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Monday, August 2, 2010

• The Inside of a Bandit Crankbait

Crankbait companies seldom showcase the guts of their products. They describe the innards using vague terms, but let's face it, we would like to know what is on the inside. When a crankbait maker advertises a rattle, I'd like to know just how big the rattle is compared to the rattle chamber. I'd like to know what it's made of. I'd like to know just how thick the body is between the outside world and its hollow middle. I'd also like to know where it is safe to drill should I decide to make any modifications. Most of the time, anglers are going in blind with regard to these matters. The balance of a crankbait depends heavily on proper knowledge of the entire bait, including its construction. Without this knowledge, anyone can ruin a bait in a matter of seconds.

Well, a damaged Bandit 100 series crankbait has been sacrificed in the name of research to answer some of those questions. I apologize for the rust. I damaged the crankbait in question last year when I tipped the side of the boat on a back swing. It left a crack along the side that made the lure take on water and it never swam the same again, even after trying to seal it. The crankbait has just been sitting around gathering dust ever since.

Looking towards the nose:

Looking towards the tail:

Here are a few shots looking at the rattle chamber:

Cut wide open:

Hopefully this adds to your understanding of this particular lure. I have a few others that are beyond repair that I might tear into one day for the same reason. It might help me appreciate lure design, but it also opens my eyes to a whole world of possibilities. I'd wager you feel the same way.


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BassFishingDem said...

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