“The lure looks completely erratic as it moves through the water like this,” Iaconelli points out, “and that’s what gets the attention of a bass. It doesn’t look natural so the fish must instinctively think it’s injured and can be an easy meal.
“We don’t really know any of this for certain, but I do know speed and change of direction have certainly caught a lot of bass for me over the years.”
Iaconelli also advises using crankbaits that run slightly deeper than the actual depth being fished so they will hit bottom cover, and he recommends using fluorocarbon line, which will not only help a crankbait dive to its maximum depth but also enhance the lure’s action.
“I have tested crankbaits with different lines in my uncle’s swimming pool and retrieved the same lures with 10 pound fluorocarbon and 10 pound monofilament,” says the Yamaha angler, “and the difference in lure action with fluorocarbon is immediately noticeable.”
“Depending on the size of the bass you’re after, 10 to perhaps 15 pound fluorocarbon should be fine.”
At Lake Guntersville, Iaconelli fished eight to 12 feet of water, and all four of his crankbaits would easily hit the bottom on a long cast. Even though the rocky bottom was surrounded by vegetation, he’s convinced deflecting his crankbaits erratically off the rocks was the most important aspect of his pattern, and he accomplished this by reeling as fast as possible.
With total catches of well over 60 fish each tournament day, it’s hard to argue with his success. Post spawn bass are notoriously hard to catch at times, but the Yamaha pro’s speed and change of direction tactics are certainly worth remembering.