Gear Review: Strike King Thunder Cricket

What is it?

Strike King Thunder Cricket

What sets it apart?

Strike King took a proven bait style and gave it a boost of confidence by pumping up the components and including some sweet new design components. For starters, the bait is built with a 4/0 Owner flipping hook made with ZO Wire. This material yields hooks of smaller diameter that are stronger and harder. A thinner hook ensures better penetration, but, the ZO Wire technology ensures the hook will stand up to rigorous use.

How do I use it?

Working under license of U.S. patents owned by Z-Man Fishing Products, Inc., Strike King came up with several unique features, such as the shape of its blade shape, which emits an erratic vibration even at low speeds thanks in part to the interlocking pin attachment. The Thunder Cricket also features a recessed head design, a premium skirt and a high-end paint job that’ll resist chips and scrapes. Available in 3/8-, 1/2-, 5/8- and 3/4-ounce sizes with 10 colors.

How much?

$13.99

More Information:

Thunder Cricket

Angler’s insight:

One of the best baits for covering water and locating aggressive fish, the bladed jig is a staple for prespawn pursuits. Strike King’s new creation will play this role well, along with any other “search mode” job. A screw-lock bait keeper securely holds your choice of trailers so you’re not wasting time straightening out that craw or swimbait after every bite. A recent pre-release field test found the fish crushing this bait. Most impressive was the solid hookups, courtesy of that serious hardware.