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Is there a huge difference between cheap and expensive squarebill crankbaits?
Jun 19, 2021 10:27:08   #
FS Digest
 
I'm looking at either the lunkerhunt impact shock 2.5 which is $7.99 vs the berkley pitbull 5.5 which is $12

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Jun 19, 2021 20:26:49   #
Ron620DVS Loc: Guntersville Alabama
 
FS Digest wrote:
I'm looking at either the lunkerhunt impact shock 2.5 which is $7.99 vs the berkley pitbull 5.5 which is $12

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Definitely more reliable. A case in point is the Megabass Ito Vision 110.

I still carry Smithwick Rogues (Perfect 10) and several Lucky Craft Pointers. Over time we all tend to gravitate to certain favorites.

I would say it's really a case by case basis. There are cheap lures that work well, and expensive lures that aren't

half as effective at catching bass as some much cheaper lures. Most of the time lures in the middle of the spectrum

are your best value lures but there's times where the pricier lures can be worth their money - for example the KVD

1.5 is a solid all around square-bill but when the bass are really hammering them, you can't beat the Megabass S-

Crank or maybe the Booyah Flex 2. Then if you're shore fishing and getting caught up left and right, maybe it

makes more sense to use something cheap since you know you're going to lose a few.

No and yes. This is is topic that comes up a few times a year and the easy answer is no. But there are some

lures that I dialed in and have very specific actions, hooks, and colors that are flat out fish catchers. I.e. megabass

and lucky craft hard-baits. And by the same token, there are some more affordable lures that offer great results

and are truly gems. The Old Luck E Strike jerk baits were dynamite. And could be found for $7.99. Rapala and

Spro makes a great product and most of the time costs a lot less than the JDM lures. I could get by with them.

Then there are old faith-fulls like the rogues and bomber lures that are fairly cheap and still catch fish. Its a lot to

figure out. Soft plastic lures is a bit of a different animal to me, it's still hard to beat anything made by zoom,

yum, and strike King and Rage (also strike king) there's a lot of soft plastic out there that are more expensive and

some that are flat out cheap, you have to find what works best for you in the way you present the lure.

However, with a little time on the water. You can easily sort it out. Like most anglers, I began fishing the less

expensive lures and found what I like. In some cases I found some high cost lures that seem to get bit more on

certain techniques and the way I fish them, but I've also noticed that there are some cheaper classics that I keep
coming back to.

For example, I've tried at least 7 or 8 frogs, and I honestly just went back to buying the Pad Crasher. Its one of

the cheaper ones, cost has nothing to do with it, it just performs better IMO than it's more expensive counterparts..

Lures don't have to be expensive, there are several cheaper versions that will catch fish. But sometimes you just

want to drive a Cadillac, i.e, the Vision 110, a Bling Spinner bait versus a SK, jackal TN 70 vs SK red eye shad (which is an awesome bait.

Certain baits like swimbaits and A RIGS; I would pay a bit more and get a quality lure that would last.

So my answer is yes and no. At the end of the day, you have to be one the fish, and you have to present it to

them in way as to get a strike. they don't care whether that jig is $2.75 at Walmart or 6.00 dirty jig with custom
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Jun 20, 2021 18:56:41   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
I think the biggest difference between high$ n cheap are the hooks. Take best lure with junk hooks you have a junk bait. Take a low$ n a high $ to clear water and compare the action then decided which you want.

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Jun 20, 2021 19:46:20   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
I have found that most expensive lures swim well right out of the box. Most cheaper lures, especially the foreign ones (Japan exception) need to be tweaked and tuned. Tuning cost nothing. Just fish with a needle nose pliers in your pocket. You will need it anyway, as high end lures get bent eyes with use.

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Jun 20, 2021 19:50:58   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
Foreign lures are copies. The designers go by what they see, not weight and movement. As a result the lures often work like crap. Be willing to play with hook sizes and weights. You may just turn a one or two dollar lure into a fish killer.

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Jun 20, 2021 19:51:19   #
DCGravity Loc: Fairfax, VA
 
Grizzly 17 wrote:
I think the biggest difference between high$ n cheap are the hooks. Take best lure with junk hooks you have a junk bait. Take a low$ n a high $ to clear water and compare the action then decided which you want.

From my experience, Megabass wires are too soft and easily bent; can't speak to other JDM cranks though. I replace all my Megabass trebles with their Gamy equivalent. Other than that, the designs are unbelievably realistic and flat out catch fish.

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Jun 20, 2021 21:10:33   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
DCGravity wrote:
From my experience, Megabass wires are too soft and easily bent; can't speak to other JDM cranks though. I replace all my Megabass trebles with their Gamy equivalent. Other than that, the designs are unbelievably realistic and flat out catch fish.


DC i was out Thur n had some new brand name crankbaits. The smaller ones had. IMO wrong sz trebles. They'd get tangled. I'll take care of that problem. I've picked up some of wnarts $1.00 spinnerbaits. Sharpen the hook put on a good trailer. Sometimes a new skirt. If i lose it it the slop i haven't lost a high $ one. I'm not paying$20 or more for a lure.

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Jun 20, 2021 21:14:00   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
Grizzly 17 wrote:
DC i was out Thur n had some new brand name crankbaits. The smaller ones had. IMO wrong sz trebles. They'd get tangled. I'll take care of that problem. I've picked up some of wnarts $1.00 spinnerbaits. Sharpen the hook put on a good trailer. Sometimes a new skirt. If i lose it it the slop i haven't lost a high $ one. I'm not paying$20 or more for a lure.


Picked this up at ollies discount for $5. Last yr picked up some big swim baits $7 regular price was over $20.

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Jun 20, 2021 22:05:49   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
Grizzly 17 wrote:
Picked this up at ollies discount for $5. Last yr picked up some big swim baits $7 regular price was over $20.



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