Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
mr_jman

Essential Crankbaits?

Recommended Posts

I am somewhat new to trolling cranks but have enjoyed doing it a lot this year!

Lets say I want to spend around $50 or so. What are some of the most essential or popular ones to give me a fair selection. I know firetiger and black or blue and silver seem popular (reading through the forums). I also know the X-raps seem to catch a bunch of fish. But if anyone can give me some opinions about a few really good ones... size, color, model, whatever. I just want a good selection that also can cover the entire water column.

Thanks im sure ill get a good amount of suggestions!

Then I better spend the money on that crank depth book that seems worth every penny!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd never chase 'eyes without at least one Shad Rap #9 in perch in the boat. Hot n' Tots in just about any color are another fav.

Recently though, I've developed a thing for Reef Runners. Haven't settled on a favorite color yet though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

shad raps #5 and #7 Silver blue orange, clown, perch and firetiger the first two are discontinued, darn you normark/ rapala. Salmo floating hornets size 4 and 5 in green tiger, red tail shiner and gold metallic orange. Jointed shad raps size 4 and 5 in red crawdad, firetiger, and bleeding hot olive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For strickly trolling and looking to spend around $50, you will want to maximize the amount of water your selection of lures will cover and stick with provencolors.

Will just say that you could get 8 lures for that price I'm a fan on having 1 neutral color and 1 bright color of every lure, but for your price range I'll just throw out a few of my favorites

#5 Shad Rap in Hot Tiger or Perch

#7 Shad Rap in Firetiger or Black and Silver

#4 Floating Salmo Hornet in Hot perch or Gold

#5 Floating Salmo Hornet in Clown or Red Tail Shiner

#7 Shallow Shad Rap in Firetiger or Yellow Perch

#6 SDR Salmo Bullhead in Bullhead or Yellow Dace

#9 Deep Tail Dancer in Clown or Black

#10 Husky Jerk in Firetiger or Blue

Lots of other lures out there too, Berkley Flicker Shads are a great allternative to Shad Raps for about half the price. I haven't had much sucess on Reef Runners, I typically don't troll in that deep of water, but they are also a great lure.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I must suck because i've never caught eyes on crankbait...i have about 25 crankbaits and not one has been broken in...

anyone got suggestions on what to use on the St.Croix?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

deep diving shad on the croix... I like natural colors most days. one nice thing about the croix you can pull two plugs and see if they prefer one over the other. switch one out try it again. pretty soon you'll find the to baits their lookin' for.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I must suck because i've never caught eyes on crankbait...i have about 25 crankbaits and not one has been broken in...

anyone got suggestions on what to use on the St.Croix?

On the croix I like blue/white and firetiger colored cranks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alright here it is.

As well as some additional commentary.

First in "general" minnow baits work better in cooler water. So for the rest of this year and next spring I use a lot of minnow style baits and more of the shad style bait during the summer months.

The with the Husky Jerk the HJ12 are my go to but HJ14 are good as well(Rainbow, Clown, Firetiger & Glass Perch). The rogues vary greatly in diving depth depending on which ones you picked. The super rogues will usually dive 8-10 feet depending on the line and length you use. I also like the standard floating rogues for shallow water(2-5 feet)(Firetiger, clown, chrome). I like to have both rattling and quiet baits as some nights fish want one or the other. I'd add a few #13 & #11 floating raps(Rainbow, Chartruese, perch, firetiger, Flo. org/gold & Gold/Black). Also #11 jointed are good. I also like Salmo #9 Minnows(Hot Perch, Dace). I also love the Storm Thundersticks(Perch, Clown, Chrome & Firetiger). Plus you'll want a few SSR #7 and SR#5 shad raps. Let's not forget the X Raps in #10.

If I were only going to buy 15 lures they'd be, (Who am I kidding? I'll have over 270 cranks along).

#11 Floating Rapala in Rainbow or other light trout pattern

#13 Floating Rapala in Clown

#11 Jointed Rapala in Perch

HJ12 in Firetiger

HJ12 in Glass Perch

HJ14 in Chrome/Black

Floating Rattlin Rogue in Firetiger

Super Rogue in Metalic Firetiger

Thunderstick in Perch

Thunderstick in Firetiger

Salmo #9 Minnow in Chrome Dace

SSR7 Shad Rap in Shad

SR#5 Shad Rap in Perch

SR#7 Shad Rap in Clown

Wally Diver in Chartruese

#10 X Rap in Perch

These would give you good depth, color, size, noise, Floating/Suspend and vibration options.

You would likely get quite a different list of favorites based on who you asked.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do not know if these are the "Essential Cranks", but it is what I have chosen for my opening line up grin.

This is what is going in my box for Mille Lacs this fall (for now).

WebI1UrhALyA5WFEJB87P+y22e+sT8av0300.jpg

I have a gut feeling walleyes are going to be going for big lures this fall. I can not tell ya why, but I feel with the weather and conditions we have had this year, big might just be a go to bait.

