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Features: The S-Crank comes in three different sizes with running depths rated from four to six and a half feet depending on the model. Colors are all very impressive as you'd expect from Megabass with at least one ghost (MB Phantom) and one foil like (Kinkuro) finish to complement the mostly solid patterns. All baits run relatively silent.

Features Ratings for Megabass S-Crank

Depth Options (1-3)
Sound Options (1-2)
Misc (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
Solid (1-2)
"Ghost" (1-2)
Foil (1-2)

One downside of the 1.2 size - the hooks can foul during a cast.

Design/Ergonomics: Consistency from bait to bait within our test batch has been very good and the weights are all manageable. Detailing of the bait's head and the patterning of the body are really good as well with the only complaint being the hook spacing on these baits. The hooks - on the 1.2 anyway can foul the cast. The 2.0 does not have this issue, so it could just be inherent with the 1.2's small size.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Megabass S-Crank

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

Any guesses as to my favorite color in this bait?

Application: On the very first day testing this bait, Zander and I both tied on an S-Crank and fished it down a bank on Clear Lake, CA. It was a bank we'd never fished before and one where we'd never really saw anyone fish in the past. What drew us to the spot was the amount of rock along the shoreline and how it continued into the water. We thought, what the heck. About mid way down the bank we started catching a bunch of undersized bass and chalked it up to their over aggressive nature together with the smallish size of our bait - we were fishing the 1.2 S-Crank.

Zander landed this channel cat while testing on Clear Lake.

Before long, those small fish started getting bigger and bigger until capped off by a 7lb largemouth! We paused for a bit for our necessary photos, returned the fish to the water, and lined up for another run down that same bank. The schoolies were still there and then Zander hooked into a beast that turned out to be a huge channel cat. Later that same run, I ran into one of those too! Then later, Zander even hooked a sunfish! The S-Crank proved to us it's a true multi-species bait.

Even sunfish like this bait!


Megabass S-Crank Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality These baits are constructed very well 9.0
Performance Only thing we can nitpick is the bait's tendency to tumble on a cast 8.4
Price Affordable for Megabass, but still up there compared to everyone else 7.5
Features Pretty solid in this department with the baits primary feature hidden right in plain sight - the shape of its head is what gives the bait the erratic action 7.86
Design (Ergonomics) Aside from the occasional hook fouling on the smaller 1.2 size, everything else is very good 7.78
Application Made specifically for shallow water presentations and performs very well for a variety of species 8

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!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ A truly effective bait - Hooks can foul on smaller size
+ Megabass color scheme is always a plus - Bait can tumble during cast
+ The 1.2 and 1.5 are UNDER $20  

Conclusion: Cranking square bills in relatively shallow water has to be one of the most fun techniques for catching largemouth bass - and even smallies and spots if they're biting. Fishing a hand carved, hand painted, and hand tuned wood bait takes the experience to an entirely different level. Now Megabass has managed to capture that magic in a bait that works well right out of the box minus the inconsistencies one experiences with wooden cranks.


First day testing + big fish = big smiles!


Crank it fast on the manufacturer recommended 7.4:1 reel, or experiment like I did with reels of different speeds to find just about the same rate of success. The key is to let the S-Crank work its magic both through a structure laden bottom and right over the top of some structure in slightly deeper water. As the photos in this article will attest, this bait is difficult to not want to tie on, toss out, and crank up. It has easily made this Editor's Choice.


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