Crankbaits are probably the most known and used of all lures. They sometimes have different names like swimbaits or just called lures. You can use them for all kinds of predatory fish such as pike, zander, perch and asp, but also think of the lesser-known species such as sea bass, chub, trout and salmon. Crankbaits are optically distinguished from the lip on the front of the lure. They will create a movement when you reel them in with your spinning rod, in the contrast to jerkbaits which you have to give movement/action by yourself. Between crankbait lures we distinguish 4 types namely; floating crankbaits, sinking crankbaits, surface poppers and swimbaits.
Floating crankbaits, as the name says, will continue to float when they hit the water and will not dive, untill you reel them in. Also, the lure will go back to the surface when you stop reeling them in. The advantage is that you have more influence on the height at which the plug should swim.
The sinking crankbaits are often sink slowly, so you can fish with these lures closer to the bottom. These lures are often heavier and therefore easier to throw and beyond. There are also some fast sinking crankbaits avaible.
Surface lures, also called poppers, are lures that do not have a diving lip and will continue to float. It is a lure which is mainly used in spring and summer within Europe. There are also popper lures with a special lip which make bubbles and sounds, which is particularly attractive for the predator fish.
The swimbaits looks really different from the other crankbait. A swimbait often consists of several parts, which together provide a swimming movement of the lure. Swimbaits are often larger than the known jointed plugs and are often heavier. A swimbait can have the same lip as the above mentoined lures, for surface and diving.
We don't have a special category for them but we do have them; suspending crankbaits. These are "hanging lures" which will not float nor sink. The advantage of these crankbaits is that they will stay on their place when you stop reeling them in. This is very attractive for predator fish like pike and often the moment on which they attack it.
Next to the above different kind of lures, we also have collections of divers crankbaits. These are second hand lures which are sold complete in a tacklebox. Want to buy cheap lures? This is thé solution. The tackleboxes are filled with lures of brands like Rapala, Storm or Salmo and you will save at least 50% on the retail price.
In addition to the above features between all the crankbaits and swimbaits, the lure may also have a rattle or an extra treble hook. Besides that there also all kinds of variants on the crankbait with a combination of a spinner or softbait.