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How to tie a crankbait – Easy Tackle Guide

Tying a crankbait is one of the easiest things to do on earth, it barely takes a few seconds to tie a crankbait that won’t slip underwater while fighting with a fish. And these article is all about trying a crankbait effectively and last but not least, we will also cover a few other basic things regarding crankbaits!

Crankbait is one of the most famous and diversified lures to any fisherman. Especially for bass fisherman, it’s the must-have lure to keep in tackle box! The reason is very simple when every lures fail, it’s time to put crankbait on the scene!

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Did you know???

The length, overall size, and shape of a crankbait’s lip will determine the depth to which it can dive when retrieved!

How to tie a crankbait

Anyone can tie a crankbait after a few minutes of study, but does that effective enough underwater? Does that help to hook a fish and get it out of water? Yes, folks, that’s all it matters!

The most heartbreaking feelings for bass fishing is losing the fish after hooked! Now that can happen for a couple of reasons, but the main reason is a failed knot! So there’s no alternative of tying a strong knot and tie it properly. Down below, here are some strong and effective knots to tie a crankbait.

Tying 3 best knots for crankbaits

Uni knot (Best knot for beginners): it’s the knot strongly recommended for most of the people including a full beginner angler. I’m suggesting this because it’s-

  • Stronger
  • Reliable
  • Very easy to tie

Here are 5 simple steps to perform a Uni Knot.

  1. Begin the process with putting the end of the line into the hook eye
  2. Then turn the end of the line back towards the eye and form a loop, at this point pinch both strands and the crossing strands with one hand.
  3. Now use your free hand and start wrapping the tag end around both strands of line and through the loop (the more wraps the better).
  4. Then pull the tag end until the wraps come together forming an adjustable loop.
  5. The final part is, pull the main line to slide the knot down to the eye of the hook.

And there you go, your crankbait is ready to rock underwater! I know, it’s not possible to perform even such an easy knot by reading this, so here’s a video about uni knot.

Rapala knot (best for lures that wobbles or vibrates): some crankbaits like lipped crankbaits wobbles or vibrates a lot underwater which is there main functionality. The more they vibrate, more the fish will be attracted to them. Rapala knot is the kind of knot which creates more room to vibrate the crankbait and which means more bites! So effective one folks.

Here are 5 simple steps to perform a Rapala knot.

  1. At the very first, pick the line and perform a simple overhand knot, make sure to keep some room for the tag line (A couple of inches will be alright)
  2. Now take your tag end and put it through the split rings
  3. Now put the tag line through the loop you made earlier and wrap it around the main line 4-7 times while pinching the loop to keep it steady
  4. Then take the tag end and put it back through the loop you made, pull the main line and tag end simultaneously
  5. You can see that the loop will stop the knot from sliding further, also there will enough loop which will provide a vibrating space for crankbaits

And there you go, your Rapala knot is done. Don’t forget to cut the extra tag end.

Non- slip loop knot (best for fishing into weeds/seagrass): when you are into a situation where you’re fishing into lots of seagrass or weeds or topwater fishing, a non-slip knot comes handy. As you know, we have to deal with this often in bass fishing cause they love to stay in nastiest covers with a lot of seaweeds or vegetations.

The reason it’s the best match for the situation is the tag end faces towards the lure so that no debris will snag with the line. If the tag end faces upwards or to the mainline, it’s irritating to fish in nasty cover areas. Also, the knot is

  • So easy to tie
  • Has a strong breaking strength
  • No weed snagging problem

Now let’s have a look to the simple 5 steps to tying a non-slip loop knot.

  1. Make a simple overhand loop
  2. Now pull the tag end of the line through the eye of the lure
  3. Next, pull your tag end through the downward side of your overhand loop and make 3-4 wraps* firmly with the tag end around the main line
  4. Pull the tag end back through the loop
  5. Finally, apply some water to make the knot wet, let go of the tag end and pull the main line tight to cinch the knot. And don’t forget to cut the tag end!

Now the snagging problem is gone! Fish as much as you want using crankbaits without any hassle.

*N.B: 5 turns for 8 to 12-pound test, 4 turns for 15 to 40-pound test

Few more common knots you can use

More about crankbaits

If you don’t know let me tell you, these famous artificial lures are named crankbaits because they have this diving lips and when thrown out to water they floats until the reel crank is turned. Turning the reel crank will put them in action which is why they called crankbaits.

Not only it’s easy to use, crankbaits are one of the most diversifying and effective artificial lures. Especially for bass fishing, it’s a killer lure that can help landing handful of largemouth bass. Feel free to check out this article on Best Bass Fishing Rod and Reel for Beginners where you will find some of the finest rod and reels for bass fishing with useful tips.

Types of crankbaits

Floating/Diving Crankbaits (a.k.a. “Lipped”)- with a lip for floating, these diving crankbaits are so useful when you are fishing for heavy covers. Lipped crankbaits vary greatly in their buoyancy, meaning that they either naturally float or sink when they are at rest in the water.

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Lipless Crankbaits- likewise the name, lipless crankbaits doesn’t have any diving lip and rely on gravity to sink to their desired running depth. It produces a vibration underwater and the faster the retrieve, the stronger the vibration.

Minnow Crankbaits- want a more versatile crankbait? Try the minnow crankbaits. As I said, these are extremely versatile bait and has a vast number of uses. You can apply them as cranked, twitched, trolled, suspended, or fished top-water to produce strikes.

Typically they show up with a long slender profile, tiny diving lip, and slow rolling swimming action. Note that, it’s not capable of running to deeper depths.

As it is a most used bait and gained its popularity, there are tons of crankbaits with various modification. The best way to learn about them is to fish with them. Once you learn to use the appropriate crankbait for the right situation, no wonder you will get countless bites!


Wrap up

I hope now you know how to tie a crankbait. We tried to share our fishing knowledge as much as we can. Now pick a rod and reel and go for some fun fishing with some crankbaits in the tackle box. Wishing you a fishy luck! 😉

If you have any tips folks, please feel free to share below in the comment section, we are always eager to learn more and more about fishing! Till then, Happy fishing, folks!

Nicholi Wyto

Hey I'm Nicholi Wyto is a professional sports fisherman and hunter, love to enjoy spending time in Michigan’s rugged northern forests. I love to explore my experience and help others who are interested in fishing and hunting.

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