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There's nothing sneaky about the way these cranks catch fish! Bandit® lures always run true right out of the box, and have the ability to steal you a tournament win anytime. Bandit's 200 series crankbaits scream for attention and are very productive along outside drop-offs or where clear water forces fish deep. Producing an extra-wide wobble and offering a loud, fish-attracting rattle, these Bandit crankbaits really bring the strikes home!
This is the workhorse crank in my crankin box. Over the past few years I have made a flip from Largemouths to river Smallmouth. This 200 series runs at a perfect depth for most of the water that I come across. It bangs off of the rocks time and time again and most importantly, it catches fish. Since they no longer come with Triple Grip hooks, I usually change them out to Triple Grips or Gamakatsu EWG hooks. I have caught many fish with the stock hooks that Bandits come with. Great colors, durablity and out of the package performance. Dont forget about the price. Great job Bandit.
June 6, 2010
What a great Bomber. It runs true and has a good shine to attract the Bass to it. Runs deept at about 30 feet.
January 25, 2009
First Place and "Big Fish"...
We took First Place and won the "Big Fish" pool in a local club tournament with this lure. The color was called "Mistake". No mistake about it, this is one killer crankbait.
March 3, 2009
Defies the Odds
It seems like everybody has got some (or several) Bandit crankbaits. It would seem like fish everywhere would be extremely familiar with these lures, but lo and behold, they still catch largemouths consistently. I prefer the Baby Bass and Rootbeer designs. I throw them around the edges of grass or some logs and they do consistently better than other designs or more expensive brands. And they always run straight. I've never had to tune one up. So even though Bandits are extremely popular, the fish apparently haven't grown tired of them yet. Excellent product.
July 14, 2010
Personally I don't think color matters as much to the fish as it does to the fisherman. General rule is the darker the color water the darker the color you should use. Chartreuse is always a good choice in my opinion. Good luck
alternate between stopping whenever you bump into something, stopping once of twice in each retrieve, and a slight jerk once or twice in between retrieves. The stopping and jerking and slight bump excites fish and over half of my bites on crankbaits come during or right after i do these.
When at rest the Bandit lures all float up slowly, like Speed Traps these lures can be fished with a stop and go retrieve. Because they float up you can fish them right over grass or submerged wood and pause them in key ambush areas allowing the lure to hold for a second or two longer in strike zones in an effort to force feed them to fish. Search online you might fine a video or two on using this bait.
These Bandits are the workhorses of my crankbait collection. Awesome. As far as boxes, I have been using the FTO series ( used to be Falcon ) Plano. These boxes are not cheep but they are built well, they keep your crankbaits untangled and easy to see and grab. The boxes are also thinner ( so you can store more boxes ) and they really are secure when you close them. The bandits 100's and 200's fit nicely in the small or medium size FTO. Hope this helps
You can go to the Bandit website to see what the current available colors are. Discontinued colors are still available but hard to find. Shop the smaller bait stores or look online using "Bandit Bait (color)'. as of mid 2014, "Mistake" and "Chartreuse/Black Stripe" have the lines of Bumble Bee but the colors are different. I still find Bumble Bee in the stores.