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So with it being the cold weather months again, what's everyone's favorite shad style crankbaits? The #5 Shad Rap and Glass Rap, #6 Storm Smash Shad, and the impossible to find Duo Shad 62DR are my favorites but with 2 of those 4 getting hard to find I'm looking for other options.

 

 

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Berkley Bad Shad has worked well for me, in Perch.

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The Bagley Balsa Shads are great lure. A bit pricy but worth a look at. Not sure what you mean by finesse shad. The Bagley are one size as far as I’ve been able to buy. I enjoy fishing the Shad style baits, on a typical day of throwing them I fish a wide range of patterns, sizes, manufactures and jointed versions. I love how the jointed versions of the Rapalas will catch fish on a tough bite day. They seem to always make something happen. 

12 minutes ago, Tizi said:

Berkley Bad Shad has worked well for me, in Perch.

I have to agree with that 100% also. The flicker shads is a decent Shad but I find I have to tune them almost all the time when new.  Look into some Strike Kings. A bit tough to find. But you should be able to set yourself up with a good amount of quality shads. 

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13 minutes ago, Spankey said:

 Not sure what you mean by finesse shad. 

A smaller shad profile bait, lighter than a standard crankbait, probably going to fish them on a spinning rod and 8lb test. 

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Can't really help you there. My all time favorite is an old slow-rising, Tom Seward-designed Natural-Ike, that I "bluegill-ized".  I only have 2 left! :surprised:

 

Most of what I have liked, besides the Shad-Rap, aren't made anymore. I've liked the X-Rap Shad (suspending) but... I don't see them out there either now. Got one of those left.

 

I'm sure there are a lot of good flat-sides out there. I'm just not up on it. Still throwing the "old timers", that aren't really... all that old. 

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Have you looked at the Jackal Soul Shad?

 

Allen

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Jointed shad rap

 

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3 hours ago, Paul Roberts said:

Can't really help you there. My all time favorite is an old slow-rising, Tom Seward-designed Natural-Ike, that I "bluegill-ized".  I only have 2 left! :surprised:

 

Most of what I have liked, besides the Shad-Rap, aren't made anymore. I've liked the X-Rap Shad (suspending) but... I don't see them out there either now. Got one of those left.

 

I'm sure there are a lot of good flat-sides out there. I'm just not up on it. Still throwing the "old timers", that aren't really... all that old. 

 

I have some Natural Ikes, can't remember if they're bluegill or crappie colored. They're deeper runners than that one I believe though. Rapala still makes the X rap shad though.

 

3 hours ago, Munkin said:

Have you looked at the Jackal Soul Shad?

 

Allen

Hadn't heard of it but it looks similar to the Duo, I like that.

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I do t know if you’re looking for shallow or deeper. I grabbed a couple strike king lucky shads on Black Friday as an impulse buy. Only fished it once but so far I like it. They run 6-8 feet. 

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My favorite small diving crankbait is Megabass X100 in starburst Shad, 3/8 oz. * discontinued and hard to find

Most over looked may be the Storm/Rapala Thin Fin 06 Shad 2 1/2"

Tom

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My current favorite finesse crank is the Bagley Rattlin' Honey B.  This little jewel is only 1/4 oz and 1-1/2 inches long. I caught some very nice fish on it too. 

 

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1 hour ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I have some Natural Ikes, can't remember if they're bluegill or crappie colored. They're deeper runners than that one I believe though. Rapala still makes the X rap shad though.

Yeah, mine are med runners. That's good to hear about the X-Rap Shads. I may grab a couple then.

48 minutes ago, WRB said:

My favorite small diving crankbait is Megabass X100 in standard Shad, 3/8 oz.

Most over looked may be the Storm/Rapala Thin Fin 06 Shad 2 1/2"

Tom

Yes, I have some Thinfin's, old and some newer ones. They were the original flat-side, "shad"-style CB. They were a favorite of mine once upon a time. They too are med runners.

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5 hours ago, Paul Roberts said:

Can't really help you there. My all time favorite is an old slow-rising, Tom Seward-designed Natural-Ike, that I "bluegill-ized".  I only have 2 left! :surprised:...

Its funny you mentioned that, yesterday I tied on the only Natural Ike I have left.  It is the smaller size than the one in your picture with the bass pattern imprinted on it, circa 1978 or so.  I find it effective for about 6 weeks starting in December, our winter as far as the bass are concerned.

 

There are some Natural Ikes available on Ebay, some are priced fairly, others are too high.  I keep telling myself to buy a couple before I lose mine...

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12 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

A smaller shad profile bait, lighter than a standard crankbait, probably going to fish them on a spinning rod and 8lb test. 

The SK Red Eye shad lipless crank  in 1/4th oz. and your colors of choice - especially using  a  yo-yo retrieve letting it fall to the bottom .

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My favorite use to be the Suspending Rebel Shad R .I tried throwing   the Shad Raps and it was like casting a potato chip .

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On 12/10/2018 at 5:22 PM, OCdockskipper said:

Its funny you mentioned that, yesterday I tied on the only Natural Ike I have left.  It is the smaller size than the one in your picture with the bass pattern imprinted on it, circa 1978 or so.  I find it effective for about 6 weeks starting in December, our winter as far as the bass are concerned.

 

There are some Natural Ikes available on Ebay, some are priced fairly, others are too high.  I keep telling myself to buy a couple before I lose mine...

Yeah, it's a great plug. One left! :surprised: I've looked on e-bay some but they've been pretty pricey.

 

11 hours ago, scaleface said:

My favorite use to be the Suspending Rebel Shad R .I tried throwing   the Shad Raps and it was like casting a potato chip .

I actually have one of those, but it's the... stable high speed version designed for trolling. I also have some Cordell shads, some Daiwa's, and some Salmo shads. They remain dry as long as the Ikes are still with me. I tend to pack the Ike's and a couple Shad Raps. Ditto the 1/4oz lipless.

 

Lol... that's what I call the "Shad" style CBs: "Potato Chips" bc, my waters don't have many shad, and bc of the way they can "potato chip" against the wind, if I just throw them up in the air. If I release a touch later, they are more apt to "airfoil". I've also weighted some of my Shad-Raps to slow their rise, which helps a bit in the casting.

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Pretty excited to try this little guy out for redfish in particular as the mullet around here are around this size when you cut their bellies open to check the goods out.  2", 1/6oz, 2-4' diving depth.

 

Does anyone have experience with the Berkley Flicker Shad cranks?  I know they're primarily designed for walleye, but do they have the tight wiggle to catch bass this time of year?

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On 12/10/2018 at 12:22 PM, Bluebasser86 said:

A smaller shad profile bait, lighter than a standard crankbait, probably going to fish them on a spinning rod and 8lb test. 

 

Ive always carried these with me for years,for good reason.

 

1/4 oz-#5 hook-4to6ft  SSR07

3/16OZ-#6hook-3to6ft  SSR07

 

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I like the Norman deep baby n and especially like the Rebel deep teeny r.

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On 12/10/2018 at 1:22 PM, Bluebasser86 said:

A smaller shad profile bait, lighter than a standard crankbait, probably going to fish them on a spinning rod and 8lb test. 

My bad on that one. This is the majority of my Crankbait fishing. Just never associated as finesse. But you are correct not only associated with worm and soft plastic fishing. I remove and respool mucho yards of 6# - 8# mono and Fluor over the course of a season. Thanks, good fishing. 

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Berkley Flicker Shad in #5, #6, and #7. Add a size up front hook and they suspend. They cast much better than a Rapala Shad Rap. 

 

Storm Smash shad and Luck-E-Strike Rick Clunn Freak are favs too.

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