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The Easy Cranking, Deep Diving Megabass Deep Six (continued)

Casting: Just about every hard plastic crank bait on the market today benefits from some type of internal weight transfer system to maximize the lure’s performance in casting. In the case of the Deep Six, we’re talking about a single, large, one fifth of an ounce tungsten ball that shifts from the front of the bait during a retrieve to the back of the bait during the cast.

Megabass recommends their very own F4.5-711GTA Ultimate Cranking stick for this bait.

The results are rather predictable performance during a cast as that tungsten ball shoots to the back of the bait, shifting the Deep Six’s momentum into the direction of your cast resulting in long and reasonably accurate casts with minimal tumbling.

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Retrieve: Once your bait hits the water and you begin your retrieve, that tungsten ball shifts forward to a point just about between the bait’s eyes. This shift facilitates the bait’s quick diving action achieved with a minimal wobble. The Deep Six’s bill is narrower than that of baits like the Normal DD22 and Lucky Craft D-20 so resistance in the water as the bait is diving is very minimal. In fact, there’s so little resistance it’s easy to become skeptical of the is really diving down or not.

On each cast, the internal tungsten ball shoots to the back of the bait.

The interesting thing with the Deep Six is, there’s a third position for that tungsten ball. Once you do hit bottom and the bill deflects off an object, the ball shifts to its running position which is a spot just behind the eyes. The significance of this is that while the ball is locked into that third position chamber it’s not stationary. Instead, there’s another channel within that chamber allowing the ball to run side to side as the bait is moving along the bottom. This movement enhancing the bait’s wobbling action and creates a single knock thumping sound.

When it's time to dive, the ball slides all the way forward.

While you cannot really hear this thumping through your line, you can certainly feel the bait dancing and wobbling from side to side once maximum running depth is achieved. Additionally, as you bring the bait over, around, and through the bottom lying structure, the shifting tungsten ball makes the bait behave erratically and unpredictably as it deflects off rocks, stumps, and anything else it runs into. This is where the majority of your strikes will come with this bait.

Once running depth is reached, the ball shifts slightly back to a third chamber where it rocks back and forth making the bait swim erratically while giving off a knocking sound.

Estimated Running Depth: Maximum running depth with any crank bait, but with deep diving cranks especially depends on a couple of factors – the length of your cast, and the diameter of the line with which you’re fishing. The longer the cast, and the thinner the line, the deeper your crank will run. To help achieve maximum casting distance, most anglers rely on seven foot eleven to eight foot long sticks.

Kenichi Iida of Megabass of America showing his catch.

Megabass, naturally recommends their F4.5-711GTA Ultimate Cranking stick. It’s a seven foot eleven foot composite blank rod designed for baits like their very own “Deep” series. We fished this bait on that very rod with reels ranging from Daiwa Japan’s Zillion Dream 5.3L to Abu Garcia’s Revo Winch to Shimano Japan’s Conquest 51DC. We also fished a variety of lines on these reels settling on 10lb Sunline Supernatural Nylon Monofilament.

Here comes another one.

Megabass of America execs  Yuskei Murayama and Kenichi Iida were throwing this bait on the same rod, but matched with a Megabass FX68L and Shimano Calais 100a respectively, each spooled with 12lb Sunline Supernatural.

Yuskei Murayama with another Clear Lake Deep Six fish.

We fished rocky points and submerged islands on Clear Lake, California with depths ranging from eight out to thirty feet. The strategy, was to cast up shallow and drag the Deep Six out to our position in deeper water. The average running depth where we’d hit bottom and catch fish was roughly sixteen to eighteen feet.

From left to right, a comparison of diving bills : Lucky Craft D-20, Megabass Deep Six, Norman DD22.

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