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Crank It Up : Spro's John Crews Little John 50 (continued)

Dive Time: The bait's running depth is listed between three to five feet (3-5') and given I was using 13lb test, I'd say this diving range is accurate. The Little John 50 doesn't waste much time getting to maximum running depth even on a slower gear ratio reel like the Conquest 101.

This bait comes with premium, Gamakatsu hooks right out of the package.

As the bait dives and swims, it does so in classic flat sided crank fashion with a tight little wobble from side to side.

Hit the bottom or some sort of structure and the bait deflects nicely too. It's a tight little swimmer that helps you cover a lot of water quickly.

Hook spacing is an issue however.

Design/Ergonomics: If there's one thing about this bait I do not like it's the proximity of the hooks. They will on occasion cross and foul the bait on a cast and quite often will come out of my tackle box this way. Otherwise, the bait is pretty spot on. It has the afore mentioned internal tungsten ball that you can feel if you shake the bait in your hand. This weight is covered in some kind of dampening material (probably rubber) to deaden its sound, but it does travel front to back ever so slightly to enhance castability.

This craw pattern is called "PigPen".

This is "Western Craw".

Price & Application: Spro's Little John 50 retails for $10.59 and is available in twenty six different colors - almost half of which (twelve total) are some variation of crawdad. It's as if they knew I was going to write about this bait and complain there weren't enough craw patterns for me to purchase and fish. Okay, given the bait debuted at ICAST 2009, maybe it's not about me afterall.

Western Craw has a nice crackle pattern on top.


Spro Little John 50 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very good bait to bait consistency though the bait's published statistics are a bit off 7.5
Performance Super easy to cast and really good deflection characteristics 8
Price There was a time a $10 was a bit outlandish. Now it's kind of an average price 7.5
Features Tungsten weighted, Gamakatsu hooks 8
Design (Ergonomics) 26 different colors including 12 crawdad variants 9
Application Really good choice in early spring when the water is just starting to warm up 8

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:


+ Easy bait to cast - Hooks can foul during cast
+ Quality components  
+ 12 crawdad color patterns? seriously?  

They had me at the 12 different available craw patterns.

Conclusion: I admit, I'm more of a square bill shallow crank bait fisherman than I am a flat sided crank guy but that's mainly because we usually begin our serious review season after water temperatures have passed sixty degrees. This year, we started a bit sooner than usual, so it was finally a good time to try some flat sided cranks and Spro's Little John 50 really shined. I like how easy this bait is to cast and the fact it comes with quality Gamakatsu hooks. Then Spro caps it off by offering this bait in 12 different craw patterns. Perform well and produce the bait in more colors than I can decide? You know that's the way to earn this Editor's Choice Award. Congrats John Crews and the team at Spro!


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