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muskie crankbait diagram

The muskie crank bait is a type and style of lure made out of plastic or wood and is shaped or moulded in such a way that the lure bears a resemblance to a muskie baitfish. The muskie crank bait usually has from one to three sets of treble hooks jutting out of its body and a lip that controls the depth where an muskie angler wants the crank bait to lie.

Muskie Crank Bait Lip

The crank bait's lip is perhaps the most important part of the crank bait, without it, the lure would only float on the surface of the water, behaving more like a surface lure and entirely defeating the purpose of the crank bait. The size of the crank baits lip also determines how deep the lure can be submerged in the water - and muskie can be deep fish. A small lip can make the crank bait dive anywhere between 1 – 5 feet and is used mainly in shallow water. Consequently, the bigger the crank bait lip, the deeper the allowable dive. Muskie crank baits with the largest lips can go as deep as 30 feet. Not only does the lip of the crank bait make it dive, but it also gives it the ability to wobble from side to side when retrieved, making it appear to those muskies as a baitfish swimming in the water.

Muskie Crank Bait Body Style
When it comes to muskie fishing, the body style of the crank bait becomes an important factor to consider. Crank baits have several body styles to choose from, but for purposes of muskie fishing, the minnow body type of crank bait works best. A minnow body is often referred to as stick bait because of its long, thin body. This type is preferred by muskie anglers since minnows are one of the primary food sources that muskies naturally prey on.

Crank baits are considered the best type of lure to use for a beginner in muskie fishing. When used either by trolling or casting, the crank bait proves to be effective with both styles. Should the lure be used to troll, it is advisable to keep the lure at about 100 feet behind a boat moving at 7 – 8 miles per hour. This imitates the movement of a fish swimming in the water when retrieved.