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Swindle’s Theory on Why Gaudy Crankbait Colors Excel in Spring

It remains a mystery why bass show a preference for bright and unnatural lure colors over natural varieties during portions of the spring (namely prespawn). Gerald Swindle has logged thousands of hours crankbait fishing prespawn Tennessee River bass and shares his working theory on why bright colors often outperform.


While GMAN doesn’t have a fisheries science degree, he makes good use of common sense and observation — with thousands of crankbait fish catches to his credit, we’re going to take his word for it. Check out this comprehensive video on shallow cranking Tennessee River bass if you’re interested in applying this exciting and productive tactic this spring.