver for the 6-10 foot range. A few baits in red colors mixed between these models will give you a good chance at catching those bass as they start to move up in late winter and make their way throughout spring until finally spawning, and then you can also catch them in a lot of the same staging points as they move back out.

Bass start to want to move up as the water starts to warm, a good warming trend even when it's cold can bring hungry fish up shallow enough to be caught on any of these baits even in the winter. As the water temperatures start to get near 50 degrees and above you'll find fish starting to stage and move from their main lake haunts to staging areas such as secondary points, channel swings, docks, ledges and other temporary homes that they use as they make their way back from the wintering areas towards the spawning areas.

Colors like Eli's Bug have just a little red and can be more effective sometimes in really clear water, but you'd be surprised how often bass will eat a really bright red lure in very clear water too. If you're fishing stained to muddy water you'll want to find brighter red patterns that are very bright red, and may even have chartreuse as part of the color for an even brighter presentation.

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