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Lure Review

6th Sense Crushing it in the DD Category


Date: 12/26/15
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: 6th Sense
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.10 - GREAT

When last we walked down the tackle store aisle in search of L.O.U.S. (lures of unusual size), we hit the jackpot with Strike King's 10XD crank. Previous to that was a lure that defined this category in Lucky Craft's SKT Magnum series. Today, we look at a bait that sits on the border of being an L.O.U.S. and just plain large. 6th Sense is not as well known a manufacturer as the previous two, but their not-so-little 500D deep diving crank is catching a lot of fish for those in the know.


6th Sense Crush 500DD Specifications

Type Deep Diver
Length 5 3/4"
Weight 1 3/4 oz
Depth Rated 20 - 27ft
Material Plastic
Colors 16
Hooks 2x #1 VMC Black Nickel
MSRP $11.99


Quality/Construction: Born just over 10 years ago from a custom lure painting operation in east Texas, 6th Sense's goal is to produce baits with that old, hand crafted, custom finish feel to them. Their Crush 500DD lure is a good example of this mission as each bait's finish is very well executed. Detailing on the baits themselves is almost JDM like thanks to realistic eyes and ridges along the bait's gill plates but craftsmanship is only average with a lot of bubbling in the bait's diving bill and actual vibrancy of the finishes themselves.


Quality Ratings for 6th Sense Crush 500DD

Finish (1-5)
Detailing (1-5)
Hardware (1-5)
Craftsmanship (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Introducing the Crush 500DD by 6th Sense.

Performance: We matched up the Crush 500DD with a couple of our deep cranking combos and went out for a day of testing out on Lake Berryessa, California earlier this year. The combo I grew to favor with this bait was my Quantum Tour KVD TKVD7106MB Cranking stick matched with a Quantum EXO casting reel.

The Crush 500DD is available in 16 different patterns.

Castability: The Crush 500DD launches really well when matched with the right rod. I really enjoyed how well it came off of the glass Tour KVD stick I was using and enjoyed more how it had good tendency to fly straight instead of tumble as long as my casting motion was smooth.

Ready to rock and roll out on Lake Berryessa, CA.

Dive Time: Once the cast was finished, cranking the handle over on the reel pulls the 500DD down relatively quickly. The bait does not pull back as hard as some other deep diving cranks which makes it easier to fish continuously for long periods of time. I fished this bait on 12lb Sunline Supernatural monofilament and managed to hit bottom in roughly 15 - 17 feet of water. Skinnier line might have produced deeper depths up to 20 feet, but I'm a little skeptical about the manufacturer claim of 27 feet.

Weighing 1-3/4oz, this bait is easy to launch.

Retrieve: Naturally, as with any deep diving crank worth its bill, the Crush 500DD moves very well at slow speeds. When you try to burn the bait, it stays true as well, with minimal instances of blowing out or spinning. It just grows a little more difficult to pull when you try to burn it back to the boat - again, this is to be expected.

Nevermind that I almost lost this bait due to an open snap, this bait's bill is effective and helping it deflect off underwater obstacles.

Deflection: The Crush 500DD bounces off rocks and other underwater obstructions fairly well if you're using a slow retrieve but in those inevitable instances where it does hang up, it's pretty easy to get back out either by popping your line, or, if you have to, moving your boat into position where you can pull the bait backwards out of the hole it sank into. I've yet to lose one of these baits to those immovable rock fish.

Performance Ratings for 6th Sense Crush 500DD

Castability (1-5)

Dive Time(1-5)

Slow Speed (1-5)
High Speed (1-5)
Deflection (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

A couple of our baits had this bubbling issue in the diving bill.

Features: The Crush 500DD is, of course, a deep diving crank, though there are other depth options within the Crush series. With regards to finish options, there is at least one ghost and one chrome pattern option for this bait, with the rest being standard solid colored finishes. There is only one sound option with the Crush 500DD - each bait comes with an internal knocker that of course doubles as a moving balancing system to aid the bait in casting situations.

Features Ratings for 6th Sense Crush 500DD

Depth Options (1-3)
Sound Options (1-2)
Misc (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
Solid (1-2)
"Ghost" (1-2)
Foil (1-2)

Detailing a the gill plate is very good.

Design/Ergonomics: The bait to bait consistency of the Crush 500DD is very good. The only area we can really nitpick is the bait's bill. Some of our baits' bills are pretty clear, others have a distinct line of bubbles down the middle where the bait is joined. Weight of this bait is very manageable and the realism is good. Hook spacing is also very good as there's no chance of the hooks fouling with each other during a cast.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for 6th Sense Crush 500DD

Bait to Bait Consistency (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Realism (1-5)
Hook Spacing (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

The 500DD is the deep diving bait within 6th Sense's Crush lineup of cranks.

Application: As we've already established, 6th Sense's Crush 500DD is a deep diving crank, but looking over the company's "Crush" line of cranks overall and they seem to cover all depths above this bait pretty well. Body shapes and bills are smaller, but the baits generally look the same. We expect performance to be consistent within the brand, but we've not tested this aspect out for ourselves.


6th Sense Crush 500DD Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Nicely constructed 8.0
Performance Really good casting bait and dives relatively quickly


Price Sits right between affordable and premium 7.5
Features Nice selection of finishes 7.85
Design (Ergonomics) Very consistent from package to package 8.89
Application The 500DD is a dedicated deep diver, but there are other baits within the Crush lineup for different depths 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:


+ Good Value - More ghost and foil/chrome finish options would be nice
+ Cast and Dives well  
+ Nice finishes  

Another quality bait from 6th Sense!

Conclusion: This is the second bait we've fished from east Texas startup 6th Sense and so far, we really like what we've seen from this company The previously reviewed Snatch lipless crank really surprised me and this deep diving 500DD is a nice balance between the sub $10 cranks and the premium JDM brands. If you're looking for a good value in a bait that looks the part of a pricier bait and has the fish catching moxie to back it up, check out the Crush 500DD from 6th Sense!


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