Basically I am a Rapala guy. Huskyjerk 12's (maybe a 10), Huskyjerk 14's and F18's is what I am going with this fall and a couple other odds and ends..

I would say this is around the $50.00 mark also.

I love Borch's picks also grin!Might have to pick some more up soon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pretty nice fall full moon assortment Shack. I left the #18 off my list here as I feel they are not in that top 15 baits unless your fishing Mille Lacs or looking for trophy fish late in the fall. Those big baits start to shine once the surface temps get below 50 degrees. I really do like Rapala cranks but I really like Rattlin Rogues and Thundersticks as well. At times it's hard to beat the Salmo too. wink

So tough to choose...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My buddies and I have seen excellent results in the # 5 walleye pattern. Seems kinda strange to fish with baby eyes, but they do like that.

Anyone else try that?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Never used a walleye pattern. My go to color for stained water is Firetiger, and shad for clear water. Clown, perch, black/silver are right behind and have recently been using purpledecent.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Likin' the cranks there Shack! Not enough Smithwicks though. wink

Firetiger & Rainbow Trout HJ12s were the ticket this weekend. Finally gave up on the cats.

Couple big green and slimies latched on to the Firetiger HJ, imagine that? grin

IMO... Firetiger HJ12 is a "must-have", as is Clown.

I'll add a Tiger Roan Super Rogue, and Clown Super Rogue to that mix as well to run a "bit" deeper than the HJ12s. To run up shallow, I'll probably grab a Vampire Original Floater F11 or F13. The F11 Vampire is the most toothed up of my floaters so the eyes sure like it. grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These are the baits i use down here in Winona on the river in the fall and some of them work just as good in the spring as well.I also fish alot of taildancers and wally divers that do the trick.That is a very nice collection Borch and if any of you are going to the fall fenzy on Mill Lacs here is a good start of what you need. When i get up there to Mill Lacs in late Oct early Nov i will have some 150-200 along myself for the great fall bite wouldnt miss it and havent for over 10 yrs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Not a cowbird. We have several around here and they are generally dark-black grey and brown. The pictured bird almost looks as though it could be an immature yellow headed blackbird. Cowbirds are quite reclusive and we have been surprised they come out to our feeders, but they have become pretty regular customers. Like the deer that graze in the front yard. Last night we had the buck, doe and twin fawns and even though we talked softly to them they did not spook,  but seemed to simply acknowledge our presence on the deck and continued to feed. And of course, as usual, the black squirrels are gathering all MY walnuts!  darn.....I just can't win. The chipmunks eat my strawberries, deer eat tomato plants and squirrels eat my walnuts. I'm left with this old bottle of Beefeaters, a small bottle of vermouth and a few olives in a jar.  Things are tough out here in the wilderness.
    • Quincey should be a solid guy. I don't recall watching him play, but by looking at his stats over the years it appears to be an upgrade over Scandella.
    • Just looked up the yellow. Definitely not, no white on wings and way too yellow. And all the pictures of a cowbird on Google don't show a cowbird with the rusty colored ring on it's back.
    • Spending most of my time in Dallas these days due to my job.  Will be fishing the Otter County Area in a couple of weeks.  Can't wait!  Just wondering what you guys are seeing?  I am assuming the Bass are in and will be in their late summer patterns which to me means that you could find 'em anywhere.  One of the questions my friend had (I guess watching KVD in Elite Series and  Major League fishing -- I think his recent win on the Elite Series on St Lawrence River was mainly a drop shot) was jerk baits for this time of year.  Frankly, I use mostly jigs and plastics.  Watching KVD, I think I should give jerk baits more a try.
    •  It looks yellow in the bad picture but it's a very rusty medium brown. Definatly in the blackbird family though I think. I need a decent camera. Eye guy, you told me about a not too expensive digital camera with a good zoom lens didn't you? I don't think that's it. The ring on its back is the same rust color. 
    • Of course!  Yaller headed B bird, like the Duffster said.   https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-headed_Blackbird/id
    • Yellow headed blackbird?
    • It looks way to light brown to be a cowbird but I see nothing else in my bird book it could be??? I know this is a bad picture but it's the best I can do. The thing is so tame I can almost walk right up to it and it never goes away for long.
    • Thanks for the replies. I am going to get a box of 1 3/4 #5's and a box of 1 3/4 #6's and pattern them against what I have been shooting, Hope to get that done when I go up to mow my trails this fall, whenever I can free up some time to go. I will post some results.
    • Ya saw that yesterday, glad to have him back, should shore up that 4th line or put him up on the 3rd if Ek isn't ready. Everything I saw last year from Ek has me thinking he is ready but time will tell. Need to sign Foligno yet, probably won't like the numbers I see but maybe he can surprise us. Forward group should still look really good this year, obviously the D took a hit when we traded Scandella and let Folin walk but we could still be ok, sometimes team D can make up for it. Oloffson looked good last year too, not sure about Quincy but hopefully they can form some kind of decent bottom pair. 
  • Our Sponsors