The Basstar Big
Mac, two Spintech Trebles and Special Sauce
Total Score: 8.16 -
When it comes to crankbait
fishing at the tournament level nobody does it better than FLW Pro Randy McAbee.
Randy has credited a number of his wins to crankbaits and has now teamed up with
Basstar to create his own signature crank which is appropriately called the “Big
The Big Mac is the new signature crank designed
by Basstar and pro angler Randy McAbee
The Basstar Big Mac makes use of a number of the company’s previous innovations
including a dimple surface design and Spintech treble hooks. In profile the Big
Mac probably most resembles a Norman DD22 only bigger. Though both lures are 3”
in length the Big Mac features a larger more prominent lip design and weighs
3/8oz. more than the Norman DD22 making it a full 1oz. in weight.
The Big Mac is available in four patterns
The Big Mac is currently
available in only four patterns, Chartreuse Blue Back, McAbee Special which is a
semi-translucent green craw, Red Black Craw and SX Shad which is also
translucent. While there are not a lot of colors currently available Basstar and
Randy McAbee wanted to start with a range that covered a wide spectrum of
applications and types of forage ranging from crawfish to baitfish.
A look at the retail packaging
The paint finishes look
high-quality and the company makes use of a variety of elements including pearl
fleck paint to increase the amount of flash in the water. Each of the four
available patterns has a distinctive look and feel but all come with the same 3D
eyes and that gigantic lip.
Randy explains the design details of his new
Real World Tests:
To test the Big Mac I head to both the California Delta and Clear Lake earlier
this season. I can’t say the crankbait bite was ever on fire but we did get a
few days of solid crank fishing in. We used a variety of heavier crankbait rods
and both mono and fluorocarbon lines to achieve the desired diving depths. Time
to see if this Big Mac really satisfies...
The team at Basstar show their new baits at the
recent ICAST show in Las Vegas
Weighing in at a full ounce the Big Mac is an easy bait to cast with just about
any rod rated medium and up. The Big Mac features the same dimple design we
first observed on the company’s deep running Dredger crankbait. These dimples
take a cue from the golf world and are designed to make the bait more
aerodynamic. Without a miniature wind tunnel in the lab it is hard to verify
these claims but in the real world tests the design certainly didn’t hurt the
lure’s casting ability. This lure is a no-brainer when it comes to casting and
can sail through the air a good distance with a simple lob cast, load up and the
Big Mac can spool lower capacity baitcasters.
A serious crankbait rod is required to fish this
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