Angler's Choice 4.0 Cross Hair

Angler's Choice 4.0 Cross Hair
A Smoke Purple Silver Holo Irid Blue Cross Hair.

Since 2011, one of the focuses of our Midwest Finesse columns has been to publish gear guides about all of the soft-plastic finesse baits that Midwest finesse anglers can affix to a small mushroom-style jig with an exposed hook.

Angler’s Choice of Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada, manufactures several soft-plastic finesse baits that Midwest finesse anglers can employ. One of them is the 4.0 Cross Hair.

To facilitate our endeavors, Dave McCready, who is the proprietor of Angler’s Choice, sent us several samples of the Cross Hair for us to work with, examine, and meticulously describe.

Our measurements revealed that it is 4 1/16 inches long.


The peristomium or mouth of the Cross Hair’s head is flat. The head is a quarter of an inch wide with a height of three-sixteenths of an inch, and its dorsal area and sides are dome shaped. Its ventral area is flat.


The end of the Cross Hair’s anterior section and the beginning of its posterior section are not demarcated with a clitellum. But the dimension of the posterior section, which begins about an inch from its peristomium or mouth, decreases gradually as it approaches the junction with its kite-shaped tail.


Near the anterior section’s junction with the head, Cross Hair’s torso is five-sixteenths of an inch wide with a circumference of about seven-eighths of an inch. Its sides and dorsal areas are dome shaped, and its ventral area is flat.

At the junction of the anterior and posterior sections, the torso is five-sixteenths of an inch wide with a circumference of about seven-eighths of an inch.

Two inches from the peristomium or mouth, the posterior section is three-sixteenths of an inch wide with a circumference of about three-quarters of an inch.


Near the junction of the posterior section and the kite-shaped tail, the torso possesses a width of one-eighth of an inch and a circumference of about five-eighths of an inch.

The sides and dorsal areas of the posterior section are dome shaped. Its ventral area is flat.

The tail is flat and three-quarters of an inch long with a thickness of less than one-sixteenth of an inch. Much of the tail’s dorsal area is flat, but it has a ridge or a fin, which runs from the tail’s tip to the junction with the torso, and this ridge or fin divides the length of the dorsal area in half. This ridge or fin is about three-quarters of an inch long, and it is slightly more than one-sixteenths of an inch high at its peak. The ventral area of this kite-shaped tail is flatter than its dorsal area. According to McCready, the tail’s ridge or fin act as a rudder, and it was designed “to give [the Cross Hair] a little more rigidity and help it track correctly in a drift or current.”


It is manufactured in these hues: Casper, Chartreuse Glimmer, Green Pumpkin, MG Purple Neon, MG Special, Morning Bomb, Morning Dawn, River Rat, Smoke Purple Silver Holo, Smoke Purple Silver Holo Irid Blue, and Watermelon Purple Neon.

Except for the words Angler’s Choice which are delicately embossed on the ventral area of the anterior section, the Cross Hair’s epidermis is smooth.

It is impregnated with salt and scent, and it is neutrally buoyant.

//content.osgnetworks.tv/infisherman/content/photos/Anglers-Choice-Cross-Hair-jigheads.jpg
At the top is a Cross Hair affixed to a blue 1/32-ounce mushroom-style jig. At the bottom is a Cross Hair affixed to a blue 1/16-ounce mushroom-style jig.

McCready notes that the Cross Hair is Angler’s Choice’s “answer to the skinny drop shot worm.” A drop-shot rig, however, is a method that Midwest finesse anglers rarely employ. But when the Cross Hair is affixed to either a 1/32- or a 1/16-ounce mushroom-style jig with an exposed hook, it should be an effective tool for inveigling largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass that abide in shallow-water locales. Its neutral buoyancy and flat ventral areas are features that Midwest finesse anglers have traditionally lauded. And when Midwest finesse anglers are wielding a Cross Hair, they will employ it with all six of the standard Midwest finesse presentations or slight variations of those retrieves.

A package of 12 costs $5.99.

Endnotes

  1.  Here is a link to Angler’s Choice website: http://www.anglerschoice.ca/40-Cross-Hair_p_79.html.
  2. Anglers can contact Dave McCready at 127 Earl St.,Wallaceburg Ont, N8A 1C6 or dave@anglerschoice.ca or (519) 365-7944.
  3. Here are two links to our gear guides about Angler's Chocie's Ned Hawg and Kill Shot: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/anglers-choice-ned-hawg/357853; https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/angler-choice-kill-shot/365325.
  4. Here is a link to the Midwest Finesse column that describes how Midwest finesse anglers can retrieve the Cross Hair affixed to a small mushroom-style jig: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/six-midwest-finesse-retrieves/153946.

Recommended for You

To help you get a handle on it all, we offer the following rundown of top choices on the buzzbait scene. Bass

Buzzbaits for Bass

Dan Johnson - February 02, 2015

To help you get a handle on it all, we offer the following rundown of top choices on the...

Which of the ten is the best? You decide. Bass

10 Best Bass Fishing States In America

Matt Straw - November 01, 2017

Which of the ten is the best? You decide.

Here's some important crankbait lessons from the big leagues. Bass

Deep Cranking Confessions from the Pro's

John Neporadny Jr - December 18, 2017

Here's some important crankbait lessons from the big leagues.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

New Abu Garcia Baitcasting Reels

New Abu Garcia Baitcasting Reels

In the booth of one of fishing's all-time great reel makers, Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead and Andrew Wheeler of Pure Fishing discuss one of the brand new baitcasting reels from Abu Garcia being released at ICAST 2019.

New 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch from Simms

New 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch from Simms

Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead gets new product details from Simms Fishing Product's John Frazier about the new waterproof 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch.

Simms

Simms' Solarflex Ultra Cool Armor Hoody

John Frazier of Simms Fishing Products helps OSG's Lynn Burkhead understand the new features of the new Simms' Solarflex Ultra Cool Armor sun protection hoody.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Check out this Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart, a simple and accurate explanation from the In-Fisherman biologists. Bass

Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart

Dr. Rob Neumann - January 22, 2017

Check out this Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart, a simple and accurate...

'Walleyes spawn in spring and understanding spring walleye migrations, whether you live north or south, will help you pinpoint their predictable locations year after year. 

Walleyes spawn in spring, but spring may arrive in February in Mississippi, March in Walleye

Understanding Spring Walleye Migrations

Gord Pyzer - June 02, 2018

'Walleyes spawn in spring and understanding spring walleye migrations, whether you live north...

It was an August evening and I was wading the flats in Brewster, MA with my cousin. Here you can Other Fish

Must-Have Striped Bass Tackle

Rick Bach - May 04, 2017

It was an August evening and I was wading the flats in Brewster, MA with my cousin. Here you...

See More Stories

More Midwest Finesse

Joe Capilupo's Illinois-record smallmouth bass. Midwest Finesse

Joe Capilupo's Smallmouth Bass

Ned Kehde - October 28, 2019

Joe Capilupo's Illinois-record smallmouth bass.

Berkley Powerbait Zestail combines the shape of a tube and the action of a twin tail grub into one bait. Midwest Finesse

Berkley's Powerbait Zesttail

Ned Kehde - September 16, 2019

Berkley Powerbait Zestail combines the shape of a tube and the action of a twin tail grub into...

The Big Sexy Bait's Newt is a perfect finesse-type bait for spring fry guarders. Midwest Finesse

Big Sexy Baits' Newt

Ned Kehde - October 03, 2019

The Big Sexy Bait's Newt is a perfect finesse-type bait for spring fry guarders.

See More Midwest Finesse

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.