New Crankbaits for 2016 - ICAST

Some good-looking crankbaits were released at the 2015 ICAST fishing tackle show

SPRO Little John 50 and Aruku Shad 75 Color Additions

SPRO has added some sexy-looking colors to their popular Little John 50 and Aruku Shad 75 models. They’re now available in Western Chartreuse Black Back, Western Craw, Delta Chrome and Delta Craw. 

Booyah One Knocker and Hard Knocker

Same exact lures as the XCalibur Rattle Baits, just in a different package. They’re available in 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4-ounce sizes, 8 core colors and retail for $6.99.

Bandit Mistake Series

You’ll find a different color pattern on each side of these crankbaits. Run down a riprap wall with one color, turn your boat around and the fish see another color. Pretty cool concept! The 100 series runs 2 to 5 feet, the 200 series runs 4 to 8 feet and the 300 series runs 8 to 12 feet. 

Strike King Red Eyed Tungsten 2-Tap

Two tungsten balls create a deeper done and aid in castability. Flutters exactly horizontal on the fall, is available in 1/2 and 3/4-ounce sizes and are the same price as the original Red Eye Shad. Available now at Tackle Warehouse

Berkley Bad Shad

A tight-swimming crankbait with a unique roll that casts very well on casting gear. David Fritts designed these plastic Berkley crankbaits to behave similarly to balsa lures. It’s priced at $6.99 and comes in a 5 and 7 size. Available for pre-order at Tackle Warehouse

Berkley War Pig

Lipless crankbait with a unique square nose that helps it deflect well off of cover. It has a very skinny spine to it, which is actually what gives it its vibration. Available in 1/4 and 1/2-ounce sizes and priced at $6.99 and available for pre-order here

Berkley Wild Thang

Perfect for throwing in 10 feet or less, this crankbait has a coffin-shaped bill that deflects well. Fritts also designed this crankbait to have a wide hunting action without blowing out at high speeds. Priced at $6.99 and available for pre-order

Berkley Pit Bull

Squarebill crankbait that dives to 5 1/2 feet on thin-diameter fishing line. Fritts designed this not to blow out at high speeds and spent 2 weeks in the Berkley testing tank perfecting its 1 1/2-foot wide hunting action. Priced at $6.99 and available for pre-order

Berkley Digger

Available in a 6.5 and 8.5 model, this crankbait is said to have a lot of roll and vibration throughout the retrieve. Designed for river, tidal water and spring scenarios, it casts well and floats slowly. Priced at $6.99 and available for pre-order

Rapala Custom HD Color Series

This new color series is available on all of Rapala’s wood crankbaits. Foil is wrapped around the bait before the HD print is added. Before packaging, each lure is also dipped in clear coat for added color depth and durability. 

Storm Arashi Rattling Deep

Available in both 18 and 25-foot models, this is a fairly small crankbait to dive so deep. It features minimum body roll for maximum depth retention, a single rattle, a circuit board lip and its popular self-tuning line tie. 

Megabass Grenade

Megabass Fermata

This lipless crankbait suspends. So when you rip it out of the grass, you can pause it and let it sit a second to draw vicious reaction strikes.

Megabass I-Jack

This bait will wake the surface but remains several inches under the surface. So you get a good waking action out it but it has a better profile to the bass.

Jackall Jaco MR

Magnetic weight transfer, inner scale design for a unique flash and it dives 6 to 8 feet. Comes with Gamakatsu treble hooks and available in 8 colors. Priced at $14.99. 

Ever Green SH-3

2.5-sized squarebill that only runs 2 to 3 feet deep. It features a weight transfer system, a high deflection rate and a very heavy thump. 

Ever Green WH-8

8-foot diving crankbait that’s silent and excels in late-winter and early spring conditions. It’s said to hunt hard and stay true. Also available with colored bills. 

Livingston Howeller Deep Plus

Dives to 30 feet and according to Hank Cherry, you can come close to spooling a reel on a long cast. It features all 3 EBS sounds (original, shad and crawfish) and is designed to come through cover easily. Available now at Tackle Warehouse

Livingston Flat Master

Flat-sided crankbait that features a tight wiggling action and dives to 8 feet. Has all 3 EBS sounds and is available in 12 different colors. 

LIVETARGET Shad Baitball Series 

Available in a rattle bait, squarebill and round-billed crankbait. The rattlebait comes in two sizes, the TRB-100 and TRB-90 and 6 colors. The squarebill comes in two sizes, TBB-85 and TBB-75 and 7 colors. The round-billed crankbait comes in three sizes, TDD-90, TDD-80 and TDD-70 and 8 colors. 

Rat-L-Trap Echo 1.75

This squarebill crankbait maintains that famous, original Rat-L-Trap sound and is designed to come through cover easily. It dives 3 to 5 feet and it’s said to hunt very well. Available in 15 colors, comes with Mustad Triple Grip Trebles and it’s priced at $7.99. 

Yellow Bird CF705 

We saw this crankbait in the New Product Showcase and we made sure to track it down during the show. It dives 1 to 3 feet, has an oval-shaped line tie and an internal weight transfer system. Good-looking holographic foil and it’s priced at $5.99. 

DUO Realis G87 15A 

Dives 14-16 feet, casts well due to internal weight transfer system and dives quickly thanks to a steep-pitched lip. It’s also said to have very little torque throughout the retrieve. 

DUO Realis Adds New Colors

Three new colors added to the crankbait lines at DUO: Hypnotic, Red Tiger and Chartreuse Gill Halo. 

Old School Balsa Wesley Strader Series

Handmade and hand-painted flat-sided balsa crankbaits available in W1 series (0 to 4 feet), W2 series (0 to 6 feet) and W3 (0 to 8 feet). Quality treble hooks, a premium circuit board lip, hunts well and available in 8 colors. Also worth noting, everything is made in the USA. 


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