I have fished for 35 years and have never learned crankbaits. I know for a fact that I'm leaving a lot of fish behind but I just don't have confidence in them or any other hard bait for that matter. I fish soft plastics all the time. I would like to fish wih someone that knows what they're doing. We can take my boat and leave all tackle in the truck except cranks. I understand the functions of different bill shapes and that contact with cover is important but just don't ever use them.