I tried a lot of different crankbaits as I mentioned in the post. Rebel has a minnow that I like a lot. It has the shape and looks to resemble many of the small baitfish living in the creeks of Pa. I found if I added a split shot to my line, about a hand’s width away from the crankbait, it helped to stabilize the lure. Rebel makes these crankbaits in a wide selection of colors too.
I practice catch release so I modify my crankbaits. I reduce the number of actual hooks by cutting the treble hooks down to one hook per set and crushing the barb. It doesn’t affect the way the crankbait performs and is a lot less stressful on the trout. I will admit, I get hits without hookups sometimes, but it’s part of the game to me. If I can fool a trout to strike, I’m happy with that too.
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