Daiwa’s Baby Crank is a small diving lure that has caught my attention in a very big way.I’ve been using it on bass and bream this summer and enjoying some spectacular success; no massive scores mind you, but they have been pulling fish when larger lures haven’t. Further to that, on light threadline gear such as Daiwa’s Black Label 6101XS rod and a new Certate 2000, extracting a decent fish becomes a heart stopping adventure.The main appeal comes in terms of the insanely intricate action that can be imparted into a Baby Crank via an active rod tip. With minimal forward retrieve and plenty of short and sharp jabs this little baby turns itself inside out; and if you don’t get smashed mid-show, a pause sets the lure rising slowly; which is often too much for a tentative fish to cope with.By minimizing forward movement, as you would if chasing a barra, the Baby Crank stays in tiger country longer than you would expect, which is another plus. In clear river water I’ve watched bass pile onto the BC as soon as the rod flicking starts.
Even though they are small lures, the BC carries sufficient weight for a relatively long cast, and by taking care to land it quietly, is light enough to avoid disturbing fish hanging in either an overly tight waterway or very shallow water.
The only factor that needs managing, as a result if its action is a tendency to tangle the two trebles, however, given that it’s the action that produces the fish, it’s a factor I’m happy to manage. Easily done by taking care during casting and minimizing the size of loop knots if not avoiding them altogether.
The best plug I can give you is to let you know that my two closet fishing buddies both have a couple and they swear by them too; there’s a lot of mornings in which the call have drifted up and down the river …”It’s crank time baby, yeah”!!!