There are two other fundamental crankbait styles, each with different applications. So-called lipless crankbaits such as the Rat-L-Trap are cast-and-crank vibrating lures that work well as bass spread over deeper flats after spawning. Deep-running, spoonbill-style crankbaits, meanwhile, come into their own later in the summer for probing the deep, outside edges of weedbeds, creek channels, or the deepest underwater extensions of shoreline points.
10. The Tube
No, not your TV set. As lures, these are soft-plastic hollow tubes with solid heads and multiple cut tails. Common sizes for bass range from about 3 inches up to about 5 inches long. Versions like the popular Gitzit (shown here) have been around for quite a while, periodically fading into or out of bass-fishing fashion. Noted bass pro Denny Brauer won a major 1998 tournament by flipping tube lures around and into bass cover, giving tubes a recent boost.