One of my favourite lures is the Atomic Hardz Crank 38. It has proven itself as one of Australia’s most successful Bream lures but is just as enticing to most estuary and freshwater species as well. The wide wobble and rolling action mixed with its internal rattle really fires up the fish.
It comes in three depth ranges. Shallow for cranking those high tide weed and sand flats and is also deadly when slow rolled over the top of shallow sunken rock walls. The Deep and Double Deep models are perfect for running down the sides of rock walls and along pontoons and bridge pylons. The Double Deep itself will reach nearly 2 metres. The extra depth enables your lure to bump along the structure which can really excite finnicky fish.
Try them along the edges of lily pads for Bass or let them burrow along the sand drop-off’s for Flathead. Available in a huge colour range they should be part of every fisho’s arsenal. Remember if you’re targeting Bream, slow it right down. I have fired up timid Bream with ultra slow retrieves where the lure is just moving and if you can get it to occasionally bump the structure—bingo—the results should follow. Slower is better!
Author – Nigel Skyring
Featured Angler – Zac Skyring