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Lure Review


The Basstar Big Mac, two Spintech Trebles and Special Sauce (continued)

Retrieve: Those same dimples that are designed to improve casting distance have an added benefit once the lure s in the water. The dimples are designed to reduce resistance in the water allowing the lure to get down deeper, quicker. In our tests we had no difficulty getting the Big Mac down to 16-18 foot depths but had to downsize our line from 12lb. to 10lb test to get to 20 feet. This lure can get down quick and you know it the minute the lure starts digging into the ground.


The Big Mac comes loaded with two #2 Spintech hooks

The Big Mac gets down and dirty and there were times when I found mud at the end of the lip when cranking soft cover. This bill is reinforced and can take a lot of damage and while the lureís bills did get scratched up during testing not a single one broke off. The shape of the bill may look like a shovel but what it is essentially able to do is keep the lure in digging position without rolling over when deflected off rocks or submerged timber.


A look inside the bait shows the internal structure and weighting

The Big Mac also exhibits a wider wobble than I originally expected and swings side to side like a fish tail more than most crankbaits. Some anglers prefer a very tight wobbling crankbait and the Big Mac is more in between what you would expect from a cross between a crank and a swimbait when it comes through the water. The bait just plain works and was able to draw strikes when fish were holding deep or tight up against structure.  


The secret sauce is this giant spoon shaped lip

The Big Mac also features a rattle in the rear of the bait which I believe is a nice addition when cranking deeper down or in murky water. This was especially true on the Delta after storms where the water turned from stained to straight up muddy. Here the Red Black Craw was absolute money. In clearer water the SX shad and McAbee Special proved the most effective. If I had to just pick one color that produced more strikes than the others it would have to be the McAbee special which worked well throughout the season in both warm and cold water. The Chartreuse Blue Black didnít entice as many Northern California fish but you can be sure that Iíll be packing this lure the next time I head to El Salto.


The lip not only helps get the lure down quickly but gives the lure the ability to stay upright when digging into the ground

Durability: The Big Mac survived all our tests and even deliberate casts into rocky outcroppings did little to damage the lureís long lip or scratch the baitís finish. The Spintech hooks did their job and helped keep fish on the line as well as added a little extra weight to help get the lure down quickly. The rotating hook design effectively prevents fish from using the hooks as leverage and as a result we didnít have any bending hook issues.


The lures features a slim overall profile

Price & Applications: Like Basstarís other crankbaits the Big Mac retails for $12.99 each, putting it at the higher end of the price band alongside Japanese lure offerings. While more expensive than many crankbaits the Big Mac may very well be worth the extra coin as it does offer anglers something different. Basstar blends innovation into their lure designs and the quality of construction is a mingling of precision and custom lure design.


Some of the patterns look very custom

Just remember that with a lure that runs this deep there will be times when the lure can get hung up occasionally and unfortunately the one thing those Spintech hooks donít do is make it a whole lot easier to break free from those atrocious run-ins with snaggy structure. During the test I lost two lures in the Delta, one of which I was convinced was a mess of dead line twenty feet down. At $12.99 per lure it is certainly harder to break off one of these than a Norman.


The Spintech hooks do a good job keeping fish pinned

The Big Mac is a good investment for those anglers that enjoy cranking deep down, not only is it an effective bait but it is also fun to fish as well. The only real downside right now is the price and the fact there just are not that many patterns to choose from. We would love to see a Tennessee Shad, Pearl White and Rainbow Trout patterned Big Mac in the future.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

 Basstar Big Mac Crankbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Excellent overall construction and use of innovative Spintech hooks 9
Performance This lure gets down and can stay righted even when coming in contact with structure. The Big Mac has a wider wobble than we expected but proved effective for targeting fish holding deep 8.5
Price On the more expensive side the Big Mac is priced in between competing domestic brand baits and Japanese lures 7
Features Plenty of features for a crankbait including that massive lip and Spintech hooks as well as a rattle 8
Design (Ergonomics) This is a rather heavy crankbait and a heavier rod is best for fishing this lure, the Spintech hooks help anglers get the fish that strike 8.5
Application Good for targeting deep fish, even though we like the current patterns a few extra patterns would help make it easier to match the hatch 8

Total Score

8.16
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Well designed and good for targeting deep holding fish - A little on the expensive side
+ Quality Spintech hooks - More color patterns would help anglers coast to coast match the hatch
+ Durable lip keeps lure running straight even after contact with structure  
+ Great for deep cranking fans  
+ Quality construction blends innovation with custom lure design  



The Big Mac has a number of interesting attributes and the formula all comes together in a lure that is both effective and fun to fish when targeting deep holding bass

 

Conclusion: You know Randyís loviní it, thereís no doubt he knows how to crank and it seems he knows how to design a bait to address his favorite technique as well. Randy and Basstar have infused the Big Mac with a number of attributes that make it ideal for working deep holding fish. From the long casting ability which allows this bait to cover vast amounts of water to the wide wobble and loud rattle to call up fish this bait is one of the most interesting crankbaits to be released in quite some time and while the bait does sport numerous quality features the secret sauce is the huge spoon designed lip. This lip not only gets the bait where it needs to go but is able to hold up to an assault from the depths and keep the lure upright and stay in the zone. To sum it all up the Big Mac has two all Spintech hooks, special sauce in the form of a well designed lip, non-cheesy custom looking finishes all served up on a three inch long durable plastic body.

 

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