Tip of the Month: Pulling Crankbaits

cottonBy Warren Cotton

May crappie in the Mississippi reservoirs will be out in deeper water. We’ll be pulling crankbaits.

Fast pulling crankbaits is usually best by targeting creek channels, bends and along the channel. Water depths are usually 15 to 16 feet but may vary a little, sometimes deeper. I typically pull cranks at 1.7 miles per hour. In the morning I may start a little slower but then speed up as it gets lighter.

I use a lot of Bandit 300-series crankbaits. They run up to the depths where crappie will get here in Mississippi. Some of my best colors are Mistake (different colors on each side), Orange and Chartreuse.

Warren Cotton is a tournament fisherman and guides on Arklabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada. Contact him at: 901-550-6264 or warrencottonoutdoors.com

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