Lure Junkie – Cranka Crabs
If you use Facebook, you’ve seen the Memes. The Cranka Crab had a following for some good and not so good reasons but boy, how a good product can turn around some negative press. There is no doubt that the Cranka Crab demonstrates some good old fashioned innovation and innovation takes time to develop.
|Type:||Crab… Stick Bait…. Vibe… (watch this space!)|
|Material:||Plastic + Foam + Tungsten|
|Size:||18mm @ 3.9g and 18mm @ 5.9g|
|Cost:||$20.95 from www.fishin.com.au|
What has worked best?
The technique for success with the Cranka Crab demonstrates how innovative this product is. Besides soft plastics, I would never conceive just “dead sticking” a hard bait before but this one comes pretty close. Just keep a close eye on your line because the takes that I had were subtle to the point of not seeing them.
The technique I found most successful was just to flick the slack line. Fishing fluorocarbon means there is plenty of stretch, which I feel is a huge advantage with these baits. The stretch means that any action is subdued by the time it reaches the lure and with the Crab, it means those floating foam arms get the slightest of shock waves. “Flick the slack line”? I mean have a bit of belly in the line and just gently flick the line until it tightens, so gently that just having tight line for a brief second seemed to be enough to get the arms going.
There is zero doubt that Cranka have delivered an innovative product to rival many of the lure innovations to date. The delays and hype meant that I was going to wait before I dove into another type of lure but the detail and innovation meant that I wasn’t kept away for long.
The initial release was met with plenty of success (I mean a heap of success), so stock has been very very limited (read: like finding hens teeth). This means the second and subsequent batches are likely to sell fast. The best technique to guarantee success – buy them fast, buy them early and work out how to fish ‘em later.
|Construction and Quality:||My only thoughts are that with the original release “some assembly is required”. The second batch seems to be fine though (not saying that I experienced ANY issues with the first batch)||8|
|Performance:||They’ve worked well… I can’t say any more than that or else people will think I’m working for Cranka||9|
|Price:||It’s hard to compare against a similar product because there are so few or so many similar products but no direct competition||8|
|Features:||As I got braver and braver, I kept throwing these snag resistant bream lollies into gnarlier and gnarlier territory. The outcome after a few lost lures, the floating hooks are not 100% snag proof but are very snag resistant||7|
|Design (Ergonomics): 10||Find me a similar bait that is this well thought out and I’ll show you a 9.||10|
|Application:||Throw ‘em at rocky points, throw ‘em at pontoons, throw ‘em on the flats… if the fish are there, these things will catch them.|