Strike King Targets Both Ends of the Water Column with
Hybrid Hunter Hardbait and Rage Ned Craw
Introduction: Strike King is looking to give anglers new baits for
successfully targeting fish on both ends of the water column this year with the
introduction of the Hybrid Hunter hardbait for shallow water work and the Rage
Ned Craw for bottom finesse.
Hybrid Hunter: Strike King
believes that finding a lure that can provide solutions to several fishing
equations is not easy, and designed the new Hybrid Hunter and Hybrid Hunter Jr.
hardbaits to do exactly that.
Strike King's biggest launch of ICAST is likely the Hybrid
Hunter, a bait that is a cross between various lure types and is designed to
hunt in shallow water
The new Hybrid Hunter and Hybrid Hunter Jr
lures feature a fat bodied, flat sided shape with a unique, “L-Shaped” 90-degree
bill that combine to create a hard thumping, exaggerated hunting action and come
loaded with an extremely loud rattle to attract attention and draw strikes.
The Hybrid Hunter will be available in 3.5" and will dive
from 3-5 feet while the Hybrid Hunter Jr. will be 3" in length and dive from 2-4
Thanks to the shape of the body, the
unique lip design and the buoyancy of the bait, Strike King pro staffer Todd
Castledine said that it is more than a crankbait. “There’s no other bait like it
on the market,” said Castledine. “It can work effectively in situations many
anglers throw a lipless crankbait, a jerkbait, a crankbait or a swimbait.”
Castledine reports that it is one of his
most versatile lures. “I throw it anywhere and around any kind of cover,” he
said. “Because of its design properties, it doesn’t dive at a steep angle, and
quickly rises when paused; it’s the best hardbait I’ve ever thrown around cover
– especially grass.”
The bait will be available in a wide range of forage
The Hybrid Hunter and Hybrid Hunter
Jr. are designed to be fished on heavy line and perform best in the 1 to 5-foot
of water range. Available in two sizes, the Hybrid Hunter and Hybrid Hunter Jr.
are sure to revolutionize your shallow water fishing game. They will be
available in the fall of 2020 and retail for $8.99 each.
The Hybrid Hunter will be armed with a size 2 hook on the
belly and a 4 hook in the tail
Ned Craw: There is no stopping Strike King's Rage
Series and building on the success created with their entry into the Ned Rigging
game back in 2019 the company now introduces the new Rage Ned Craw for the 2021
season. This scaled down 2.75-inch bait will give Ned Rig fans the proven action
of a Rage Craw, but in a package specifically tailored to the popular finesse
Built on the foundation of patented Rage Tail
flange at the claws, the Rage Ned Craw features a sharply ribbed body that is
proportioned to perfectly match the circumference of the Tour Grade Ned Head,
and finished with a flat tail piece to present a streamlined, flush pairing when
rigged. The Rage Tail claws are scaled to match the body, yet an exact
duplication of the Rage Craw family.
Fans of the Rage Craw and the Ned application will get a
new weapon this season with a miniaturized Rage Craw
Crispin Powley, Strike King’s Director of Product
Development said that the Rage Ned Craw presented itself as the obvious
direction to take the product line. “We saw tremendous acceptance of the launch
of our Ned Rig lineup by dealers and anglers last season, so adding to the
lineup made sense,” said Powley. “When we were looking for the next product, we
landed on a version of the Rage Craw because it is the number one selling soft
plastic in our product line, and anglers have begun stepping outside the
straight bodied baits that Ned Rigging started with.”
The new Rage Ned Craw will be available in a wide range of
patterns including Morning Dawn
Powley added that while designed for Ned
Rigging, it is a multi-faceted lure. “The Rage Ned Craw is also great for using
as a trailer on finesse jigs like our Bitsy Bug and Bitsy Flip Jigs,” he said.
“It will also be effective on a drop shot rig, and a number of other finesse
applications; it’s a great bait that anglers will find more uses for than we
envisioned for it.”
The Rage Ned Craw will be available in a variety of
Strike King’s popular colors and will be available in the fall of 2020.