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Silent but Deadly: The Molix SB Crank 55 Silent (continued)

Durability: I have thrown these cranks around a lot of rip rap and some wood, and at the end of it all the baits came out in excellent condition. While this bodes well for real-life fishing situations, I decided to be a bit more harsh. My test baits consisted of three colors: Giallo Capri, MX Ayu, and WCC Red Craw. I used the key to my truck and scratched each bait as hard as I could in an attempt to make some sort of prominent mark.

As you look closer you'll see some of the sweet detailing.

To my surprise, with modest scratching force I was barely able to scratch the surface. It took very heavy force and repeated strokes to finally make some decent scars. I tested three other square-bill cranks in my box (from other brands) and found that they all scratched noticeably easier than the Molix SB 55 Crank Silent.

The large, dark eyes really stand out.

Price & Applications: TackleWarehouse.com sells these baits for a regular price of $11.99. It's not the most expensive square bill out there, but it's far from being the most affordable. While there are some awesome cranks that cost several dollars less, the Molix delivers a high-quality package that is water-ready without needing hook upgrades. The same can't be said for cheaper square-bill cranks I own.

The belly of the craw pattern looks awesome.

Because it's so specialized, shallow water will be the most obvious and common area to throw this bait. Throw the SB 55 Silent around wood, weeds, rocks, or docks. Since this crank is silent, it will be a better choice for stained to clear waters. If your lake or river is moderately stained to muddy, a rattling bait will probably draw more strikes, but with the right color choice this bait pushes enough water to likely get some bites in the dirty stuff, too.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Molix SB Crank 55 Silent Crankbait Ratings  (?/10)

Construction/Quality These are nicely made baits that are free of defects 9
Performance Runs to the advertised depth, tracks true, deflects well, and casts easily 9
Price A bit on the expensive side, but still far from the priciest offerings 6.5
Features This is not really a bait that's full of unique features, however I am a big fan of the excellent stock hooks 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) The bait is a nice size and the color schemes are not only beautiful, but durable too 9
Application A specialized bait that will excel in shallow water that's clear 6

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!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ High build quality - Moderate cost
+ Excellent stock hooks - Not a real versatile bait
+ Quality color schemes  
+ Performs well  

This freshwater schoolie striper liked the SB Crank 55 Silent!

 Conclusion: You haven't started throwing square-bill cranks? What are you waiting for? I must admit, it took me awhile to warm up to them. Once I started tossing these shallow divers consistently, my confidence in them built very quickly. They are fantastic producers under certain conditions, and you should absolutely have a selection of them in your tackle box. The Molix SB Crank 55 Silent is a sweet offering that shouldn't be overlooked when shopping for a high quality shallow crankbait. With the ability to probe the shallows quietly, these baits have proven to not just be silent, but deadly!

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