April 4, 2012
When I'm fishing crankbaits and the fish seem to be just slapping at the lure and missing the hooks, I'll upsize the back treble from, say, a No. 6 to a No. 4. A lot of times fish are sluggish in the spring and will just nip at a lure or barely get hooked on the front treble. Having a bigger treble on the back gives me a better chance for a solid hookup, either because the fish latches on there, or it gets hooked there during the fight. I also like to start the season out with smaller crankbaits and then use larger ones as the year progresses. The rationale is that I want to match the size and color of the actual forage available at the time I'm fishing.
---- OFF! Pro Terry Bolton, Paducah, Ky.