A wonderful time of year is upon us. The weather is cooling, and so is the water. It’s also when I switch from trolling crawler harnesses to running crankbaits almost exclusively. They create no mess in the boat, I don’t have to feed them, and they won’t die
While everyone will have their own opinion on what crankbaits work the best on Lake Erie’s Western Basin, my favorites have always been Reef Runners, Deep Husky Jerks, and Smithwick Rogues. But, none of these baits will catch a fish if they are not properly tuned.
A bait can become out of tune by catching a big fish and lifting it by the bait, getting it caught and tangled in the net, or simply by removing one out of a new box. Yes, some lures need tuning right out of the box, so it’s always best to check your bait before you send it out to work for you.