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What kind of water depths,etc would I use a 3/4oz lipless crankbait in? Deeper water? Would I also get bigger bass on it?

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Ideally deep water. You can use it in shallow water but you're going to have to burn it or jig it. No telling what size bass it will catch. Could be anything from under a pound to double digits. Bass are aggressive and will eat anything they think will fit in their mouth. My Illinois PB of 7lbs was caught on a 3/16oz spinnerbait with no trailer. I was fishing a place known for numbers, not big bass. Definitely wasn't targeting that type of beast. My 2nd biggest came off a 4 inch Senko in a similar situation. I've also caught bass on crankbaits that would have died had they actually tried to eat a real thing that big, and bass on plastic worms that are the length of the fish itself. 

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I'd say 4ft and deeper would be best. They sink pretty quickly so you'll need a second or so to start reeling in. You can fish them deeper by just counting down and reeling slower. Dang things like to get snagged from time to time on brush, trees, etc. so I use 30lb braid with no leader. Most of the time I can just pull them out. Once I pulled up a 15ft or so tree they had cut down before they raised the lake level.

 

As far as what can you catch with it? Anything from a dink to a DD or possibly a new world record. Right place, right time, right conditions.....Limitless possibilities. I caught a carp on one last year. I've caught dinks that are probably just twice the size of the lipless before. 

 

Today I caught my new PB of 7.02 lbs on a 1/2 oz lipless crankbait in 12 ft or so of water.

 

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Some brands make a 3/4 or 7/8 oz trap that is a smaller profile than the standard 1/2 ounce. I think the Rapala Rippin Rap has one that is 7/8 and casts a mile, not much bigger than a 1/2 so you can fish it in alot of same places.

 

Just sinks quicker. They are certainly not too big, the Red Eye shad in 3/4 is a good size lure but small bass kill it. I like a heavier lure when fishing more "open" Water so I can cover areas quicker. I think the Spro is 5/8 and not all that big. I use the bigger spro all the time and it can fish like a 1/2 oz.

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I fish with 3/4 oz. traps in 6 ft. of water where I fish the 1/2 oz. traps.  In the spring and the fall sometimes the bass want bigger baits. 

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You can fish a 3/4oz in shallow water just like you can fish a 3/4oz jig in shallow water. They're not much bigger than a 1/2oz trap, so you likely won't see much difference in the size fish you catch on them. 

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Exactly why I like the SPRO Aruku Shad.  Sits on the bottom nose down - tail up and helps from dredging the bottom.  

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You can use a 3/4 ounce lipless crankbait in shallow water just be careful not to get snagged on the bottom or other stuff. Good choice if you are looking for a bigger bite compared to smaller lipless crankbaits.

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Even in warmer water conditions where the bass are very active, you could throw those bigger lipless cranks in shallow and rip them to create those reaction strikes. Worked very well for me last year ripping baits through the shallow waters in the summer time.

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I like the Berkley Warpig for it's blunt nose design. It's almost like fishing a squarebill the way it bounces off of cover. I like to fish it deep but it is effective due to it's design in shallow water as well.

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13 minutes ago, NYWayfarer said:

I like the Berkley Warpig for it's blunt nose design. It's almost like fishing a squarebill the way it bounces off of cover. I like to fish it deep but it is effective due to it's design in shallow water as well.

Caught my biggest bass last year on a warpig. 5.8 lbs post spawn as she was skinny.  She's probably 8-9 lbs currently.

 

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6 minutes ago, kenmitch said:

Caught my biggest bass last year on a warpig. 5.8 lbs post spawn as she was skinny.  She's probably 8-9 lbs currently.

 

If you are interested they are on sale now at BPS for $4.68

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49 minutes ago, NYWayfarer said:

If you are interested they are on sale now at BPS for $4.68

Already have a couple in my cart. I'm still debating on what else I'm going to order. 

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There’s lots of great advice in the forums but I feel like the library here is way under utilized. Here’s a good read all you need to know:

https://www.bassresource.com/fishing/lipless-crankbait-1.html

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On ‎2‎/‎26‎/‎2019 at 5:46 PM, Jonny15678 said:

What kind of water depths,etc would I use a 3/4oz lipless crankbait in? Deeper water? Would I also get bigger bass on it?

*Might be better to start with 1/2 oz. size and don't over look the 1/4 oz. size either .

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I use 3/4 oz lipless in about 3 ft of water - bank fishing in ponds.  

 

On the good side: I can cast so far I wind up covering a huge amount of water per cast.

One the negative side: I have to burn that guy big time or it will get buried in muck.  :devil3:

Not recommended if you don't know exactly where the snags are first: but if you do get bit - it will be one of the bigger bass in the pond and they will hit it like a freight train.

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I have a couple and rarely use them . When I do its in twenty  to twenty-five foot of water and I have not been successful with them .Maybe this year I'll connect with some fish . 

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