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Lure Review


Spro's Fat Papa Squarebill Backfield of #55 & #70


Date: 12/13/18
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Spro
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.83 - GOOD

With each passing year, it seems to grow more difficult to find those good old fashioned balsa wood crankbaits. They take longer to make, generally cost more than injection molded cranks, and are prone to breaking. What most people don't mention too is often times, you have to buy five in order to find two or three that actually catch fish. A lot of the afore mentioned plastic counterparts just don't have the same character as a plug carved out of wood. Either they're a little to skinny, or too smooth, or just not right. Well, Russ Lane, BASS Elite series pro, has designed a bait for Spro with the look and feel of some of those old style balsa wood baits. Let's take a look at Spro's Fat Papa Squarebill.


Spro Fat Papa Squarebill Crankbait Specifications

Type Shallow Crank
Length (55 & 70) 2.17" & 2.75"
Weight (55 & 70) 1/2oz & 3/4oz
Depth 3-5ft
Material Hard Plastic
Colors 8
Hooks (55 & 70) 2x #4 & 2x #2 Gamakatsu Round Bend Trebles
MSRP $12.99


Introducing Spro's Fat Papa Squarebill.


Impressions: Spro's Fat Papa Squarebill Crank is available in two sizes, a 55 (~2.17") and a 70 (~2.75"). They weigh half an ounce (1/2oz) and three quarters of an ounce (3/4oz) respectively. They are more or less the same body size and shape as the standard Fat Papa cranks only the square bill features a thin, circuit board lip that's designed to only take the bait down to three to five feet (3-5ft) depending on the diameter of line you're fishing. Each bait comes with Gamakatsu branded round bend treble hooks.

Ready for some action.

Real World Tests: I fished this bait on board my Ark Rods IVK70MXC matched with my Shimano Chronarch Ci4+ spooled with twelve pound (12lb) Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon.

The Fat Papa Squarebill features a circuit board lip.

Castability: One thing a hard plastic crank will have over its wooden counterpart is castability.

The Fat Papa Squarebill, in both sizes, casts like a bullet. There are some rattles inside the bait, but not likely enough to affect the bait's castability.

Nevertheless, it is very easy to place this bait where you want it. It's especially fun working the smaller 55 in and around visible structure like docks or between tree stumps.

The bait has some nice relief patterns for the gills and pectoral fins.

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