Recommended Rods, Reels and Line For Crankbaits
With a wide variety on types, colors and sizes, crankbaits are one of the most commonly used lures for bass fishing. In this article, I’m going to share with you what I’ve found is the best gear for this bait. As always, if you purchase any of these items and you’re not happy with them, you can always return them and get a full refund (although that’s unlikely, I’m sure you will be beyond satisfied with any of these suggestions).
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Just as a quick recap, these are the main types of crankbaits that are commonly used:
Lipless crankbaits: They don’t have a lip. They will dive as deep as you want it them to, depending on your retrieve. This makes it the most versatile crankbait of them all.
Squarebill crankbaits: The lip or bill of this bait is squared, which is the reason it has this name. This is a shallow diving bait. Fish them in and around cover.
Round Bill Crankbait: This is the one you are going to use for heavy cover.
Rods and reels
For crankbaits, it’s better to have 2 rod and reel setups. One for deep diving crankbaits, and one for shallow and mid-depth diving crankbaits.
Let’s talk about rod materials
Both of the rods I’m going to recommend are from ALX Rods, and there is a good reason for that. They made specifically their crankbait rods with fiberglass. Fiberglass is better than carbon fiber when it comes to crankbait rods.
- Fiberglass is exceptionally smooth because it’s not as stiff as carbon fiber.
- Fiberglass is slower reacting than carbon fiber, it acts as a shock absorber. If you have good reaction, you will often try to set the hook to early and loose a lot of fish that way. So in this case, fiberglass helps a lot in this aspect.
- Fiberglass helps you keep fish buttoned up.
The only situation where a crankbait carbon fiber rod is recommended is in situations when you require a lot of sensitivity. I will give you alternate options in case you do prefer a graphite/carbon fiber rod.
With this being said, these are my personal recommendations. I’m going to give you my rod suggestions for shallow running and mid-depth diving crankbaits, as well as my rod suggestion for deep diving crankbaits. The reel I recommend works for both rods.
Rod for Shallow Running and Medium Diving Crankbaits
Application: Crankbaits up to 15’
Power: Medium Heavy
Recommended Rod: IKOS Hustler by ALX Rods. You can buy it from us here.
Why I recommend it: It’s made with fiberglass, which we previously discussed. It has a longer handle, which will let you tuck the rod under your arm. This gives you support and it’s less tiring, letting you fish for longer periods of time. When the butt of the rod is touching your torso, it also gives you lots of sensitivity.
All ALX Rods are made with cork, which is a higher end material. Not only that, but the price of the rod is pretty affordable. The trimmed reel seats reduce the weight of the rod even more. You’ll be more than happy to have this rod as your crankbait rod!
If you are interested in getting the rod and reel combo for shallow running and mid-depth diving crankbaits, you can get it from us here.
If you prefer a shallow and medium diving crankbait rod that is more sensitive , then I recommend the ZOLO Crank. You can check it out here. This crankbait rod is made with graphite/carbon fiber.
Rod for Deep Diving Crankbaits
Application: Deep Diving Crankbaits (15’ or deeper)
Recommended Rod: IKOS Diver by ALX Rods. You can buy it from us here.
Why I recommend it: The longer length lets you make longer casts with ease. About everything else, it boils down to the same reasons I mentioned for the IKOS Hustler. Let me briefly mention them:
- It’s made out of fiberglass, which makes this rod buttery smooth. The fact that fiberglass is slower makes it perfect for crankbaits
- It has a longer handle, which enables you to tuck the rod under the arm. Besides the support and making it less tiring, this also provides lots of sensitivity due to the butt of the rod being in touch with your torso.
- It’s made with cork, which is a higher end material.
- It has trimmed reel seats, which make the rod lighter.
- Very affordable.
If you need a deep diving crankbait rod, then I recommend the ZOLO Grind. You can check it out here.
If you prefer a deep diving crankbait rod that is more sensitive , then I recommend the ZOLO Grind. You can check it out here. This deep diving crankbait rod is made with graphite/carbon fiber.
Gear Ratio: 5.3:1
Recommended Reel: Torrent by Piscifun. You can buy it from us by clicking here.
Why I recommend it: A slower gear ratio is ideal when fishing crankbaits. A slower gear ratio lets you keep constant tension because it’s slower. It helps keep the bass buttoned up. This simply adds up to the fiberglass rod features, making it the perfect rod and reel combo for crankbaits. On the other hand, this reel is very affordable, and it delivers quality. This is the perfect reel for what you need, and it’s beyond friendly to your pocket.
Note: This reel is a perfect match for both rods.
If you are interested in getting both rod and reel combos (shallow and mid-depth, and deep diving crankbaits), you can get it from us here.
A 10-12 lb fluorocarbon line is what I recommend. Seaguar is a good brand. You can find it on Amazon.