What makes a fishing lure dive?


Similar to ‘action’, the diving ability of a Predatek fishing lure is mainly determined by the shape, size and angle of attack of the plastic bib and the relative position of the tow-point (the eyelet or steel plate to which the fishing line is attached). Other factors do, however, come into play.

How do you know if a lure is deep diving?

Generally, you can get an idea of how deep they will run by looking at the plastic lips on the front of the bait. Long lips generally mean deep-diving while shorter lips mean shallower.

What makes a lure swim?

The lure’s bib creates resistance against the water when the lure is being retrieved or trolled. Through a combination of physics and design, the bib attempts to reduce the resistance. The shape of the bib is the main thing that influences the action of a lure.

What makes a lure wobble?

The wider the bill is on a crankbait, the wider wobble it will produce. This wider action is more ideal post-spawn and when water is warm and fish are active. Thinner bills produce a tighter, more compact wobble. This makes them more popular in colder water or when you need a more finesse presentation.

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How do you control depth of lure?

There are two ways you can determine the exact depth/lure/speed relationship of a specific rig. The first is to deploy it to a specific distance, then troll up a gradual shelf or edge until it starts dragging bottom. Note the depth, and try to crank it in before it snags.

How do you know if a lure is deep diving?

Generally, you can get an idea of how deep they will run by looking at the plastic lips on the front of the bait. Long lips generally mean deep-diving while shorter lips mean shallower.

How deep do fishing lures go?

Most crankbaits will dive 3 feet and deeper, fishing low water can easily get you snagged on vegetation, branches or rocks. It’s not impossible to fish low water locations with a crankbait, though a floating crankbait would be your best choice.

Does trolling speed affect lure depth?

The slower these devices are trolled, the deeper they run. In the same token, the faster these devices are trolled, the higher in the water column they run. So in the case of sinking devices, trolling speed is critically important to controlling the ultimate depth these devices achieve.

How do lures work?

A fishing lure is a broad type of artificial fishing baits used in angling that are designed to mimic prey animal and attract the attention of predatory fish, using appearances, movements, vibrations, bright reflections and flashy colors to appeal to the fish’s predation instinct and entice it into striking.

Are you supposed to bait a lure?

They consist of a weighted head and a tail made of feathers or plastic, which is used to conceal a hook. Often a piece of live bait or oil-based scent will be attached to the hook to make the lure even more enticing, though this isn’t strictly necessary.

Is a crankbait a swimbait?

A swimbait allows you to fish a small bait deep while also keeping a lower profile. With crankbaits, you traditionally make a long cast and crank it back to the maximum depth to hopefully tick the bottom. With the swimbait, you can fish different water columns just by how much you let the bait sink.

Do you need a weight with a lure?

There are several reasons why you might need to add weight to your lure or get your hands on a fishing sinker: Weights enhance your lure’s anchoring ability. You can cast your line to greater distances with sinkers. It reinforces the sinking rate and ability of your lure and line.

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Do crankbaits have to hit bottom?

The accepted truth is that you should run a crankbait into the bottom, a boulder, a stump or some other object. This makes the bait ricochet, rebound or do something that disrupts its steady, wiggling rhythm. It is beyond question that an abrupt change in a crankbait’s action triggers reflex strikes from bass.

Why do crankbaits have lips?

A lip on a crankbait can also act as a deflector that aids in keep the hooks from snagging in cover like tree limbs or stumps. The lip will hit something and kick the bait out and around the piece of cover. So you can fish lipped crankbaits through wood cover without getting them snagged even with their treble hooks.

How do you know how deep you are fishing?

Attach a float to your line and a weight where you would normally put the hook. Let it sink and the bobber will give you an idea of how deep the water is. If it’s too deep, it will pull the bobber under and you will need to put more line between the float and the weight.

How do you retrieve deep dive crankbaits?

Deep-diving crankbaits can be worked effectively with a variety of retrieves. The whole key to using the lure is getting it down on the bottom. Vary the speed of your presentation by steadily reeling the lure until it hits bottom, then slowly grind it along the lake’s floor.

How deep does a lipless crankbait dive?

Do crankbaits have to hit bottom?

The accepted truth is that you should run a crankbait into the bottom, a boulder, a stump or some other object. This makes the bait ricochet, rebound or do something that disrupts its steady, wiggling rhythm. It is beyond question that an abrupt change in a crankbait’s action triggers reflex strikes from bass.

How do you know if a lure is deep diving?

Generally, you can get an idea of how deep they will run by looking at the plastic lips on the front of the bait. Long lips generally mean deep-diving while shorter lips mean shallower.

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When should you throw a crankbait?

Crankbaits work best in the spring, summer, and fall, except during the few weeks a year fish are spawning. Use medium-diving crankbaits when waters are about 50-60 degrees. As the season moves along and the fish start moving from the banks toward deeper waters, use a shad-colored crankbait.

How fast do you troll with a Rapala?

“We troll at two miles-per-hour and all we catch is white bass and sheephead,” Holst explains. “We throw a little speed at these fish, and all we catch is walleyes.”

When should I use a crankbait?

You should be prepared for deep dive crankbaits during the summer fishing to catch fish. You may catch crappie during Summer in shallow water using crankbait as well, but the fall is most productive.

How far behind the boat should you troll?

How much line should you let out when trolling?

A surface lure in the center of the spread is likely close to the boat and only requires about 25-30 feet of line let out. A spoon lowered with a downrigger for a long bottom line may require hundreds of feet. Read more below to learn how to estimate how much line to let out for a troll.

How do you know how much line out when trolling?

So how can one really tell how much line is let out? This is simple. One simply counts the number of “pulls” one does. A pull is done by grabbing the line by the reel and pulling out line until you reach the first guide.

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