Key Features of a Quality Squarebill Crankbait

This is something that many people overlook when choosing and testing different square-billed lures. I’m really, really into this because if I’m going to spend my hard-earned money on a bass fishing lure, it better be the latter. This is further amplified by the nature of square-bill fishing; they’re supposed to crash into and collide with hard cover, so I have absolutely no use for a flimsy hold that will be compromised after close combat.

This is why I pay particular attention to the connection between the invoice and the body. I don’t even know if that’s a real term but heck, I think I just made one. When you look at a square spout in most packages, you can tell how connected the spout, or lip, is to the body. If there’s a bunch of glue all over the joint, I’m leaving. In most cases, I’ve learned this means the bill will break prematurely after a few weeks of heavy use. Likewise, if there is a noticeable discrepancy between the bill and the body, I would advise you to stay away for the same reasons.

Speaking of bills, most packages will also allow you to see how much of the bill is placed on the body of the lure. Even today, I go to a sporting goods store to pick up a few last-minute caps and look like a fool holding the package up to my eye. But if you pay close attention, you’ll notice that some square lips are actually twisted. This means that no matter how much you set this lure it won’t run straight and if you do end up running it a bit normally it will probably blow sideways if you retrieve it too quickly. So before buying a new square ticket from a store, always inspect the ticket. For some reason, you’ll probably find several that are twisted and not worth buying.

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