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How Do You Cast Small Light Crankbaits Far??


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#1 Wammiee

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Posted April 11 2011 - 08:09 PM

I realize for most light lures you can have a heavier jighead hook, but for crankbaits that are real small and lightweight how do you add distance to your cast on them? Maybe its just my rod is too small lightweight currently...

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Posted April 11 2011 - 08:25 PM

Depending on how light, try a lighter # line. You could maybe even tie a swivel about a foot up and that will give you alittle extra weight. That will change the action of the lure though. If it floats the swivel will suspend the lure a bit.

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Posted April 11 2011 - 08:33 PM

If you are talking cranks under 2" long and under 1/4 oz in weight, you're in light to ultralight territory. My ul rod is 6' 8" and whips those types of baits very far. A soft tip helps with loading the bait.

Your choice of line plays a big part also. I use 10 lb braid (4 lb mono dia. equivalent) and a mono leader. Most will tell you braid is a no no for cranks, but I have had no trouble hooking up with this setup. I think the rod plays a bigger part than the line, but I can't prove it, it just works for me. I can get a Strike King Bitsy Pond Minnow out there pretty far and that's one of the smaller cranks out there, although it's no Yo Zuri Snap Bean. Now that's a tiny crank.
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Posted April 11 2011 - 08:45 PM

If you are talking cranks under 2" long and under 1/4 oz in weight, you're in light to ultralight territory. My ul rod is 6' 8" and whips those types of baits very far. A soft tip helps with loading the bait.

Your choice of line plays a big part also. I use 10 lb braid (4 lb mono dia. equivalent) and a mono leader. Most will tell you braid is a no no for cranks, but I have had no trouble hooking up with this setup. I think the rod plays a bigger part than the line, but I can't prove it, it just works for me. I can get a Strike King Bitsy Pond Minnow out there pretty far and that's one of the smaller cranks out there, although it's no Yo Zuri Snap Bean. Now that's a tiny crank.


I just bought a SK Bitsy Minnow. Just for giggles I tried it with my baitcaster & 7'MF rod I get around 40'. One thing though he package may say its 1/8oz but I weighed it on 2 digital scales and its only 1/12oz. I have some crappie poles better suited for this size & spinning reels. I most likely will use my Shimano Stradic1000 and 8'MedLt Mod St Croix Avid rod that will get good distance for this lure.

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Posted April 11 2011 - 10:12 PM

I use spinning tackle for cranks and poppers that are 1/4 oz and under. A 7' medium power baitcasting cranking stick with light line like 8# CXX will do a decent job, but not as good as spinning tackle.

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Posted April 12 2011 - 06:28 AM

If you are talking cranks under 2" long and under 1/4 oz in weight, you're in light to ultralight territory. My ul rod is 6' 8" and whips those types of baits very far. A soft tip helps with loading the bait.

Your choice of line plays a big part also. I use 10 lb braid (4 lb mono dia. equivalent) and a mono leader. Most will tell you braid is a no no for cranks, but I have had no trouble hooking up with this setup. I think the rod plays a bigger part than the line, but I can't prove it, it just works for me. I can get a Strike King Bitsy Pond Minnow out there pretty far and that's one of the smaller cranks out there, although it's no Yo Zuri Snap Bean. Now that's a tiny crank.



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Posted April 12 2011 - 07:46 AM

It's the combination of the rod, line, and reel. You need a rod that will load with the weight of the bait you want to use, line appropriate to rod and bait, then a reel that can handle the line.

When the weight of the crankbait gets down to about 1/4oz, I've got several light or medium-light power BC rods that I use. I've got a couple of BPS Crankin'Sticks in ML that work great in this case. I go down as low as 6lb line on the ML rods and use a bc reel that can handle the 6lb line (BPS Prolite).

Get much below 1/4 or 3/16 and I'd probably switch to spinning gear with 6lb (perhaps 4lb) line.
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Posted April 12 2011 - 09:08 AM

Carolina rig them

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Posted April 12 2011 - 10:10 AM

I use mini cranks all the time. I have the Bass Pro Tourney Special Micro Light Mini Crankbaits that are 1 3/8" and are only 1/6 oz. I use an Abu Garcia Stamina SE 5'6" UL rod with 6lb test. I think the light line and the ultralight rod work great for the small cranks! Plus when a bass grabs them, it puts up one heck of a fight.
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Posted April 12 2011 - 12:02 PM

Need to use that Roland Martin Lure Launching Rod... :blink:

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Posted April 12 2011 - 08:40 PM

With the wind. :rolleyes:
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Posted April 13 2011 - 09:00 AM

Buy a 50e.... ;)
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Posted April 13 2011 - 10:28 AM

If I want more distance on a crankbait besides doing some tinkering just add a worm sinker up your line then tie to the lure. The weight when you pull the lure shouldn't mess with the lures action much or you can change out the back hook to a heavier weighted hook which also works.

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Posted April 13 2011 - 02:04 PM

I try to find crankbaits that weigh a 1/2oz but are only 2" long.

Xcalibur makes a Square bill that is 1/2 oz but tiny profile 2" crank.

Casts a mile but looks tiny.

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Posted April 14 2011 - 06:14 AM

I throw bandit 200's a mile with a lamiglas excel 703ml with a revo S and 10# CXX
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