Smaller crankbaits tend to excel in late winter and early spring as bass are generally more lethargic in the colder months and as such will shy away from chasing larger lures.
However, one of the major drawbacks of using a small crankbait in winter is the wind.
For most anglers crankbaits rods will always be a baitcasting rod, but if you are prepared to think out side of the box a little you may be surprised just how good a spinning rod for crankbaits can be.
Even the best baitcasting rod and reel will have a hard time on windy days when using really light bass lures.
Light lures is where spinning tackle shines and wind knots disappear!
A good crankbait spinning rod will allow you to cast a good distance with accuracy and control all whilst avoiding the dreaded wind knots.
Best Crankbait Spinning Rods
The best crankbait spinning rods will be roughly 7 feet in length, have a medium power rating and will have a moderate/action
- 7 feet in length
- Moderate/fast action
- Medium power rating
When using smaller lighter crankbaits especially those made from balsa wood like a Rapala it can be difficult to generate enough momentum in the lure to help spin the spool on the reel.
Although you can use and ultralight baitcaster on very windy days you will still have to deal with wind knots.
Spinning rods rule supreme when it comes to casting on windy days with light lures.
Length wise you want a rod that is seven feet in length to help really whip the lure out. Extra length will generally cast further.
Power wise a medium powered rod is best for crankbaits as you still need a bit of backbone in them.
Action should be moderate to moderate/fast. Lures like crankbaits with a pair of treble hooks will always strike better with a more moderate rod action.
Crankbait Spinning Gear
Now that you know what kind of spinning rod for crankbaits to look out for you will need to pair it with a suitable reel and line.
Look for a high quality spinning reel in the 2000 to 4000 sizes. Although a 4000 reel may seem a little large to most bass anglers it does benifit from having a large spool as because of this the line will run freer off of it when casting.
For most a 3000 is the best compromise. Any good high quality modern reel should have a well designed spool lip that allows line to flow off of it effortlessly.
Set your drag so that a larger bass has the ability to take off a small bit of line.
I tend to favor favor monofilament on spinning rods. For crankbaits on the type of rod described above 8 to 10 pound line is more than enough.
Any lighter and you risk a bass snapping it off especially around thick cover or underwater structures.
Any heavier and you will lose some of your asting distance and most definitely casting accuracy.