Crankbait fishing is typically not the first thing that comes to mind on a slick calm, blazing hot summer day. However, Gerald Swindle proves us wrong with this 5-minute onslaught of catching offshore bass speed reeling a deep crankbait. Sit down for a few and watch GMAN put on a clinic with a technique that most people write off when the conditions get tough.
- CRANKBAIT – Rapala DT 20 Crankbait, Helsinki Shad
- LINE – Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon, 10-pound
- ROD – 13 Fishing Envy Black III Cranking Rod, 7’9″
- REEL – 13 Fishing Concept A2 Casting Reel, 6.8:1
- SUNGLASSES – Costa Del Mar Reefton
- HAT – Rapala® Snapback Trucker Cap Low – Left Logo
Swindle’s keys to success with this system are simple. A long rod that allows bomb casts to keep the bait in the strike zone, a light 10-pound fluorocarbon, a 6.8:1 reel, and an extra arm for when you get tired of winching your crankbait around. “Speed kills”, according to Swindle — there’s something about ripping a bait past a fish that consistently seems to trigger bites. He acknowledges that you’re probably not going to camp on a school and catch bass for hours on end with this technique, but it’s something to keep in mind during the summer heat.