STILL one of the best post-spawn/summer cranks ever. “Citrus shad” and “citruse” are tough to beat, but also check “shadtreuse” (pictured), “mimosa” and “pure shad.”
> The Fat Free Shad (BD7) or Fat Free Shad Jr (BD6)
are the perfect summertime crankbaits for probing offshore humps, points or grasslines. …a flat-sided tighter-wiggling crankbait that really appeals to bass in the hot summertime that are used to seeing wide-wobbling crankbaits running everywhere.
> …best tip for cranking the BD6 is to use a slower-speed reel because the lure has a pretty large bill that creates some strong pull…so a slower option will leave you less fatigued.
Here’s a vid I did a while back with Alton Jr about how he fishes it:
> …balsa bait with a plastic shell, the best of both worlds. The 2″ BX Brat [chartreuse shad ^] has the right action plus it’s smaller than a lot of other baits which triggers lazy post-spawn bass to bite.
> …casts like a bullet, making it a great option for target casting. …add a VMC Bladed Hybrid Treble and watch how many fish are hooked on it.
> Stomp on your trolling motor, cover water, throw at everything and find fish fast!
Here’s a few famous dudes educatin’ you on it:
Are flat-sided cranks only good for colder water? Uh, no — and remember we’re talkin ’bout bass which are the equivalent of:
Lol it’s true! Anyhow, since David Fritts is only capable of designing killer cranks and this one got a lotta use and success as soon as it came out, gonna say you need to have one. I need to have one — haven’t been able to get my hands on one yet! I’m like, “hey Fritts, where’s my care package man! Don’t you even care??”
Anyhow, now this bait comes in 3 sizes — 2.25″ (1/3-oz), 2.5″ (3/7-oz), 2.75″ (1/2-oz) — which means Tackle Warehouse gets to process more funds…and we have more options. Thinkin’ I’m gonna start with the 2.5″ — maybe in a specialty Fritts color like “cream pie” ^ — cuz it’s in the middle of the range and I’ve never knowing owned a 3/7-oz bait before.
Soooo many sick colors. Those are “citrus shad,” “prism chartreuse perch” and “green shad.” Here’s FLWer Braxton Setzer talkin’:
> “This time of year…boat docks can be a great option. The docks provide both cover and shade for bass, and hold a lot of bait like bluegill and other panfish.
> “To target these fish I reach for the Yo-Zuri 3DB 1.5 squarebill. I’m a big fan of the size as it is a perfect imitation of a bite-size baitfish. It also deflects really well off of hard cover. This is important because I want the bait to contact the post of the docks and create a hard deflection to trigger a reaction from bass….”
Lots of talk about purple-back colors now, and that “midnight magic” for sure has some purple so…2 things about this series of baits (2.5″, 1/2-oz):
> Different “custom” colors mean they look different than stuff the fish have seen before.
Aha! What happens when a bait company has 2 of the “same” baits, in this case squarebills? Well, they get a guy whose accent is tough to understand to explain why…lol just kiddin’ (sorta) Cliff! That’s Cajun Baby Crochet o’ course, and he did a dang innerestin’ short vid on how he fishes each squarebill differently. In brief:
> SB57 — riprap, bridges, shallow points
7. More crankin’s.