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    I received the Arkie 350 crank quickly (for field test) and was eager to get it in the water. The hooks were sharp and I like the red color ( some of the cranks used are in a photo below. The 350 is the uppermost crank).



    I set up to push cranks on four poles using 2.5 ounce weights. Trip one I pushed through a stump field in 12' of water, the stumps reach up 6' from the bottom. Fish were holding from the top of the stumps to the bottom. The results were allot of small fish. The small crappie and small stripes hit the 350 crank with gusto. In fact they seemed to prefer the larger crank to the smaller ones I was pushing. I moved off the stumps and pushed over a grass bed in 8' of water. No crappie there but picked up a bass and a catfish.

    Trip #2. Moved to a deep inlet into a backwater from the river. Depth was 17' with large tree tops all in the bottom and grass on the sides. The tops were loaded with crappie. The only problem was they were small. Caught several small crappie and more small stripes then I cared to reel in. The channel was so narrow I was down the pushing two poles. Second part of trip two I was determined to put the Arkie 350 crank in front of some good sized crappie. I headed to the main river to a stand of flooded timber in 20 to 30 fow. Trolled for two miles and only marked a couple of fish on the sonar the rest was a barren wasteland void of any fish.

    Trip # 3 another stand of flooded timber in 20 fow ended with the same results. My lake do to an early warm up followed by cold snaps have caused the fish to try and spawn later than normal. Which has made them next to impossible to pattern. In summary the Arkie 350 performed well, ran straight, true and caught fish. I plowed it through stump fields with not so much as a snag. The same went for the flooded timber. I will be pushing the Arkie 350 crank again when the fish become more stable and back on there normal pattern. It is a great crank in a good color all the fish below were caught on the 350 crank which is nestled in a Plano box awaiting the chance at another trip.

    Thanks Arkie and Crappie.com for allowing me the chance to review this great new crank. Sincerely, DockShootinJack



    This article was originally published in forum thread: Arkie Lures Contest - get a crank bait and write a review....read more... started by Slab View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. broz's Avatar
      broz -
      Sweet nice pic. too
    1. skeetbum's Avatar
      skeetbum -
      You're doing good with that. I'm doing the learning curve on pushing myself. Thanks for sharing.
    1. mb4850's Avatar
      mb4850 -
      How fast do you push those cranks
    1. DockShootinJack's Avatar
      DockShootinJack -
      I pushed them from .75 to 1.8 mph. They hit them the best around 1.2 to 1.5mph for me. The water was a little cooler then and they were in an out of the spawning grounds with the weather fluctuations we were having.
    1. kickingback's Avatar
      kickingback -
      Very nice!
    1. brucec's Avatar
      brucec -
      Pushing cranks, that sounds funny!!! Thanks for the report DSJ !!!!!
    1. RetiredRR's Avatar
      RetiredRR -
      Pushing is easier to watch than pulling. Good post. One of the easiest ways to fish from a kayak.
    1. DockShootinJack's Avatar
      DockShootinJack -
      Pushing is also easier to control when going down deep narrow winding creek's leading into back water areas. The one I pushed was 17' deep with tree tops all in the bottom. It was way to curvy to pull cranks down. It was loaded with staging fish.
    1. Dave and Lynn's Avatar
      Dave and Lynn -
      Great read. Thanks for sharing.
    1. MrGoodtime's Avatar
      MrGoodtime -
      I love my arkie crankbaits, i have at least 2 of every color in 220 and 350 series and they all catch fish, i pull and push them, but mostly pull. Arkie hit it out of the park with their crankbaits.
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