Mark Daniels Jr., a former FLW Tour and Bassmaster Elite series angler, who is now fishing the MLF Bass Pro Tour, was in Tulsa, OK in January to talk about shallow cranking. MDJ loves shallow cranking and has been with Bill Lewis lures for many years, he has recently co-developed a 6ft. crankbait with them, the Bill Lewis MR-6 Crankbait, which he designed as his go-to replacement for the DT-6, Little John and Tiny Deep N crankbaits.

  • 1:59 Why shallow cranking?
  • 3:16 Tackle and equipment you need for shallow water cranking (rods types, reel gear ratios, Seaguar AbrazX Fluorocarbon Line & mapping)
  • 10:55 Different styles of shallow crankbaits, what they're for and when Mark Daniels Jr. uses them
    • 11:22 Squarebill crankbaits
    • 12:35 Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap (aka lipless crankbaits)
    • 14:09 Mid-range crankbaits, like the Bill Lewis MR-6 Crankbait
  • 15:25 Boat positioning - what does bottom contact have to do with getting bit? How do I maximize my bait's time in the strike zone?
  • 17:19 Retrieves and cadences - there's more to cranking than just chunking and winding
  • 19:57 Modifications - MDJ offers a tip for getting a crankbait into places they aren't meant to go...and getting it back out.
  • 24:52 Tuning a crankbait - some crankbaits don't run true right out of the package, MDJ talks about how to adjust a crankbait running to one side or the other
  • 26:17 Money saving tips - like using a Telescopic Lure Retriever
  • 29:25 Question & Answer

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