Bandit Crankbaits - Flat Maxx Shallow or Deep
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This crankbait is hot during the summer and fall. Most of the fisheries around southern Arkansas are river or river lakes. This bait mimics shad forage and works effectively anytime, but especially working it through schools of shad. Bass can't resist this bait since it has a tighter wiggle and different vibration than that of its rounder cousins. Went fishing on lake off the Mississippi River Sunday afternoon. Had been using a Helsinki Shad Rapala crank which had been working fairly well. The bite quit around 3 and I switched to my Lucky Craft RC 1.5 in MSMJ American Shad color and caught a few and missed two huge bass which frustrated me. That bite tapered off and I noticed the abundance of shad schooling around my boat. Casted out a Shallow Flat Maxx in the threadfin shad color and hung a 2 pounder on the 3rd cast. Ended up with 12 bass in roughly 20 min. Def a go to lure when the bass are tired of the same ole wide wobble presentations. Also the ablity for this bait to keep from hanging up is unbelievable. The hooks are top notch too in my opinion. Runs true out of the package unlike some other brands (Bomber)
August 23, 2011
Bandit flat maxx
Have been using the bandit flat maxx crank baits in the black and sparkle finish for stripers and wipers on my lake in Tn. Thought I'd try the thread fin shad color and see how they did. Worked well, and caught fish, also run true out of the package.
August 5, 2010
Flat Maxx delivers
Bandits new Flatt Maxx continue the excellent tradition of all Bandit baits. They run true right out of the package and quality hardware guarantees a good hook up. The new shape and size is a dead ringer for a shad, which makes this bait excellent where shad are the main forage. The coffin-shaped bill does a great job of deflecting off obstuctions and triggering strikes. I've used them in several different lakes in several color combos and had excellent results everytime. My favorite is using the shallow runner over submerged grass.
June 7, 2006
Generally speaking, I prefer the Bandit 100's and 200's. However, the larger profile and flat sides do have a time and place. It pushes a lot of water. Nice paint jobs and good hooks. Try it in the fall when the fish move shallow.
September 15, 2007