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Try throwing out crankbaits to catch more panfish

In this episode of Northland Outdoors, host Chad Koel shares his expertise and his favorite crankbaits for catching all kinds of fish — and lots of them.

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Chad Koel talks about his Rapala X-Rap jerkbait. "The panfish just love it," he says.
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If you are looking to catch more panfish, don't forget about crankbaits. As an alternative to live bait and plastics, smaller crankbaits may be your best bet.

In this episode of Northland Outdoors, host Chad Koel shares his expertise and his favorite crankbaits for catching all kinds of fish — and lots of them.

"Crankbaits are rarely thought of when it comes to panfish, but they can be extremely effective, especially for finding active fish," Koel says. "So when it comes to crankbaits, all manufacturers make the smaller sizes — the panfish size sizes just got to look for him in the sporting goods store."

Koel explains his favorite lure and the techniques he uses to attract more fish.

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Chad Koel holds a bluegill he caught using a crankbait.
Contributed / Chad Koel

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