Featured Bait: Berkley Digger 6.5 Crankbait - Major League Fishing

Featured Bait: Berkley Digger 6.5 Crankbait

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April 20, 2021 • MLF • Champions Club

Designed to dive down quickly, the Berkley Digger 6.5 Crankbait delivers an aggressive action and a lifelike detailing that big fish will destroy. Perfect for fishing steep banks, the Berkley Digger is fitted with a durable, angled bill, which gives it a tighter angle of descent and allows for more time to be spent in the strike zone.

Built with a chunky profile, the Berkley Digger generates an aggressive wobble and a seductive side flash that demands attention. Fitted with two razor-sharp Fusion19 treble hooks, the Berkley Digger delivers an aggressive action that triggers a voracious feeding response.

How to Rig

Berkley pro Bobby Lane recommends a few different rod types for the Berkley Digger depending on the type of structure being fished. When covering hard bottom or rock, a 7-foot medium, moderate-action Abu Garcia Veritas or Veracity series rod is the ideal choice. For fishing submerged grass, he opts for a 7-foot-2 medium, fast-action Veracity. To trigger a strike, chose a fast rod tip that will allow the Digger 6.5 to be “snapped” out of the grass. Typically, Bobby’s line choice is 10-pound 100% fluorocarbon.

How to Fish

The Berkley Digger excels in a variety of situations and most notably around rock and grass. The Digger shines in temperatures above 60 degrees. It may be better to opt for bait equipped with a tighter wobble, such as the Berkley Dredger or Frittside series, when temperatures drop below 60 degrees in the late fall or early spring. Rocky banks, rock piles, docks, grass and “shallow ledges with a short drop” are Bobby’s favorite areas to throw the Berkley Digger. He stresses the importance of fishing this around the top of deeper grass and “snapping” the bait out of the grass in order to generate strikes.

Featured Pro: Bobby Lane

Bobby Lane is one of only two anglers in the world who can claim to be a World Champion and a Bassmaster Elite Series winner.

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