1/2 and 3/4 oz Deep Diving Crankbaits ~ No
by Russ Bassdozer
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1/2 oz Deep Diving Crankbaits ~ No Hooks
Type: Floating. Rattling. Deep Diver.
Weight: 1/2 oz
Length: 2-3/4 inches (excluding lip). 4 inches (including lip)
Depth: 8 to 12 feet (casting). Up to 18 foot range (trolling).
These hard plastic deep divers work swell all season, winter,
spring summer or fall.
I constantly fish with many more expensive deep divers of all
brands and models.
No lure, no matter how much it costs, works all the time.
However, the Deep Divers here are as productive as any others I
have ever used, regardless of price.
Note: Hooks and split rings not included. For best results
use your own #4 hooks.
I recommend you use #4 trebles (not included). The front hook
is not able to catch on the diving lip. The diving lips are
integrated parts of the bodies. So the lips cannot loosen or
The hollow internal chambers have ball bearings that rattle
noisily on the retrieve. The sound can best be described as a
chatter, and it can be heard rattling under water when the
crankbait is still a good distance away from a boat.
- Use Them More Often. Most of all, 9 out of 10 anglers
do not use deep diver crankbaits enough. If I do well in
tournament competition or just fun fishing, I have no qualms to
tell others I caught all my fish on crankbaits. Almost anyone
will assume I meant a 2 to 5 foot shallow-running crankbait. Even
on deep bodies of water, most anglers tend to throw
- Docks, Tires, Bridges. This Deep Diver runs 8 to 12
feet deep, and will bring bass up off the bottom in 20 feet of
water. Many fish that suspend under man-made structure, like
floating marina docks or marina breakwater tire reefs, the
majority of these fish suspend about ten or twelve feet deep.
They're not always up high near the floating structure. Most guys
think a crankbait that runs 4 or 5 or 6 feet deep - barely
beneath the floating part of the structure should be perfect, but
they won't get the attention from the vast majority of deeper
suspended fish that won't come up that high to hit a
shallow-diving crankbait. A shallow or medium diver will not get
deep enough around deep man-made structure.
- Even in Shallow Water. Even when there's shallow water
with an irregular or rugged bottom, such as shallow reefs or
humps or points with only 5 or 6 feet of water on top (and deeper
water nearby), this Deep Diver can work better than a
shallow-runner. Reason is, this Deep Diver will crash into more
of the irregular high spots on bottom. When that happens, just
slow down, let it float up a bit, then start and stop it
stuttering across the high spot. As soon as it stops tapping
bottom, meaning it cleared the high spot, expect a ferocious hit.
- Skip a Turn. There are times you should retrieve this
crankbait slowly, moderately or fast. This Deep Diver can be
worked as slowly or quickly as possible, exhibiting great action
and stability at any speed. Let the fish decide what speed they
prefer on any given day. Whatever speed you use, an occasional
pause, a sudden faster rod sweep or just skipping a turn while
reeling are all high percentage strike triggers (as is bumping
into anything). To skip a turn is easily done. Whatever pace you
are reeling at, count each turn you make of the reel handle, and
stop reeling to skip one turn. You may want to skip a turn
every 6 or 12 turns of the reel handle, for example. Just count,
skip, count, skip, count skip... and expect strikes to come on
- Try Trolling. Many bass anglers don't troll
crankbaits. This deep diver is perfect to troll, and will get
down about 18 feet or so at the most, depending on trolling
speed, the distance rod tip is kept above water, and fishing line
diameter. This Deep Diver is extremely stable, will not roll or
spin out. The higher speeds and consistent deep level of trolling
triggers many strikes that are just not always possible to get
while casting. First of all, you can't cast one of these to get
down to 18 feet, and even during a cast, the crankbait only
achieves its maximum depth (about twelve feet) for a very small
fraction of the time. Most of the time (at the beginning and end
of a cast), a crankbait is not at its maximum depth. With
trolling, a crankbait is ALWAYS at the maximum depth. Again, the
max with this Deep Diver is about 18 feet by having the rod tip
close to the water. Raising the rod tip will raise the diving
I troll either with the electric trolling motor or with the big
engine at low speed (800 rpms) trimmed up. The length of line is
about the same as a long cast. With a fish finder running, it's a
great way to cover large expanses of open water - or to prefish
for a tournament (if trolling's permitted during practice). When
you find productive spots, return to cast the spots out with
crankbaits (or Carolina rig, jigs, dropshot, etc) on actual
competition days. These types of spots may be points, ledges,
gravel bars, humps, saddles, ditches or many other definable
types of structure. Trolling lets you find these spots (and
verify fish are on them) faster than casting.
