Small shallow crankbait

shallow crankbait

I’ve learned that you can have a bunch of fun pitching a small, shallow-running crankbait around boat docks. Every boater I have ever fished behind has fished boat docks for at least 5 hours per day. I don’t know what it is about those dang things, but they’re magnets for a tournament angler around here.

While those dock bass get throttled with pressure from traditional bottom-contact presentations, they don’t see crankbaits very much; especially smaller ones. While your boater skips and pitches to his heart’s content, go right behind him and burn a small plug around the edges of every boat dock. This is a great way to catch a giant.

Repeated casts are very important with this technique and I really think the key is simply ticking the bass off enough to make it swat at your crankbait. Because your boater will probably be fishing something slower, you should have plenty of time to make three or four casts down each side of the dock before moving on.

As your boater moves to the next dock, remember to make a cast behind the boat parallel with the front of the previous boat dock. I’ve noticed that when fishing boat docks, most guys start reeling their jigs or Texas rigs up before they even reach the front posts, so those fish haven’t really had a bait presented to them. This is a great way for a few bonus fish throughout the day.

Gear recommendation: For my small crankbaits, I routinely use something like a 1.0 Strike King KVD Squarebill or a SPRO Little John 50. I stick with either bluegill, perch or shad colors. I’ll rig them on a 7-foot, medium-action casting rod with 12-pound fluorocarbon.