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Bring Up the Lunkers With Gan Craft's S-Caper Topwater (continued)

Features: S-Capers are available in both fixed-weight silent versions and models with internal tungsten knockers. My test lure was configured without the noise makers, but just like other baits in this series it boasts other notable features like realistic detailing, robust hook hangars and split rings, strong and sharp #2 Owner hooks, as well as a removable clip attached to the front line tie.

This bait is all about the detailing.

Design and Ergonomics: I like the not-too-big sizing of the S-Caper. I do wish it was a tad lighter so more rods could toss it, but that's not a big issue. Compared to the popular Black Dog Lunker Punker, the Gan Craft weighs in about the same as a 5-inch injected model, yet is less than half the weight of the 6-inch wood bait. You won't need a specialized rod to throw the S-Caperójust one that can handle the heft, yet still has at least a little flexibility in the tip. There's six colors in the silent series and six colors in the rattling series, all available in the same size of 5-1/2 inches.

Held up to light, the four fixed rear weights become visible.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Gan Craft S-Caper

Bait to Bait Consistency (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Realism (1-5)
Available Sizes (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

What are you lookin' at?

Application: Pick up one of these for drop-shotting in deep water. Just kidding. Really though, this is a nice buy if you want to do some big bass prospecting on the surface. Due to the bait being big but not too big, this means that it'll also appeal to the occasional smaller fish as well. I caught a couple 2-pounders on it, but most bites were 3-pounds or better. If you're into chasing big stripers or hunting down inshore fish like big jacks and snook, the S-Caper would be a slick choice.

The underside is clean and smooth.

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):

Gan Craft S-Caper Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Quality, quality, quality 10
Performance Sweet action overall but the bait took me a bit of extra concentration to master 8.4
Price Mine ran $36.99....far pricier than similarly-sized and weighted products like Lucky Craft's big Gunfish 135 or an Injected Lunker Punker 5.5
Features All the features needed for success and a smart internal weighting system 9
Design (Ergonomics) Comes in only one size but there's 12 colors and rattling and non-rattling versions available 7.69
Application Topwater fishing with an emphasis on bigger fish....don't overlook throwing it in deeper water since its size will motivate fish to move a bit more to eat it 5

Total Score

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 made - For me it requires added concentration to maintain a steady action
+ Fish-catching action - Price
+ Great stock hardware Mine ran $36.99....far pricier than similarly-sized and weighted products like Lucky Craft's big Gunfish 135 or an Injected Lunker Punker
+ Rattling and non-rattling available  
+ It's a Gan Craft!  

This nice specimen crushed the Gan Craft next to a bridge piling

Conclusion: Catching bass is one thing, but catching them on topwater is ten times sweeter. The Gan Craft S-Caper gives anglers a premium product that has demonstrated its fish-catching prowess to me numerous times. If you live near waters that hold some better-than-average fish, give a large bait like the S-Caper a shot and see what you come up with!

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