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Megabass's Latest Lure of Unusual Size. - the Big M7.5

 

Date: 11/16/20
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Megabass of America
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.00 - GREAT

Introduction:
It's been a little bit since we've had a bait product worthy of our Lures of Unusual Size (L.O.U.S.) designation. Megabass enters the fray with their new Big M7.5 crankbait. A four and a half inch (4.5") plug designed to hit depths of up to twenty four feet (24') and swim there without tearing out your rotator cuff. Is it as effective as claimed? Let's find out.

 

Megabass Big M7.5 Crankbait Specifications

Type Deep Diver
Length 4.5"
Weight 2 1/8oz
Depth 24 feet
Material Plastic
Colors 13
Hooks #1
MSRP

$29.99

 


Introducing Megabass's Big M7.5

 

Impressions: In the world of big, oversized baits, Megabass's Big M7.5 sits firmly between Strike King's 10XD and Lucky Craft's SKT Mag DR. In fact, it's closer in length to the latter while being slimmer than both. The bait's body measures four and a quarter inches (4.25") and the diving bill adds another two and a half inches (2.5"). The Big M7.5's slim shoulders make the bait feel less massive than it actually is.


The Big M7.5 is the latest bait to fall under our category of L.O.U.S.

Real World Tests: I threw this bait on a few different setups but found a strange comfort zone when I had it tied onto the end of a swimbait combo - my Kistler KLX710XXH paired with my Abu Garcia's Beast X to be exact. For line, I was using some Seaguar Smackdown 50lb braid.


Billed as a bait with flat sides, you can see here, this bait does have some curves to it

Castability: There are baits that cast well and then there are baits that simply launch as you lift the thumb off the spool of your casting reel. As if this bait is not hefty enough on its own, Megabass equips the Big M7.5 with an internal moving balancer system of not one, not two, but three weighted bearings that slide to the rear of the bait as you make your cast. The result is a bait that flies straight and true to surprising distances. I had a lot of fun with this bait simply launching it cast after cast and seeing how far I could get it out there.


It's actually narrow at the top, and wide at the bottom

Dive Time: Once splash down does occur, the Big M7.5 goes to work right away on the turn of your reel's handle. Rated at twenty four feet (24') of diving depth, I'm not sure I was quite getting that far down, but the diameter of my line was not ideal for reaching maximum depth. By my estimation, seventeen to twenty (17-20) feet was about right with my rod, reel, and line combo while fishing this bait.


The diving bill is two and a half inches long by itself

The nice thing about the Big M7.5 is it won't wear you down as you crank. Resistance is good, but not to the point where you struggle bringing it back - unless you're dredging bottom or pulling it through weeds. That happened quite a few times in my experience with this bait which is why I was glad to be fishing it on straight braid.


But it's not super wide

I found the Megabass Big M7.5 to be quite affective, actually, retrieving it through some deep weed beds, getting it caught, and simply shaking it so those internal weights would rattle. I got a couple of bass to help me free the bait from the weeds fishing it in this manner.


See those three bearings in the belly?

When caught up on the bottom in rocky environments, the Big M7.5 is relatively easy to free. It's very buoyant so a snap of the line and slack will sometimes allow the bait to back up and float out of its ensnarement, but I had more consistent results by simply guiding the boat to the other side of the snag spot and changing the angle on the line to pull the bait back out.


They slide to the back of the bait during the cast to help the Big M7.5 rocket through the air

Design/Ergonomics: Megabass's Big M7.5 is available in about thirteen different colors that are signature Megabass. Described by the manufacturer as having flat sides, I don't classify the bait as a flat sided crank because the bait's sides taper out from top to bottom. This gives it a kind of triangular cross section that's a-typical of traditional flat sided cranks. This triangular shape is like what gives the bait that easier cranking action than other large, deep diving plugs.


I am continually impressed when fish hit a bait down deep.

Price & Application: Priced at $29.99 a copy, Megabass's Big M7.5 is a premium L.O.U.S. for sure, but that's pretty much part and parcel with the manufacturer and frankly, part of their charm. Otherwise, if you're looking for a larger than normal bait profile to explore the depths with, this bait performs very well in that task.

Ratings:

Megabass Big M7.5 Crankbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Clean, well detailed bodies 9
Performance Casting performance is phenomenal and easy to crank 9
Price Somewhat reasonable for Megabass, but still premium 6.5
Features Internal balance system, sharp hooks, uniquely shaped cross section 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Colors are typical Megabass 8
Application A very good option for deep dive applications 8

Total Score

8.00
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Super easy bait to launch - Priced at a premium
+ Comes through the water with minimal resistance  
+ Big profile helps cull out smaller fish  


It's almost as fun casting this bait as it is catching fish with it - almost

Conclusion: This bait had me on that first cast. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't what happened as I watched the bait sail through the air on that first swing of the rod. With most baits, you want to be able and cast them as far as possible, but with a deep diving crank, this is especially true. It's simple really. The further you can cast the bait, the better your chances are for reaching that maximum running depth and the more of that strike zone you can cover. If you're a fan of big, beefy cranks, or as I like to call them, lures of unusual size, Megabass's Big M7.5 is worth a cast, or five.

 

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