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Crank It Up! : Storm's Arashi Squarebill Crank (continued)

Dive Time: The 03 Arashi Squarebill comes with a rated running depth of three feet (3') max. If fished on line as light as six or seven pound test, I think it will go about four feet (4'), but we're splitting hairs. It takes little to no time to reach these depths - especially if you really let loose and make a super long cast.

And is not attached via a fixed joint but one that moves.

Deflection: As advertised, this bait runs super true right out of the packaging. It also rights itself pretty quickly after hitting any hard object beneath the surface. Thing is, it almost rights itself too quickly and kind of runs too true.

That movement allows this 3' diver to automatically right itself so the bait swims true everytime.

Ironically, my best success with squarebill cranks has not only been with the ones that bounce off structure and fly off in strange, unpredictable angles, but also with those that don't necessarily swim in a straight line back to the boat regardless of whether or not they hit something on the way back. Don't get me wrong, this bait still catches them, I'm just not so sure it'd catch them better with a standard line tie.

A nice fish picked up off a submerged tree stump on Lake Sonoma, CA.

Design/Ergonomics: The Storm Arashi Squarebill crank comes in two different sizes, and for now in a silent and rattling version. The silent version was the original and the rattling version was introduced for stained water situations where the fish need a bit more input to zero in on the target. However, as mentioned earlier, it appears Rapala has chosen to discontinue the rattling version of this bait. It is outfitted with VMD Black Nickel treble hooks.

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Price & Application: Both sizes of this bait retail for right around $8.99. I've had best success with this bait casting into shallow, structure laden areas like at the base of sparse tule clumps in the California Delta. In areas like this, this bait is forced to bounce around very erratically, yet because it's so good at righting itself, you can get it back more easily than other squarebills that will bounce around too much.


Storm Arashi Squarebill Crank Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality These baits have great finishes but they do have a mass produced look and feel 8
Performance Straight and true out of the box, but sometimes maybe too true 8
Price There was a point in time where Rapala was considered expensive but now their prices are pretty much in the middle 7
Features Circuit board lip, VMC Hooks, self tuning line tie 7
Design (Ergonomics) The 03 is a great size, but if you want something bigger, it's available in the 05 8
Application The more structure the better 7

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Self truing line tie really works - If there are no obstructions in the water, this bait comes back too true
+ Easy bait to fire into structure  
+ Comes through structure pretty easily  

Faced with a heavy cover situation? The Arashi Squarebill may be the bait for you.

Conclusion: If you couldn't tell, I have somewhat mixed feelings about this bait.


In situations where there are countless boulders, tree stumps, logs, or other underwater ambush points, the Arashi Squarebill crank is a great choice to pull through these obstructions. In cleaner water situations, or maybe areas with more grass than hard cover, I don't have as much confidence with this bait. It could just be me. One thing is for certain, this is a fun bait to fish with in those heavy cover situations and the bait's ability to right itself in even the most awkward underwater collisions is uncanny. We look forward to fishing with more baits from Storm's Arashi series.


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