Plenty of lures will fool a bass, but few allow anglers to cover all the bases like crankbaits do.

To hear Longview bass pro Jim Tutt tell it, heading to the lake without a few crankbaits handy would be like setting out on a cross-country trek without a spare tire for his boat trailer. You might make the trip just fine, but you could have a blowout that leaves you stranded.

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by email at mattwillwrite4u@yahoo.com.

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