Need Crankbait Suggestions!
Went to one of my local small-water(15acres) Largemouth haunts last night. Barometric pressure was low and steady at 29.89", and the bass were on the feed big time. Didn't get any toads but around 30 bites for 21 largemouth between 1lb and 3lbs. 9oz. I fished Storm Thundersticks, Yozuri Tobimaru, and a Cotton Cordell Red-Fin Jointed. By far I had the best response to the Jointed Red Fin. Unfortunately I lost the Red Fin to a snag halfway through the night or I would have probably gotten bit even more. Here is the Deal, the lake bottom, depth, contours,etc...doesn't hardly vary throughout the lake.... so the fish can be almost anywhere in the lake at any time of the day, year, etc. I believe their primary forage fish is a small freshwater smelt that inhabits the lake by the millions. The smelt are about as big around as a pencil and between 3 & 5 inches in length. During the day the smelt seem to go hide most likely down on the bottom(the water usually has about a foot of visibility, 2 feet on good days) At night these smelt all come up to the surface to feed. They seem to become most prolific during the warmer months and at night the surface of the pond looks like it has tiny raindrops coming down ALL over it. Most nights of the year, the bass are busting these smelt on the surface usually all night long. I have seen 10lb and bigger bass come up chasing bait like 8 feet in front of me on a fairly regular basis. I have tried numerous topwater baits running the gamut from buzzbaits to zara spooks and just about everything in between with little success. So far the only hardbait that has produced resonably well for me is the Jointed Red Fin. I am looking to try some other jointed cranks to find the one with the best action at slow speeds. Anyone have any suggestions? I need something that runs real shallow.......preferably a foot or less. Looking forward to hearing if you guys have some that work well for you. :?: