Lipless Crankbaits: Tips, Tackle, and Techniques for Fall and Winter

Lipless cranks aren’t just for warm water. These 4 retrieves will help you catch big bass on rattle baits in cold water from early fall all the way to the spawn in Spring. Matt Allen of breaks down how to choose the right action, sound, and weight for the conditions.

Below are the baits and equipment used:

LV-500 Lipless in Ghost Minnow, Light Hitch or American Shad:
Best Replacement Hooks:
Replacement Split Rings:

Rod- Loomis 7′ MH CBR845:
Reel- Curado 70:
Line- Sufix 832:

Camera Used:
Net Used:
Scale Used:

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37 thoughts on “Lipless Crankbaits: Tips, Tackle, and Techniques for Fall and Winter

  1. Gonna try some of these techniques tomorrow, you guys do a great job with your channel. Just out of curiosity, have you tried the Live Target Lipless yet? It doesn't fall on its side, it always stops on bottom with the nose down and the backend floating up.

  2. you truly explain everything perfect. I follow all kinds of bassfishing youtubers. you are my go to, if I need to figure something out. or if I'm trying something new. thanks for your videos. I wouldn't be the angler i em today, with out these videos.

  3. Great stuff, Matt. I especially appreciate the footage showing you guys demonstrating each of the different retrieves. Explaining how to do it is one thing, but it really helps to be able to see it being done.

  4. Matt, great video as always. Great information. I've used some of these and caught some fish I may not have caught before! Thanks! One thing you did not discuss is your thoughts on HOW they sink. Some baits tout their ability to sink with a swimming motion, rather than dropping like a rock. Are there any situations that you have found that this matters? If so, what are they? If not, please explain how you came to this conclusion. Thanks!!

  5. Would a one knocker(1 bearing) or a two tap(2) those have very deep sounds would that be what you're talking about "going to a larger bearing size" or do you prefer more than 1or 2 rattles but still upsizing those bearings?

  6. I almost exclusively throw lipless during winter with a burning retrieve and it produces very well most days. They really are a good winter bait because most fish are in that negative feeding mood i guess? Gets those good reaction bites.

  7. This is a great video! I have a lot of rattle/one knockers in my arsenal but don't use them much. This video provides the knowledge to build my confidence in them. Thank you for posting it.

  8. Hey Matt what kind of line are you using? I recall watching a video where you switch exclusively to braided line. Your videos are always great and informative. Thanks!

  9. Sorry to pollute your comment section.  When considering sound, you focused on lower frequency vs. higher frequency.  Any thoughts on the one knocker style of lipless crankbaits, such as the XCalibur?  I have some 1 ounce Xcalibur one knockers I plan to try this winter for bass and for stripers.  

  10. Great stuff as always, guys. I admit you made me reconsider how I approach lipless crankbaits in cold water.  I follow the concept of heavier bait for deep water, but the idea of minimizing instead of maximizing the profile was really opposite of what I have done in the past (i.e. I learned something!).  I tend to think of reaction bites in warmer water (above 60 deg F), so I normally use a bigger profile in the cold water to slow the fall instead of going compact to increase the fall rate.  Thinking about this some more as I type, I have seen some big bass caught on No. 4 & No. 5 Shad Raps in very early prespawn, so obviously the larger profile is not a requirement.  Once again, great video and thank you for sharing it with the rest of us.

  11. Hey, I'm stoked that you've been postin' weekly. I can't get enough TB, especially during the winter months. Some of us can't stop fishing no matter how miserable the weather gets.
    I just wanted to tell you what a great job you guys are doing and how much I appreciate your willingness to share hard earned knowledge. I really admire you guys. Way to be! Mike from San Jose

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