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Lure Review

Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, Your Lures Hook Me… (continued)


Retrieve: While anglers can play with varying float rates with the actual retrieve between the two versions is almost identical, minus the rattle noise of course. The Biggie crankbait is easy to fish and a straight retrieve brings the lure back with a subtle side to side swing versus the traditional wobble found on so many other squarebills.


Guiding in a fish stuck on the Biggie Smalls


In terms of which lure is more effective we actually caught more fish with the silent running Creepin’ models, including times at Clear Lake where the algae bloom reduced visibility down to less than a foot. The subtle action of the bait looks more genuine and is able to displace enough water to garner plenty of attention from fish. As with most lures the larger Poppa sized baits got less bites but helped land more quality fish.


The Abalone Shad has a holographic sheet in the center for more flash


Applications: The Biggie Series of lures is really designed for shallow water and the smaller version is capable of getting down to about 4 feet while we were able to drive the larger version down just over 5 feet when cranking down aggressively. This is a great lure to fish where there is structure, and is less effective in open water. Most strikes came within a second of impact with structure. As with other square billed cranks the key to successfully fishing this lure is a willingness to put it into harm’s way and generating deflection. Bump, Bump, Strike!


It is all about deflection, this bait is great for "bumpin'" structure


The Biggie crankbaits also exhibited excellent durability and the finishes all held up very well. While I caught the most fish on the red crawfish “Cold Blooded” pattern, especially in the Delta, the Abalone Shad is easily the most attractive pattern. This lure makes use of a holographic sheet in the middle of the lure to generate more flash and actual abalone in the head and gill section for a very realistic styling. At Lake El Salto the citrus pattern called “BC Shad” was unstoppable at times where there were stickups in the water and we could drive deflection after deflection off submerged timber.



River2Sea Ish Monroe Biggie Crankbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Well built and makes use of quality materials including real abalone on the "abalone shad" pattern 8.5
Performance The Biggie crankbait performed well in our tests. Much like other squarebills it is all about the deflection with this crankbait. Don't be afraid to put this lure in contact with structure and you will be rewarded 9
Price A reasonable price for a quality crankbait. Not too expensive that anglers would constantly fear losing it to snags with structure 8.5
Features A number of quality features including the different versions, detailed finishes and sharp hooks 8
Design (Ergonomics) Easy to cast and retrieve, there is no learning curve with this bait but anglers will find the most success learning how to effectively toss this strategically alongside and into structure for deflection 8
Application There are plenty of choices for anglers allowing them to use either smaller or larger sizes or rattling or silent models 8.5

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:


+ Quality finishes - Well designed but still a take on a proven formula
+ Lots of choices to address varying applications  
+ Great for finesse cranking where a more subtle action is required  
+ Reasonable price  


Conclusion: All versions of the Biggie Series crankbaits retail for $8.49 which is a reasonable price for the well designed bait. The lure exhibits both a well thought out design and quality craftsmanship and what I like best about Ish’s latest signature bait is that the series provides anglers with plenty of options. We are not just talking patterns here. Anglers are able to select the bait that best matches their particular style of fishing or application.


The Biggie Smalls and Biggie Poppa squarebills come in many versions so anglers can give fish what they want in a wide variety of applications


If you enjoy fishing smaller lures go with the Biggie Smalls, if you want to go deeper go with the Biggie Poppa and then you have the choice of going silent for subtle presentations or with a rattle when the fish want to lock onto something that makes a ruckus. If you are in the market for a differentiated squarebill with plenty of options R2S and Ish have a worthy contender with the Biggie Series. Now if we can just get that hypnotic song out of our head… Biggie, Biggie, Biggie…


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