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I'm interested in finding some commonality in crankbaits used. What crankbait has proven itself as your "go to" crank over several years time? I'm not looking for the name of your sexy new toy but the crank you've continued to tie on and catch bass with even though you'd like to be throwing something else! How about dividing the models into three depths (<5", 5'-10'& >10'); best producing color; and which species of bass you most likely would be throwing it for.

I spend my time fishing smallmouth and my choices are:

<5" -- Bandit 100 in a baitfish color
5'-10' -- Storm Wiggle Wart, greenish/brown back with yellow/orange belly
>10' -- #9 Shad Rap (plastic suspending model), perch color (bright clear conditions) firetiger (dark conditions)


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Less than 5': Lucky Craft RC1.5
5-10': Spro little john MD
10'+: Bomber switchback shad

I use others, but if I only had to carry three crankbaits those would be the three. Certain bodies of water would change my selections as well.
 

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Wake baits are an interesting choice for <5' because, of course, they do run at less than 5', but I think of them as top water baits. I use the Subwart, Bandit wakebait and still regularly throw a Spence Scout. I guess that may be my peculiarity. Often I find top water and 2'-4' subsurface bites to be mutually exclusive.

Gregg... is the Risto Rap still manufactured?


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I use Norman N series, Strike King KVD square bills, and Strike King regular and XD series.

I focus on getting a bait that will run in the depth I need it to vs. what brand I'm throwing. I have found even subtle differences in running depth can produce different results. I don't claim to be a crankbait specialist but this has worked for me pretty well.
 

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Rapala DT-6 and DT-10 Brown or Red Crawdad.....My #1 Go-To Crank...caught more than any other crank in my 40 years of fishing
LC GDS Gerald Swindle Mini DR Mad Craw color(discontinued but I have a few still)...Does major damage to the bronze!!!
SK KVD 1.5 Bluegill...In the spring and at low light it's GAME OVER!!
 

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Norman (IMO) has been the staple of blue collar crankbaits for decades. They have models that cover all depths and come in a plethora of colors. Just a quick FYI, the Tiny N and Baby N series are smallmouth slayers!
 

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Norman (IMO) has been the staple of blue collar crankbaits for decades. They have models that cover all depths and come in a plethora of colors. Just a quick FYI, the Tiny N and Baby N series are smallmouth slayers!
Koppers has a nice silver shiner and golden shiner 6-7ft divers that are smallie killers as well. Nice, slim profile. I hafto say tho, this year the 4lb+ smallies have been slamming the LC D20's and the big largie's have been going after the smaller baits. Weird season.
 
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