However, many fish caught while trolling will seem to be hanging
out in the middle of nowhere. These fish you really can't come
back to target, since they're like finding a one-time needle in a
haystack. It's only made possible due to the faster speeds and
long stretches or "runs" that can be trolled, sometimes
for a mile or more. Often, there's no way you can catch these
"needle in the haystack" fish while casting. They may
be suspended in open water or hanging on little patches of rough
bottom on an otherwise featureless expanse. These little patches
may harbor barely enough crawdads or other critters to keep a
bass there just long enough until it gets a meal (or your
crankbait comes by). Otherwise, what these bass may be doing out
there, I have no idea. They are out there however, and really
only catchable while trolling. The bottom where they're caught
often looks featureless and there may not be any bait schools or
anything that show up on the graph. But trolling these
featureless expanses can be productive whereas casting will not.
Note: These lure bodies come without hooks and without split
Ghost Threadfin Hologram
Real Shad Hologram
Red Eye Bass
Ghost Green Craw
Black Silver Hologram
Blue Silver Hologram
Brown Gold Hologram
Pale Yellow Belly
Pale Green Tiger
Pale Green Perch
Lavendar Shad Hologram
Black White Shad
3/4 oz Super Deep Diving Crankbaits ~ No Hooks
Type: Hard Plastic. Floater/diver.
Weight: 3/4 oz (without hooks)
Length: 3" (excluding lip). Length: 4-3/4" (including
Diving Depth: 12 to 16 plus feet (casting)
You can pay much more, but that doesn't necessarily mean
you'll catch much more. These super deep diving crankbaits are
not only very economical, they are very productive fish catchers
They're built sturdily with heavy hook hanger eyes. The diving
lip is an integrated part of the body. So the lip cannot loosen
or break off.
They cast well, for surprisingly long distances. You'll be
pleased how far they cast, even when it is windy.
Note: These lure bodies come WITHOUT hooks and without split
A few words about super deep diving depths. There are
many, many brands and models of crankbaits on the market. The
overwhelming majority are shallow to medium divers. There are
only a small handful of models on the market that are considered
"Super Deep Divers."
Super Deep Divers are often marketed as being able to reach 20
foot depths. Since achieving such depth is so rare, it is a big
marketing point to be able to claim that, and it is technically
true that under perfect wind and water conditions, with super
thin line, super long distance casts, a long rod held with the
tip under water while kneeling on the boat deck, with a perfectly
true-running crank, one may (or may not) reach the 20 foot level
even if only for a brief moment during a cast.
Practically speaking, most super deep diving models spend most
of their time on average in the 12 to 16 foot depths while
casting, which is fine. This is still deeper than most all other
crankbaits (and most all other lure types) can go.
Most anglers rarely use super deep divers. Ninety-five percent
of anglers never fish with this type of super deep diver. They
are impractical for most shore anglers since they dive so deep, a
shore angler would frequently snag and lose them. Yet many boat
anglers are also unfamiliar with super deep diving crankbaits.
Most bass anglers, even those who use crankbaits all the time,
mainly stick to shallow or medium divers. So if you make an
effort to learn how and where to use super deep divers, you will
have a constant source of bass in relatively deeper water that
few other crankbait anglers ever tap.
Recommended hooks. You'll need to provide your own
treble hooks and split rings for this lure. Most anglers prefer
to put #2 trebles on this size crankbait. With most models
of #2 hooks, the hooks are not able to marry each other.
The front hook is usually not able to catch on the diving lip. So
with the correct size #2 hooks, the hooks will rarely foul on
each other or the lure body. That means more time fishing
properly. Little or no time fishing with fouled hooks.
Rattling. This crankbait has a couple of large, heavy
rattles inside that produce more of a single knocker type sound,
more like a drum beat than a chatter.
Note: These lure bodies come without hooks and without split
3/4 oz Super Deep Diver Crankbait ~ Natural Shad
3/4 oz Super Deep Diver Crankbait ~ Sunfish
3/4 oz Super Deep Diver Crankbait ~ Blue Chartreuse
3/4 oz Super Deep Diver Crankbait ~ Yellow Perch
3/4 oz Super Deep Diver Crankbait ~ Green Sunfish
3/4 oz Super Deep Diver Crankbait ~ Brown Tiger
3/4 oz Super Deep Diver Crankbait ~ Crappie
Tips for Fishing with Deep Diving and Super Deep Diving
I work in the tackle industry, and for that reason, most of my
fishing time isn't for pleasure or recreational, but involves
testing tackle for the job. I don't mind, I love fishing, but it
means I usually have some stuff on board I need to work with and
evaluate every day. So I really need to limit my fishing to the
test stuff instead of using other lures of my personal choice. I
don't mind because I can usually get some fish to cooperate with
whatever I need to test any day. With Lake Powell as my job site,
with 1,800 miles of shoreline up to 500 feet deep, I can usually
find any possible conditions suited to testing any lure somewhere
on the lake - and every nook and cranny is occupied by plentiful
smallmouth, largemouth and striped bass.
