River Fishing Trophy Smallmouth On Crankbaits | How To Catch Bass In Current



Big bass are stacked on current seams in a river. How would you catch them? We decided on a crankbait and it was a blast! We started a feeding frenzy and the fish were lining up for their turn at the deep crank.

We were positioning our boat downstream and working the crankbaits with the current along the edges of current breaks and seams. Most of the fish ate the crankbait on the pause, resulting in hard hooksets to catch up to them on the slack line that was drifting in the current. The current was fast but the smallmouth were even faster!

There is something special about getting away from the lakes and bass fishing in creeks, streams, and rivers. Its a peaceful change of pace from our typical fishing experience. If you get a chance to get out and catch smallmouth in current be sure and do it, you won’t regret it!

What were we using?

Megabass Deep X 150 Crankbait:
Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait:
Strike King 6 XD Crankbait:

Matt’s Crankbait rod is a 7’6” custom model by Curt Demerath Fishing (facebook or instagram) but if you want a very similar production rod, the following is an awesome setup…

Rod- St. Croix Big Cranker (7’8” Medium Moderate):
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:
Hooks- Megabass Katsuage:

Tim’s Crankbait Setup…

Rod- Megabass Flat Side Special:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:
Hooks- Megabass Katsuage:

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