BassWestUSA - March/April, 2011, Page 24


Don’t Give Me Any Lip

crankbaiting is one of my fa- vorite ways to catch bass says Bassmaster Elite pro Fred Roumbanis of Bixby, Oklahoma. Fred is a lure designer for ima and on their pro staff. If I am on a bite, I will have two or three ima Rock N Vibe lipless cranks tied on with different lines weights, says Fred. The different lines are important to hit different areas, different spots and different levels in the water column. Depending on how deep I want to sh the Rock N Vibe, it will dictate how thick a line I want to sh. I will use a very thick buoy- ant line in order to keep the Rock N Vibe up real shallow. I'll go up to about 20 lb test using P-Line CXX which will keep the bait as buoyant as possible so I can work it a lot slower and keep it up high. That is one of the great ways to sh the Rock N Vibe, espe- cially in early spring. In this situation, I am just trying to cover a lot of water by fancasting over spawning ats. I will go with one of the brighter colors in spring. Fire Tiger or Hot Craw are my two favorite colors at that time of year. As spring progresses into early summer, and sh have left the spawning ats, then I tend to switch to a straight uorocarbon line. I will go as light as 12 pound test uorocarbon. That line difference enables the Rock N Vibe to operate down to maybe six feet deep. The line choice really depends on the cover, the depth and the area. If there are submerged weed beds a few feet under the water where you are trying to hit a lot of sh in the weeds, you will still want to keep the Rock N Vibe up high, regardless of season. So you need some line buoyancy and a mono lament or P-Line CXX gives you that. The idea is you want to tick the grass but you don't want to grind and bog down in the grass. So you're go- ing to want to use the line diameter that lets you best do that, whether it is 20 lb or whatever test lets you tick the grass properly. Also,

with Fred Roumbanis


use the yoyo presentation to keep raising the Rock N Vibe and let- RockNVibe ting it naturally settle to its normal swimming level (de- pending on line used) as you reel it. The Rock N Vibe is an excellent de- sign for that yoyo presenta- tion where you're ripping it up and letting it settle, ripping it up and letting it settle over and over again. If it is a very dense grassy area where you're getting bogged down often, then you will need to switch to braided line. It's just a lot easier to rip a lure out of the grass on braid, but you'll also need to use a much faster approach because the thinner diameter of braid allows a lipless crank to dig deeper into grass than mono or uoro. So you have to reel faster to keep the lure up with braid - and use the yoyo tactic. In relatively grass-free areas, you have to let the sh tell you what retrieve style they want. Sometimes they want it slow and steady, and sometimes they want that yoyo tactic. If there is a cold weather snap or if sh get inactive, I usually like to yoyo it more. That seems to trigger the aggressive nature of bass and get a strike even when they’re inactive. If you watch a bait sh when it is being chased by a bass, the rst thing it does is dart into the grass, under a rock or just dart out of strike range. So you're just trying to mimic that with the yoyo presentation. A craw sh does the same thing too. It tries to dart into the grass out of reach.

Fred Roumbanis favors re tiger color in spring time



March/April 2011