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I'm looking for some relatively cheap (maybe $5-10) but effective deep crankbaits. I'm fishing a tournament next weekend in a lake much deeper than I typically fish in. My usual ponds are MAYBE 8-9 feet deep (which is why I don't want to spend a fortune on crankbaits that I can't normally use), but this lake has spots down to 26-30 feet deep. I don't plan on getting THAT deep, but would like to be able to get down below 10'. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!

Dave

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Dicks usually has matzou or how ever its spelled cranks on sale for under 5 bucks there shiny and go deep I pick up a few every now and then. There also running a sale atleast up here on clacking rap and dt cranks 2 for 10 bucks not a bad deal at all

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Strike King 6XD.... Not the best but certainly cheap / effective.

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In terms of cost, Strike Kings are among the best value and reasonably effective as are Norman. Learn to tune your baits and you won't have any problems.

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Bomber Fat Free Shad.. i had my luck in Crawfish color

Jr size dives to 14ft

full size dives to 18ft

we were fishing a lake where the level was up about 12ft over normal stage. i was able to get down to some grass/weeds and some good success.

i was using 8lb McCoy line and was able to get down further than my boater who was using Strike King 6XD with 12lb mono.

p.s. i also hooked a 12lb flat head catfish that same day on the FF Shad. i thought i had hooked a monser bass... LOL!!

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Norman DD22 or fat free shad.

really the only two cranks i use.

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Academy Sports H2O Deep cranks are great right out of the box. There $5 a peice.

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Dicks usually has matzou or how ever its spelled cranks on sale for under 5 bucks there shiny and go deep I pick up a few every now and then. There also running a sale atleast up here on clacking rap and dt cranks 2 for 10 bucks not a bad deal at all

I wouldn't touch Matzuo cranks with a ten foot pole. After every cast you have to tune them and they never stay on track during the retrieve.

If your price range is $5-10, I would go with the Rapala DT series. All I really use are DT's, Normans, and 6xds, because they work and I have confidence in them.

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Another vote for Bomber FF Shad!

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bomber, norman,and most rapalas wont go over $10

but it'll be easier finding rapalas around sport chalet, sports authority, etc.

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Cheap and effective? Strike King Series 5 & 6s and their 5xd & 6xds.

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I wouldn't touch Matzuo cranks with a ten foot pole. After every cast you have to tune them and they never stay on track during the retrieve.

If your price range is $5-10, I would go with the Rapala DT series. All I really use are DT's, Normans, and 6xds, because they work and I have confidence in them.

Good advice. Matzuo cranks are junk, some of the worst baits I've ever tried.

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In a pinch have used a split shot weight about 2ft up the line from my standard crank.

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In a pinch I have used a split shot weight about 2ft up the line from my standard crank.

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DD22

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Fat Free Shad

Strike King 6XD

Norman DD22

All around $6.00 and all work.

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Good advice. Matzuo cranks are junk, some of the worst baits I've ever tried.

Off-topic, but I picked up two Matzuo poppers for $4 on clearance. Looks pretty cool, and catches fish, for me anyway.

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Chris you beat me to it. +1 on Bandits, Norman, Bomber, Wiggle Warts, Speed Traps, and Rapala.

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norman dd22. Only one I buy.

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Off-topic, but I picked up two Matzuo poppers for $4 on clearance. Looks pretty cool, and catches fish, for me anyway.

I actually really like the one Matzuo popper I have. It looks just like a Megabass, for 1/20 of the price haha...The only problem I have with the company I have is their inconstancy. I bought a spook style bait in one of the coolest colors I have ever seen, but it just lays on its side.

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At 4.49 to 4.99 each, Normans are the best value I have found. Luhr Jensen Hot Lips are my second choice. I have a half dozen SK baits but find myself going back to my tried and trues. Confidence is a good thing.

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At 4.49 to 4.99 each, Normans are the best value I have found. Luhr Jensen Hot Lips are my second choice. I have a half dozen SK baits but find myself going back to my tried and trues. Confidence is a good thing.

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Check your WalMart for DD22s. Mine has a very limited selection of DD22s but the price is pretty good at between $4 and $5 depending on color. One color (Black Splat) they price at something like $3.96, the other colors they price at around $4.96 (go figure).

I actually prefer the Hot Lips Express over the DD22 - they seem to dive faster and get at least as deep as the DD22. However, they're usually a bit more expensive than the Norman bait.

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