How to Tie a Crankbait


Fishing with crankbaits is something that every serious angler will learn sooner or later, and when you’re ready to fish crankbaits you’ll want to pick up the best crankbait along the best equipment tackle, line, and even the best knot giving you an edge with life-like presentation and strength to set the big fish. What is the best knot to use when Tieing a Crankbait?

The best fishing knots to use tieing crankbaits are a standard Clinch knot along a Non-Slip Loop Knot (Kreh Loop Knot) both knots are strong, easy to tie, & allow the crankbaits or any artificial lures to be tied directly to the lure allowing it more life-like action & presentation underwater.

Crankbaits are a great hard bait to use when an angler needs to cover a larger area of water faster at various depths making them a shallow medium or deep diving lure capable of long days and rough conditions as long as they’re tied off properly.

How to Tie a Crankbait

 

When anglers are looking for a knot to use with their crankbaits anglers need a strong knot like the standard Clinch knot. A crankbait tied with fluorocarbon or braid is the way to go that will allow your crankbait to dive to appropriate depths looking natural side-to-side and up and down movement underwater.

For crankbaits and some other applications that don’t require hard hooksets, he’ll tie a standard Clinch knot (once known simply as “the fisherman’s knot”)

  • Strong connection
  • Easy to tie Knot
  • Quick
  • Works well with all line types with a simple improvement
  • Won’t cut into the fluorocarbon line
  • Allows for life-like dives and action

If you Tie the fluoro line directly to the crankbait it does away with any chance that the line fails from any sharp edges from rings or swivel. Tieing directly to the crankbait will improve action and presentation when fishing for bass. Using a polymer knot among others can cut into itself setting a crankbait can be duty work.

If you Tie the fluoro line directly to the crankbait it does away with any chance that the line fails from any sharp edges from rings or swivel. Tieing directly to the crankbait will improve action and presentation when fishing for bass. Using a polymer knot among others can cut into itself setting a crankbait can be duty work.

Many anglers including myself consider the Clinch knot to be the best knot for fishing bass with lures. Not only is this knot versatile enough for securing your line to a lure, swivel, clip, or artificial fly, it retains up to 95% of the original line strength

 

 

How Do You Fish Crankbaits?

Lipless Crankbaits (no bill)-12 ft.+ depth-use slow retrieve in Spring & Fall
Lipped Crankbait (have a bill)-2 to 12 ft. Use “twitching” motion-snap lure side to side in place with a slow retrieve
Square-shaped bill Crankbait ..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Read more

Tie Non-Slip Loop Knot Fishing Crankbaits-Lipless Crankbait

Another knot that works great with a Crankbait is called a Non-slip loop knot is the best fishing knot to attach crankbaits and lipless crankbait for bass because the knot allows for smoother side-to-side natural action of the lure. Very easy to tie a non-slip loop knot in a pinch (not quite as fast as the Clinch knot).

This is another way to tie a crankbait without using a clip, ring, or swivel. Tie directly to the lure for the movement and presentation. Giving the crankbait lifelike qualities that other knots won’t give.

How to tie the Non-Slip Loop Knot or Kreh Loop Knot. The Non-Slip Mono Loop is also known as the “Kreh Loop” as it has been popularized by fishing legend Lefty Kreh. As its name suggests it forms a non-slip loop at the end of a fishing line.

The loop connection to a fly or a lure can give the fly or lure more natural action. Some fishermen find the Loop knot easier to tie than the similar Rapala Knot and equally reliable. The Non-Slip Loop Knot is one of 12 great fishing knots included  Pro’s on the Pro-Knot Fishing Knot 

  • Make an overhand knot in the line about 10 inches from the end. Pass the tag end through the hook eye and back through the loop of the overhand knot.
  • Wrap the tag end around the standing part 4 or 5 times. Bring the tag end back through the overhand knot, entering from the same side it exited from before.
  • Moisten the knots then pull slowly on the tag end to cinch the wraps loosely together. Then pull the loop and the standing line in opposite directions to seat the knot. Trim tag end.

 

Conclusion:

Crankbaits are a great hard bait to use when an angler needs to cover a larger area of water faster at various depths making them a shallow medium or deep diving lure capable of long days and rough conditions as long as they’re tied off properly.

The best fishing knots to use tieing crankbaits are a standard Clinch knot along a Non-Slip Loop Knot (Kreh Loop Knot) both knots are strong, easy to tie, & allow the crankbaits or any artificial lures to be tied directly to the lure allowing it more life-like action & presentation underwater.

Fishing with crankbaits is something that every serious angler will learn sooner or later, and when you’re ready to fish crankbaits you’ll want to pick up the best crankbait along the best equipment tackle, line, and even the best knot giving you an edge with life-like presentation and strength to set the big fish.

 

 

What are the Types of Crankbaits?

Crankbaits are lures made in the shape of a baitfish separated into 3 types:

  1. Diving depth depends on size & bill shape on retrieve-shallow, medium, deep & extra deep.
  2. The sound produced makes sounds called “rattling”, or staying quiet called “silent”
  3. Lipless-Lipless- .………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Read more

 

 

JimGalloway Author/Editor

 

References:

US Angler-How to Tie a Crankbait: Pros and Cons of the Most Popular Techniques

 

 

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