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Lure Review


Taking a Walk with Spro's Aruku Shad

 

Date: 11/17/15
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Spro
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.88 - BEST VALUE AWARD

Introduction:
The product arsenal this next manufacturer is vast. From finesse style jerkbaits like the McStick 95 on up to their BBZ-1 swimbaits over to their topwater frog baits like the Bronzeye Shad, Spro makes a lot of popular, high quality baits. The subject of today's review is no different. Here's our look at Spro's Aruku Shad lipless crank!

 

Spro Aruku Shad Specifications

Type Lipless Crank
Length
85 = 3 3/8"
75 = 3"
65 = 2.5"
Weight
1 oz
5/8 oz
1/2 oz
Colors 18
Hooks Gamakatsu
MSRP $6.49 - $8.89

 

Quality/Construction: Spro's Aruku Shad is a very intriguing little lipless crank for the fact it shares a similar profile to a discontinued bait from Japan that carries with it, a cult following - the Riser Back. Spro pacts a lot of detail into this bait from the subtle lateral line and belly bulge to the intricate curves and contours in the bait's profile. Finishes are all first rate and overall craftsmanship of this bait is super clean and precise. The Aruku shad comes with thin wire Gamakatsu trebles.

 

Quality Ratings for Spro Aruku Shad

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


We finally take a walk out on the lake with the Aruku Shad by Spro.

Performance: Most of my testing with this bait was on board my Edge Rods 8' Black Widow cranking stick while paired with a Shimano Antares casting reel spooled with 55lb Daiwa Samurai braid topped with a 12lb Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon leader.


Check out the aggressive head design.

Castability: Any lipless bait tied to the end of this combo is just about unfair and the Aruku shad benefited greatly as it sails through the air accommodating any goal of precision or distance. I only fished the 75 size but it is a very easy bait to throw.


Painted swimming fins and an elegant lateral line.

Slow and High Speed: The Aruku shad has good action at both high and slow speeds. The bait swims with a tight shimmy in the water that can be felt whether swimming it back fast or slow.


The Aruku Shad comes equipped with Gamakatsu hooks.

Yo Yo Action: One of the ways in which this bait is most effective is with the yo-yo retrieve. Letting the bait sink to the bottom, pause, then rip it up off the bottom, and repeat. On the fall, the Aruku shad descends with the bait in a neutral position - body parallel to the surface.

A look at the bait's craw pattern.


Position at Rest: What's even more intriguing about this bait is when it hits the bottom, unlike most lipless cranks, it doesn't fall over. Rather the Aruku bait is so well balanced, it sits with its head down and tail up like a baitfish pecking for food!

 

Performance Ratings for Spro Aruku Shad

Castability (1-3)
Slow Speed (1-3)
High Speed (1-3)
Yo Yo (1-3)
Position at Rest (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
3
3
3
3
15
15
10


We didn't have one on hand with which to compare, but the Aruku Shad's profile is very reminiscent of a former JDM favorite,

Next Section: Araku Shad features

 

 

 

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