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A crankbait is a type of fishing lure designed to imitate the appearance and swimming action of baitfish or other prey species. It typically consists of a hard plastic or wooden body with a diving lip or bill attached to the front, which causes the lure to dive and wobble when retrieved through the water. Crankbaits often feature a realistic paint finish, eyes, and other details to mimic the appearance of natural prey. Crankbaits come in various shapes, sizes, colors, and diving depths to match different fishing conditions and target species. Some crankbaits have a shallow diving lip and are designed to run near the surface, while others have a longer lip and can dive to deeper depths. Anglers typically use crankbaits for casting and retrieving in areas with submerged structure, such as rocks, stumps, logs, and weed beds, where predatory fish like bass, pike, walleye, and muskellunge are likely to be hiding. The wobbling action and diving motion of the crankbait can trigger aggressive strikes from fish, especially when retrieved at varying speeds or with erratic movements. Crankbaits are versatile lures that can be used in both freshwater and saltwater fishing, and they are effective for catching a wide range of predatory fish species. They are particularly popular among bass anglers and are often used in tournaments and recreational fishing alike.

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