10 Top New Crankbaits and Jerkbaits Dan Johnson July 11th, 2013 | More From Dan Johnson Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+The 2013 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades—better known as ICAST—proved fertile ground for finding promising new hardbaits. Following are a rundown of 10 top new crankbaits and minnow-imitators unveiled under the sweltering desert sun in Vegas this week. GALLERY: 10 Top Cranks and Jerkbaits 1 of 10 <h2>Jackall Jockie 120 Topwater Minnow</h2>Designed by Kazuto Yamaki, the Jockie 120 blends topwater theatrics with top-shelf jerkbait performance. It dives straight with a spin of your reel handle—thanks to its unique, diamond-shaped lip. Plus, the bottom cup produces a popping sound on splashdown. Other features include a flashy inner scale molding, and aft-oriented, moving weighting system for long casts and a funky pop, dive, head-stand, and rolling action. Available in six colors. <a href="http://www.jackall-lures.com" target="_blank">jackall-lures.com</a> <h2>Jackall Jockie 120 Topwater Minnow</h2>Designed by Kazuto Yamaki, the Jockie 120 blends topwater theatrics with top-shelf jerkbait performance. It dives straight with a spin of your reel handle—thanks to its unique, diamond-shaped lip. Plus, the bottom cup produces a popping sound on splashdown. Other features include a flashy inner scale molding, and aft-oriented, moving weighting system for long casts and a funky pop, dive, head-stand, and rolling action. Available in six colors. <a href="http://www.jackall-lures.com" target="_blank">jackall-lures.com</a> <h2>LiveTarget BaitBall</h2>The baitfish gurus at Koppers unveiled a radical design in hardbait technology with the new LiveTarget BaitBall lineup. Comprised of a 2 3/8-inch floating squarebill and 3½- and 4½-inch suspending jerkbaits, all of which dive to four feet—along with a 2½-inch diving crankbait that reaches depths of 10 feet—the series mimics a tight school of frightened baitfish. So, rather than seeing one large preyfish, predators see a cluster of smaller, bite-sized minnows instead. If it proves half as deadly as the umbrella rig concept, it’s going to be a game-changer on the cranking scene. <a href="http://www.livetargetlures.com" target="_blank">livetargetlures.com</a> <h2>Lucky Craft S.K.T. Magnum</h2>Designed by Bassmaster Classic champ Skeet Reese, this beefy, tight-wobbling crank matches the supersize meals of behemoth bass. It should also shine for other large fish-eaters. Available in 11 colors, in four sizes from 1 to 3¾ ounces, in MR and DR versions. The 105MR is the shallowest runner, targeting depths of 6½ feet, while the 120DR is the depth-dredger of the family, capable of reaching 25 feet. <a href="http://www.luckycraft.com/luckycrafthome/default.htm" target="_blank">luckycraft.com</a> <h2>Matzuo Kinchou Shad</h2>Brandishing flared, blood-red gills, these shad-bodied additions to Matzuo’s Kinchou series are wide-wobbling floaters featuring chambered bodies with stainless-steel rattle bearings. Available in eight colors, in 3- and 3 ½-inch sizes that dive from eight to 12 feet, respectively. <a href="http://www.matzuo.com" target="_blank">matzuo.com</a> <h2>Rapala Scatter Rap</h2>A groundbreaking “scatter” lip gives Rapala’s newest lure series—which includes the Scatter Rap Crank, Minnow, Shad, and Countdown—an aggressive sweeping action that mimics the maneuvers of fleeing forage. The baits are easy to fish—just crank or troll, and they do the rest—but the more you get a feel for their intricacies, the more tricks they’ll perform. Running depths range from five to nine feet. Available in a variety of hot color patterns. <a href="http://www.rapala.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-rapala-Site/default/Home-Show?id=1" target="_blank">rapala.com</a> <h2>Smithwick Perfect 10 Rogue</h2>Building on the stellar attributes of the original Rogue—an all-around jerkbaiting icon for more than 35 years—Smithwick created the Perfect 10 Rogue. Upgrades include a flash-enhancing new material and lip design that takes the suspending bait deeper, faster, plus a tungsten rattle that produces a unique, strike-triggering thump. Best of all, the weighting system allows the 5½-inch bait to be more responsive and regain its horizontal posture quicker after a twitch than its predecessor, all while retaining the iconic Rogue roll that has fooled countless bass. As a bonus, the translucent body intensifies the bait’s reflective scales, and accentuates the eight available color patterns. <a href="http://www.smithwicklures.com" target="_blank">smithwicklures.com</a> <h2>SPRO Baby Fat John 50</h2>If you’re looking for a shallow-running hardbait with a wild side-to-side hunting action, the new Baby Fat John 50 is a serious contender. Weighing in at 3/8 ounce, the bait dives to two feet, max. And, thanks to its fiberglass “computer chip” lip, it darts from to the side, then returns to center for an erratic fish-attracting action. Available in eight catchy color patterns. <a href="http://www.spro.com" target="_blank">spro.com</a> <h2>Storm Arashi Silent Squares</h2>Part of the hot new Arashi (ah-rash-ee) family from Storm, the Silent Square 3 and 5 sport “circuit-board” bills that enable true tracking at slow speeds, while still reaching maximum running depth. Another slick feature is a self-tuning line tie that keeps the bait tracking true, while producing a tantalizing roll, accentuated by a pronounced tail kick. The size 3 is 2 1/8 inches long, weighs ½ ounce, and runs to three feet, while the size 5 stretches 2 3/8 inches, weighs in at just over 5/8 ounce, and dives to five feet. Available in 12 alluring colorations, ranging from Mossy Chartreuse Craw to Black Silver Shad. <a href="http://www.stormlures.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-rapala-Site/default/Home-Show?id=4" target="_blank">stormlures.com</a> <h2>Yamamoto Tenkuu</h2>Named with the Japanese word for sky, this ultra-responsive jerkbait from iconic bassman Gary Yamamoto glides or walks underwater, depending on your wishes and retrieves. Available in 76-, 100-, and 110-mm sizes that dive to four, eight, and 10 feet, respectively, in a broad palette of colors. <a href="http://www.yamamoto.baits.com" target="_blank">yamamoto.baits.com</a> <h2>Yo-Zuri 3DB Jerkbait</h2>Built with big bass in mind, but perfect for other predators such as pike and walleyes, this 3½-inch suspending jerkbait is part of the brand-new 3DB family. Features include lifelike detail on gills, fins, and scales, flat sides, flashy 3D Internal Prism, and Wave-Motion Vibration Ribs that create wave-like fish-attracting vibes. Comes in five core colors, all accentuated with oversized red eyes and Mylar tail treble dressing. <a href="http://www.yo-zuri.com" target="_blank">yo-zuri.com</a> Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from In-Fisherman Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. 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