Shallow Diving Crankbait Setups (Rod/Reel/Line) - Patrick Walters

Mon, June 13, 2022

Shallow crankbait fishing is a great way to cover water and trigger reaction strikes when bass are setup in 6 feet of water or less. Bassmaster Pro Patrick Walters has two specific shallow crankbait setups, with one being more for open water and lighter cover, whereas the other is a beefed-up setup for fishing around laydowns or other forms of shallow cover. For open water and light cover with a Rapala DT 6 Patrick uses the Daiwa Tatula Elite 7'0" Medium action Casting Rod paired with 6.3:1 Daiwa Casting Reel on 12-14lb Sufix Fluorocarbon. This setup is great for burning down the bank, fishing riprap, or any scenario where the cover is lighter or more sparse. For power fishing shallow crankbaits, such as with a squarebill crankbait, Patrick opts for a 7'2" Medium-Heavy Crankbait rod in the Daiwa Tatula Casting Rod Series with 14-20lb fluorocarbon and a 7.3:1 gear ratio Daiwa casting reel.

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