It’s going to be a crankbait day

Paul Mueller has caught the biggest bass of the tournament so far with a 6-pounder this morning on a chartreuse squarebill crankbait. Wes Logan caught his two biggest bass yesterday on a chartreuse squarebill crankbait. Yes, there’s been a swim jig bite this morning, especially for Gerald Swindle, but you can expect to see crankbaits play an increasingly big role as the day continues.

“I’m about to go cranking for a while,” said Jason Christie, just before the 9 o’clock hour.

And Swindle will be cranking too, sooner or later, thanks to a late discovery Sunday. The reason Swindle finished in 4th place yesterday, instead of further down the standings, was thanks to a crankbait bite.

“That buzzbait bite had died,” said Swindle, who switched lures to a Rapala BX Brat crankbait. “I just went to a piece of riprap and a bridge. It was the most basic thing I could have done. I caught those last two and a guy pulled up beside me and caught a three-pounder. I said, ‘Why did it take me so long to do this?’ It’s the only thing that doesn’t matter if the water goes up or down - the corners of a bridge. At the last minute I tied on that chartreuse crankbait and they were biting. The bites I got, they choked it."