Jon Barzacchini of Fishing the Midwest explains in full detail what you need to know about crankbait fishing.
Jon Barzacchini's YouTube Channel is an incredibly informative and entertaining resource for bass anglers. In this episode, Barzacchini breaks down some of the most common crankbaits into 3 categories of shallow diving/quarebill crankbaits, medium diving crankbaits, and semi-deep diving crankbaits.
However, universally, hooks and line are key factors to optimizing your success with crankbaits. Most manufacturers tend to skimp on the quality of stock hooks that come with the bait in the box. Barzacchini recommends upgrading with Gamakatsu EWG or Round Bend treble hooks. Having a pair of split ring pliers is key for changing hooks out. As for line, Barzacchini recommends Seaguar Flourocarbon. Another alternative flourocarbon line I'd recommend is Maxima Flourocarbon as well.
It's important to use a lighter rated flourocarbon with a low diameter in order for the crankbait to actually reach it's advertised depth. Something in the 10-12-pound range is sufficient for most applications. If you're using something like an inexpensive 20-pound monofilament, you're going to notice that a crankbait advertised to run at 10 feet might actually only reach two thirds of that depth, making it more difficult for you to put your presentation in front of the fish that you're targeting at a particular depth.
If you want to dive a little deeper (pun intended) into the specific styles and brands that he prefers, take a minute to watch the full-length video. If you want to keep up with Barzacchini's fishing adventures, check out his Fishing the Midwest Facebook Page or subscribe to his YouTube channel.
The set-up Barzacchini uses for fishing crankbaits is a Cousins Tackle Im8 703pt Shimano Aldebaran. If you're unfamiliar with Cousins rods, they're Made in the USA in Huntington Beach, California. They're also an official sponsor for the Coastal Conservation Association. The rod Barzacchini uses is a seven foot medium heavy, with a tip soft enough to work the bait so you can feel the structure of the bottom, but also enough backbone to drive the hooks home. He calls this rod his "MVP."
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