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How and When to Target Bass With “Hunting” Squarebill Crankbaits

Professional bass angler Edwin Evers believe in fishing FAST. It allows him to quickly contact bass and formulate a pattern, and a squarebill crankbait is among his favorite tools for the job. These 4-wheel drive lures excel in shallow water and are designed to come into contact with cover like rocks, wood, docks and grass; this initiates deflections that trigger reaction strikes like no other.

“Wandering” versions like the Megabass S-Crank have a build in hunting action that sends the bait zig-zagging back and forth in an unpredictable manner very similar to the action generated by contacting cover. This opens up the application window of squarebills – baits like the S-Crank excel in open water as well as around all varieties of cover.

Edwin discusses how to select the proper crankbait size and color, as well as equipment for this power fishing technique. He also stresses the importance of not overlooking their utility on grass lakes where bass aren’t conditioned to them. They often outproduce spinnerbaits and bladed jigs when fished just above or barely coming into contact with the grass.