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I'm in VA fishing the upper Potomac and use only two cranks all day long.  The water is too fast IMO for tubes, so I use only crankbaits and inline spinners.  First crank is a Rapala suspending glass shad, the color is black with tiny gold dots.  The second is the BPS premium line of cranks (the packaging looks like Lucky Craft, but it is the BPS knock off...), color is splatter-back.  Both rake the fish in, and both are $6 or a little less.  

BTW the spinner I use is the Mepps Black Fury #3 or #4 w/red dots.

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Over the years the most productive crankbait for me has been the Rapala Shad Rap, deep or shallow divers depending on water depth, in shad color. Another is the jointed Shad Rap in red crawdad.

This year I tried the new colors, bleeding olive flash and bleeding pearl with decent success.

Falcon

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#1 color is crayfish in the river.

Top 5 baits: Bandit 100, Mann's baby 1-, Luhr Jensen Klawdad, 1/4oz plastic big O, and LC RC 1.5 (#1 crankbait this year so far).

Allen

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I'm in central VA and fish tidal waters like the James and Pamunkey rivers for smallies, my top producing cranks are...

1. Bandit 200 series, Rootbeer

2. Bandit 100 and 200 series, taco salad

3. Bagley Kill'r B, brown craw

4. LC GDS mini DR, chart. shad

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kb here in indiana

#1 bandit 100 series in firetiger

#2

c.c big o's firetiger, crawdad color 1/3oz

i change all hooks    frt. red # 4 triple grip  

rear  #6 red triple grip.

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For shallow situations, Mann's baby 1 minus in craw, white, chartruese.

Deeper, a Brad's Wiggler in craw color.

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Bomber's Fat Free Shad in Tenn Shad or Citrus Shad

I fish big water(Ky.Lake)most of the smallmouth are deep.

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DT 4 or DT 6 in brown craw or green tiger if the water is dirty

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rattlin rapala brown craw dad color, x rap olive green shinner color, rat l trap baby bass, mans -1 plus baby bass, also i like the micro cranks for ul tackle such as the rat l trap 1/4 oz i belive it is in baby bass and crawdad color (red).

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Bomber Model A in brown crayfish color... caught quite a few of them the other day including a 15" in a heavily fished spot...

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BTW the spinner I use is the Mepps Black Fury #3 or #4 w/red dots.

No kidding? I use the #4 for northern pike. Never thought to give it a try for smallies.

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I like the jointed Shad Rap in a crawdad color. Caught several this summer on a shad colored 1 1/4 oz Rattletrap imitation. All were better than 2.5lbs. Might be my new favorite  :-/.

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