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Lure Review


Shake, Rattle, and Shimmy with Lucky Craft's RTO-Crank

 

Date: 9/27/15
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Lucky Craft
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.1 - GREAT

Introduction:
Lucky Craft is one lure company not lacking for variety. Their selection in lipless baits alone can be quite daunting - although the LV500 remains one of our favorites. An ICAST or two ago, Takahiro Omori, 2004 Bassmaster Classic Champion, showed us his signature series LV RTO and we finally had a chance to try the bait out on the water!

 

Lucky Craft RTO Lipless Crank Specifications

Type Lipless Crank
Length
2 1/8"
2 1/2"
2 3/4"
3"
Weight
3/8 oz
1/2 oz
5/8 oz
7/8 oz
Colors 18
Hooks VMC Hooks
MSRP $14.99 - 18.99 depending on size and color

 

Quality/Construction: I've yet to meet a Lucky Craft Bait I wasn't impressed with straight out of the package and the RTO Lipless Cranks are no exception. Lucky craft just has a way of consistently detailing and finishing their baits to near perfection.

 

Quality Ratings for Lucky Craft RTO Lipless Crank

Finish (1-5)
Detailing (1-5)
Hardware (1-5)
Craftsmanship (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
4
5
19
20
9.5


Introducing Lucky Craft's RTO Crank designed by Takahiro Omori.

Performance: I've been fishing Lucky Craft's RTO Crank off and on for a year or two now since being handed one by Takahiro Omori himself at ICAST one year. My set up of choice is a high speed reel spooled with braid, but I've fished this bait on nylon monofilament and fluorocarbon with equal success.


On the surface, this looks like another typical lipless crank.

Castability: Lipless baits with rattles, in general, just seen to cast better than those without. Those internal beads act as a point of ballast shifting to the direction of your cast and really directing your bait through the air. The RTO Crank benefits from this system and is a very easy bait to cast.


On the inside, we see there are three distinct rattling chambers.

Slow and High Speed: This bait creates a lot of disturbance in the water that you can really feel through your rod tip - especially when using braid - whether at slow or high speeds. It does not blow out at super high speeds either.


Taking a slight side view, we see the RTO's head is quite wide.

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