Yo-Zuri 3DR-X Crank DD 50F Review

Yo-Zuri 3DR-X Crank DD 50F Review

During the late winter and early pre-spawn period, fishing with a crankbait is a proven way to push the limits of bass quality. This technique works all over the country and catches almost every type of bass. Cold water temperatures and muddy water often mean tough fishing, but these are the perfect conditions for throwing a crankbait. While many anglers traditionally stick to shallow baits in shallow water, I like to employ deep-divers this time of year. One of my favorite deep diving baits to catch pre-spawn fish is the Yo-Zuri 3DR-X Crank DD 50F.

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BUILDING THE 3DR-X CRANKBAIT

The Yo-Zuri 3DR-X Series DD Crankbait is 2 inches long and dives to depths of about 10 feet. This bait weighs about 3/8 of an ounce and features an efficient bill that maximizes your time in the strike zone. Additionally, these leaves are very durable allowing you to grind this bait to the bottom without compromising the integrity of the bait.

The 3DR-X Series DD Crankbait features an internal paint job with 3D Prism finishes that reflect light without chipping or corrosion. This lure also uses raised gill rigs, a molded lower jaw, and 3D eyes to add a level of realism to the classic style of the lure. Finished with premium treble hooks and split rings, the Yo-Zuri 3DR-X Series DD Crankbait is the perfect choice for catching big bass before spawning.

3DR-X CRANKBAIT APPLICATIONS

While this crankbait can be used year-round, there are some scenarios where this crankbait really shines. My favorite time of year to use this bait is late winter and early spring. During this time water temperatures are typically in the mid to upper 50s, and water clarity is often somewhat dirty. This means that lures that have a lot of action and water displacement are usually the most productive. The 3DR-X DD Series Crankbait produces an erratic fishing action ideal for attracting bass in low visibility conditions.

One high incidence location for casting this bait is around the banks of swinging channels leading into spawning bays. Just this week I went out with a 3DR-X DD Series Crankbait targeting bass on this type of structure. I started out in the morning grinding this bait on the bottom in 3-5 feet of water. The fish were stacked shallow during the low light conditions and I was able to catch a few quality bass quickly. However, as soon as the sun rose above the horizon, these fish retreated from the bank. I’ve made a few shallow passes on this bank without getting bitten.

At first, I was parallel to the bank and making narrow casts along the rocky shore. I then decided to position my boat further back from the bank and make casts in the water 6-10 feet deep. This bait quickly got into the strike zone allowing me to dig to the bottom on structure a little deeper than I had previously fished. This technique ended up producing the biggest bass of the day at 6 pounds, 14 ounces. This taught me the importance of adjusting the presentation as well as using a crankbait a little deeper than what is recommended for your preferred depth range.

SETTING 3DR-X CRANKBAIT

Getting the setup right is another important factor in finding success with a Yo-Zuri 3DR-X Series DD Crankbait. I prefer a parabolic rod and reel with a lower gear ratio paired with 12-pound fluorocarbon line. My favorite line for this style of fishing is the Yo-Zuri T-7 Premium Fluorocarbon line. This line has the perfect amount of stretch and abrasion resistance for grinding that bait on hard cover without fear of breaking.

For a rod, I prefer a 7-foot medium action with a parabolic tip. This style of rod allows for precise casts and a gentle bend to prevent the treble hooks being pulled away from the fish. This is very important when making tight casts with a crankbait around shallow cover. One of my favorite rods for throwing a Yo-Zuri 3DR-X Series DD Crankbait is the 7-foot Dobyns Champion XP Crankbait Casting Rod.

For a reel, I prefer a reel with a smaller spool and a slower gear ratio. The smaller reel size allows for a lighter reel and less fatigue when casting this lure for long periods of time. The slow gear ratio allows you to run this bait without blowing it due to the fast retrieve. One of my favorite reels for throwing a Yo-Zuri 3DR-X Series DD Crankbait is the Shimano Curado 70 MGL K casting reel with a 6:1 gear ratio.

The Yo-Zuri 3DR-X Series DD Crankbait is the perfect bait for targeting positional bass before posting on shallow to mid-range cover. Burning this bait around rocky banks and woody cover is a great way to generate aggressive reaction strikes when water temperatures are low. If you are looking for a cold water crankbait that will give you an edge over your competition, I recommend checking out the Yo-Zuri 3DR-X Series DD Crankbait.

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Sam Hange

Sam Hange

Sam Hanggi spent four years competing on Auburn University’s fishing team and earned a degree in pre-law. He has fished competitively all over the country and will continue to fish competitively outside of Wired2fish. Sam’s favorite technique is to throw a large swimbait into shallow water. Some of his favorite bodies of water are Saginaw Bay, St. Lawrence River, Clarks Hill, and the James River. He has earned numerous top 10 and top 5 finishes throughout his college career and loves sharing his knowledge and passion for fishing with others.

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