are few large floating crankbaits around that are suitable for trolling down to
thirty feet or more on a reasonably short line. Sure, baits like DepthRaiders
(not really a big bait in my book) and Cisco Kids will get down there, but only
with a lot of line out. Some of those that will run deep on a short line don't
have much action to them, which is not always a bad thing but not always what
you want. The Mann's Magnum Stretch 30+ is the crankbait I usually choose for
trolling depths over 25 feet with ease. Because of its buoyancy and running angle
the S-30+ trips over rocky bottoms without getting snagged up too often. I have
caught pike with this lure tripping bottom on deep stretches of rivers and I have
caught pike suspended deep over sixty feet of water on large lakes.
construction of the S-30+ is tough (except when cast at brick walls!) and it has
been a good hooker for me too - probably thanks to its slim shape and hard plastic
body. Although there is an impressive colour selection on the Mann's website (www.mannsbait.com) only a
few colours are available from UK suppliers at the present. Don't worry, these
lures are easily resprayed - my top catcher is a kind of basic Orange Tiger. To
give one a respray first remove the hooks, then carefully prize the eyes off and
stick them on to a polythene bag. If you want to retain the clear lip cover it
with masking tape - painting the lip increases the visual profile of the lure
though. Using car spray paints, apply a couple of coats of white primer, then
the pattern of your choice. Once the lure is dry you can either coat it in clear
epoxy or varnish, or leave it as it is. Finally stick the eyes back in place,
replace the hooks (I like to swap them for bronzed Eagle Claws while I'm about
it) and off you go.
If you are
up to the task, the S-30+ will catch pike on the cast too, but don't expect to
get it down to thirty feet!! Also available with the same body size and style
are an 18+ version of this lure which is more easily fished on the cast, and a
new 8+ model which I am looking forward to trying out both for casting and trolling.
top trolling crankbaits: Invader (Deep and Shallow),
Ernie, 8in Jake, 10in Jake, Bomber 17J, Swim Whizz.
I have laid my hands on a Magnum Stretch 8+, although
I ain't caught on it yet the action is tasty. It trolls well, down to at least
ten feet, and is easy to cast and retrieve. When twitched it behaves somewhat
like a beefed up Bomber Minnow - which ain't
a bad start!
The Magnum Stretch 8+ does catch!
(This article first appeared on
this website - August 10th 2001)
(Updated October 8th 2001, July 11th 2004)