Rebel® Crickhopper™ and Bighopper
I have personally caught seven different species of fish with this lure in yellow and once in green. Fish this lure catches: Bass, Musky, Sunfish, Pike, Pickerel, Perch, Walleye, Fallfish, and Trout browns,rainbows,and brookies just to name a few.
November 14, 2014
SUPER LURE FOR KIDS
The crickhopper is probably the best pan fish lure on the market. I have caught a ton of pan fish using the crickhopper. I have caught many different species on the lure including smallmouth and largemouth bass. I have also caught a 41' MUSKY using this lure (it grabbed a small largemouth bass who took the lure and would not let go until it was landed). My grandsons love them. They are best with ultralight takle - I prefer 4lb Excel line. I currently have about 3 dozen in my tackle box in different colors. Highly recommend them.
June 27, 2014
I bought this lure on a whim based on the fact that most of the fish in my local fishing spots feed on bugs, and this definitely looks like something fish would eat.
For me, at least, it seems to need a few casts to "warm up", I haven't ever caught anything on the first cast, but it sure gets fish curious and eventually you will start cranking them in. It seems like once a few of them commit to biting it turns into a feeding frenzy!
I use this lure almost exclusively now when fishing for bluegill in local farm ponds, or just casting in at a new pond to see what it has in it. It is fun to use and it delivers. I catch a variety of fish on it, including bluegill, crappie and bass. Seems like anything in the pond will take a pass at it. I use the yellow color throughout the year, and the fish respond well. I would like to get a black version and see if the color has any effect on performance.
I have had the best luck using a steady retrieve and keeping it about 1-2 feet deep. Once in a while they will hit it topwater when it is cast out, but that isn't the norm in my experience.
The only drawbacks are that if it is dragged through weeds, the fluttering motion stops, and without the motion you can pretty much guarantee no bites. Also, with the front treble hook, sometimes it will snag the line when you cast it and stop the flutter of the lure until you untangle it. That said, most of the fish I catch are snagged on the front hook, so I wouldn't advise removing it. Neither of these are unique problems, just inherent drawbacks with using this type of lure.
Overall, a great and productive lure for the money.
June 23, 2014
I have found that the black cricket color produces the most strikes for me. I have caught some nice 2-3 pound bass with this lure. I fish usually fish it on a 6 ft ultralight rod with 4lb mono. This draws in panfish like no other, gentle twitches on the surface produce huge strikes. Sometimes it will just be sucked under, but i have caught massive bluegill, around 1.5 lbs- 2.0 lbs.
May 9, 2014