Squarebill Crankbaits For Spring Bass Fishing!

Big bass and shallow water! The pre-spawn is the perfect recipe for squarebill fishing! As the big ones move up a lot of the traditional patterns fade away in favor of high-speed reaction baits. The square bill is a perfect candidate for this style of fishing and today we’re making it so easy that anyone can fish them effectively.

There are only a couple of considerations that you as the angler need to make when selecting a square bill. Pay attention to sound (or lack of sound), size, and diving depth. Once you’ve made those simple selections all that’s left to do is cover water in search of those big pre-spawn bass.
We keep color selection very simple. Ideally you’ll want to fit baits into 4 categories. Craw (red), Ghost (see-through), Reflective (Chrome or scale pattern), and white. If you have baits in these 4 categories you’re prepared for 99% of the conditions you can face on the water.

Favorite Rattling Baits…
Luhr Jensen Speed Trap:
River2Sea Biggie:
Spro Little John:

Favorite Silent Baits…
Jackall Aska:
Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5:
Megabass S Crank:

Favorite Magnum Squarebills…
Lucky Craft Magnum 110 (Deep Runner):
Lucky Craft Magnum 105 (Shallow Runner):
Megabass Grenade:
Strike King 8.0 & 4.0:

Matt’s Preferred Squarebill Setup…
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150:
Line- 20 lb MaxCuatro Braid:
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Friendly Squarebill Setup…
Rod- Dobyns 7′ Crankbait:
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin fluorocarbon:

Magnum Squarebill Setup…
Rod- Zodias 7’6″ Glass:
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Crankbait Storage…
Plano Waterproof 3700 Deep Box:
Bass Mafia Casket 3700 Deep Box:

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Light Fishing Pants:
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Equipment We Recommend…

Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor:
Minn Kota Battery Charger:
Humminbird Solix 15 Electronics:
Minn Kota Talons:
Wireless Talon Foot Switch:

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Favorite life jacket:
Favorite sunglasses:
Hero5 Camera:
ElectroSamson Scale:
Promar Net:

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27 Replies to “Squarebill Crankbaits For Spring Bass Fishing!”

  1. I live in N.J. and I never thought my first bite of the year was going to be on topwater not on a jig or cranbait.

  2. You guys don't mess with Rapala at all? I'd like to know what you think about the bx brat.

  3. Guys thanks for the mega bass tip. I Got mine today at 6pm and had two bass on it by dark. Clear water no noise lots of pressure worked like a charm.

  4. I like the deeply informative videos like these that give reasons for every choice, great video!

  5. Hi guys, I want to buy that Dobyns rod. Can you confirm that it is the “7’ med heavy cranking rod”?

  6. I love these directional videos… however, i would LOVE to see a video on how to manage the colors while actually fishing! For example: watch me make 4 casts with this squarebill, but because of this, i switch to this other one, and wham i get bit… i find myself getting stuck with 1 bait for too long, not knowing when to change, and especially if i get 1 bite early, it's hard to leave that bait! HELP!

  7. I'm trying to get back into fishing after about a decade. This channel helps a lot because I'm starting from scratch. I have literally no equipment right now.

  8. Got on the squarebill bandwagon last year after it was the only bait to produce river smallmouth in high dirty water. Congratulations on 100k subs-Hard earned and we'll deserved!

  9. Great breakdown on square bills. It's it that time of year. I can't wait to toss the Mag's. Oh yeah.

  10. 😱😱😱Awesome video as always Matt and Tim and congratulations on 100000 subscribers🏆🏆🍻🍺

  11. 100K subs?!?!?!  Congrats guys!  I've been watching you for quite a while and have learned A TON from you guys!!! Keep up the great work!

  12. Yes finally 100k!!!!!! So deserved keep growing this channel is so awesome

  13. finally 100k, awesome! The hard baits from 6th Sense seem to be getting alot of traction in the past year, something different to check out.

  14. TB YOUR fish finder can tell how deep the fish are but how far are the fish away from the boat how do know how far to cast to the fish? COULD you do a tape on that

  15. Thanks you sr
    I will try out
    I will catch fish
    And I will be a better fisherman

  16. Congratulations on hitting 100k subs. Great videos thanks for all the great information.

  17. Excellent video again Matt! The amount of knowledge you’ve got on bass fishing is sick. If someone wants to learn something and can’t find it on this channel, they didn’t look hard enough!

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