5 mistakes deep crankers make

Avoid these common pitfalls when fishing deep diving crankbaits and you'll see your catch improve

Tim Horton at Wheeler 2011
Ken Duke
Tim Horton is a master of deep cranking. Follow his tips for more offshore bass.

Winding deep crankbaits, especially today’s mega-deep runners, can be a chore for anglers who aren’t accustomed to it.

Deep cranker Tim Horton says anglers often either give up because it’s too tiresome or they struggle with catching and landing fish.

“It’s a technique that can be very effective when the bass are on offshore structure,” he offered. “However, it’s a lot different than the shallow cranking that most anglers are accustomed to doing.”

Bass tend to scatter on deep structure in late summer and deep cranking not only catches them, but it helps you cover more water trying to locate them.

Horton says there are five common mistakes that novice deep crankers make — mistakes that are easily corrected.

Mistake #1: Using heavy line

Horton recommends 10- to 12-pound fluorocarbon line. “It’s really important for deep diving plugs to achieve their maximum depth,” the Alabama pro noted. “When a crankbait dives, it has to pull that line with it. Smaller diameter line creates less resistance, and that allows the bait to dive easier and faster to its maximum depth.”

Fluorocarbon will help, as it has a better sink ratio than braid or monofilament. And because of the reduced stretch in fluorocarbon, you will get better hookups.

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