Last weekend, a buddy who went fishing with me was doing swell
with crankbaits. You could say the crankbait bite was on, at
least for my buddy. I had other lures (not crankbaits) I needed
to test that trip. I did okay with the lures I was working with
that day, but not as good as my friend with his crankbaits.
It just so happens, one of the next items in the test queue
for me to test a new crankbait rod from Gary Yamamoto Custom
Baits. At first glance, it seemed a pretty beefy crankbait rod.
So for the first couple of trips, I fished the rod mainly with
the super deep divers. These big, bulky 3/4 oz crankbaits reach
depths over fifteen feet when cast. The two super deep divers
shown above were the most productive crankbaits for several
weekday mornings in a row in a lower basin (Wahweap Bay, Lake
Powell) near the outflowing dam. Lake Powell is a deep, clear
river lake filled with many more smallmouth than largemouth.
These two super deep divers caught many and large bass, mainly
smallmouth for several weekdays straight up to the weekend. Only
trouble is, when Saturday morning arrived, I had a full day to
fish, so I ran twenty-five miles uplake instead of staying in the
lower basin like I did on the weekday mornings. Uplake, the super
deep divers failed to produce anything. By 10 o'clock on Saturday
morning, both the above colors had been seriously tried with zero
to show for the effort. The realization was made that big, bulky
super deep divers like these were not going to be productive. The
super deep divers were put away and not used again on Saturday or
the next day's trip on Sunday.
When the big super deep divers did not pan out, the
medium-sized deep divers were tried next on the new Yamamoto
Crankin' Stick. The medium-sized deep diver weighs 1/2 oz and
dives 8 to 10 feet deep. The crankbait size and color below was
an immediate and non-stop winner Saturday and Sunday, catching
fish quickly and easily at any time of day for the rest of the
weekend. Indeed, one could say, "The crankbait bite was
Gary Yamamoto's new Crankin' Stick (shown above) proved to
perform as perfect for the 1/2 oz deep divers as for the 3/4 oz
super deep divers.
No one can say why the 3/4 oz super deep divers (shown at top)
worked during the weekday mornings but failed to catch anything
uplake that weekend. Fortunately, the 1/2 oz deep divers (shown
below) were incredibly hot. Realizing that crankbait size (the
major difference here) may matter - and making the adjustment -
is more important than understanding why. No one may ever know
why. Making the adjustment is what matters. Lesson here is that
an angler must learn to fish "the day" no matter what
Photo above of the weekend's superstar crankbait as it swims
through the water. This color not only imitates threadfin shad,
but the green, chartreuse and blue splotches also imitate sunfish
or crappie. So it has the ability to imitate shad and panfish in
a single presentation.
As part of the job, time was taken to intentionally test the
three colors above in order to observe whether fish had any
favorites. All three of these color crankbaits effortlessly
produced fish. The fish did not favor one color versus another.
In the limited time taken to test the left and center color, fish
seemed to hit all three colors equally. However, the crankbait at
right was used most of the weekend. So of course it caught most
of the fish. Crankbait at right was favored by me, the angler,
because of my confidence that it imitates shad (which I observed
present in modest numbers) in relatively deeper areas and
imitates sunfish (present in large numbers) in relatively
shallower areas. In fact, that color worked so well, if I were in
a tournament or fun fishing, I would not have taken it off to try
other colors. As part of the job, however, I did test other
colors, and the other two crankbait colors seemed to catch
equally well during brief test periods. Lesson here is that
"favorite" colors are often not favored by the fish as
much as they are favored by the fisherman.
By this time, I had finished working with and evaluating the
Yamamoto Crankin' Stick for the moment. So I made several
additional trips during the week to test other items (not
crankbaits). However, I had fallen in love with the new crankbait
rod by Yamamoto. It's a totally different construction than most
other crankbait rods. I just could not get enough of it. So I
fished the crankbait rod at least part of the time for the next
several trips. I fished the same crankbait model too - the 1/2 oz
deep diver - but not the same colors. I fished brief moments
throughout the day with the 1/2 oz White Pearl color in clear
water, and it caught fish all day as good as any lure has a right
to work. The following day, I caught fish in moderately stained
water with the 1/2 oz Black Chartreuse and Brown Tiger colors.
This lack of color discrimination by bass is something I often
see with these type crankbaits. Many trips over the past few
seasons whenever I am using these particular crankbaits, I may
start to feel one or another color is "hot" but when I
start to get that "hot color" feeling, it reminds me to
intentionally cycle through as many as six dramatically different
colors, usually with positive results. That's why I say, when the
crankbait bite is on, with these particular crankbaits, their
action and motion seems to matter more than color on most days.