Gear details

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Crews throws all of his crankbaits on a 7-foot medium heavy Cashion Squarebill Rod with a 6.3:1 Daiwa Tatula reel. His line choice is 10- to 16-pound Sunline Crank FC because the XPlasma coating comes over cover better than other lines.

For fall cranking, Crews sticks to three styles of shad type colors – shiny (chrome), pale/translucent (cellmate) or bright (chartreuse). With any of these choices, he’ll often have silent and rattle versions handy.

“I’ve seen where rattles can make a huge difference,” Crews said. “That makes a bait stand out from hordes of fall baitfish.”