Featuring a premium vibrating blade and Strike King s recessed head design the Thunder Cricket imparts an erratic action which provides any trailer paired with … The Thunder Cricket features the new Owner® Jungle Flipping Hook which many believe to be the finest hook ever made. Two. Now, the patented versions are really good. The Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig is a fish catching machine, and you will want to make sure you have several of these ready to go when you're on the water! The Thunder Cricket is a narrow profile more diminutive vibrating jig out of the package, but you can beef up the skirt and add a bulky trailer to slow it down a ton. So you can have a fast quick fishing bait or bulkier slower bait depending on the water temp, mood of the fish, season and retrieve you are looking for. The Strike King Thunder Cricket is a fine tuned vibrating swim jig which produces a constant, hard-pulsing action without fouling up meaning more fish in the boat. Take a tip from the pros, and put a Strike King® Thunder Cricket Swim jig on top. It was really properly tested in the field, and you see the results here.”. Feel the Thunder, Lightning and the Thunder Cricket By Strike King (continued) Where's the Thunder? Molded with a wire bait keeper, the Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating … Classic qualifier and Bassmaster Opens pro David Kilgore talks about rigging trailers on a Strike King Thunder Cricket. It features an Owner Jungle Flipping Hook, a stainless steel blade, and is available in 3/8-, 1/2-, 5/8- and 3/4-ounce sizes and nearly a dozen colors. He’s busy skipping the bait into the slightest gaps between dock pilings and boathouse doors as he describes the new bait in his own words. “You see how deep that hook is in there?” he quips. 1-15 of 128. The blades are made of stainless steel for durability and also painted to match the bait. This swimbait-style bait has an impressive action and profile that fish find irresistible. Description Bladed swim jigs belong in every bass angler's arsenal. Z-Man ChatterBaits are a go-to, whether you're fishing docks and … “When you turn the handle on this lure, it’s vibrating,” McDonald explains. I've caught a bunch of schooling fish on it too.Â, I have had one for a couple of years thanks to getting some of the early prototypes to play with. This bait, for instance, was tested in the field by our pro staff — the best in the business — for months prior to use. The Thunder Cricket fixes that.”, At a break in the action, Montgomery pauses to outline the design features which separate the Thunder Cricket from its predecessors. The Thunder Cricket's blade features rounded rather than squared off edges . The Thunder Cricket was designed through a collaborative team effort by Kevin VanDam, Greg Hackney, Andy Montgomery and licensed by Z-Man®. The Jackhammer takes a couple cranks to get moving but has a harder thump once it gets going.-The skirt on the Zman is better/thicker/heavier. Each pro FTR spoke to had a different favorite trailer, tailored to their specific fishing strategy. The Thunder Cricket was designed through a collaborative team effort by Kevin VanDam, Greg Hackney, Andy Montgomery and licensed by Z-Man®. I've had a bunch of success with the Thunder Cricket every where I've fished it. Each pro FTR spoke to had a different favorite trailer, tailored to their specific fishing strategy. The Thunder Cricket has a big hook that helps the hookup ratio. This hook is just incredible.”. The hook stands out as it is beefy and sharp. Its innovative … I saw two years ago what it could do and I've been sold ever since.Â. Today, the old dog and veteran Bassmaster Elite Series angler has returned to the lazy Alabama River with a new trick — the Strike King Thunder Cricket. Three turns of the reel, and Menendez hooks up with a solid keeper. Come see what all the noise is about! You miss fish with it, and the reason for that is because the blade would actually get in the way. Offered in an array of sizes perfect for hitting all depths as well as to compliment the speed needed for the conditions. The Thunder Cricket also features a recessed head design, a premium skirt and a high-end paint job that’ll resist chips and scrapes. We have a long hook that does that. 6-keys: sports/wired2fish//// Keep your eyes open for it in better tackle retailers everywhere following The Bassmaster Classic. Strike King is making things work with a slightly different head design, a blade with a rounded edge instead of square, and a hinged line tie. Over two decades ago, he qualified for his first ever Bassmaster Classic right here, on the banks of the Coosa River. Again options are good with this bait.Â. The all-new Thunder Cricket comes in 4 sizes, 3/8, ½, 5/8 & ¾ oz. Thunder Cricket Set Up: Rod: https://amzn.to/2U3MYSa Reel: https://amzn.to/2G7pl6r Line: https://amzn.to/2IdrMHb Bait: https://bit.ly/2KhEV4v Trailer: … A segmented body and slender profile deliver a very natural and lifelike swimming action that is essential to getting bites … Menendez has ferried us to the back of a surgically-thin Coosa River creek to show me why. Based around Strike King’s innovative, recessed head design, the Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig features a premium vibrating blade, which imparts an erratic action and provides trailers with an exaggerated movement for … Here’s how they broke down. The Strike King Thunder Cricket is a fine tuned vibrating swim jig which produces a constant, hard-pulsing action without fouling up meaning more fish in the boat. Simply put, the pivot head and the length of the hook allow you to catch more of the fish that bite this bait.”, Elsewhere on the Coosa, FLW Tour veteran Billy McDonald has located a pond near a community of lakeside houses. “At first, when bladed jigs got popular, there were a lot of knock-offs that weren’t good. This vibrating jig offers good colors, strong hook, awesome trailer keeper, a different sound and action than other vibrating jigs and that fish catching allure you want in a good vibrating swim jig. Several miles away, in a cove off of the river’s main channel, Major League Fishing star Andy Montgomery has honed in on stretch of docks. I bought a Thunder cricket to compare it to the original Z-Man chatterbait. And as the sportfishing industry gears up for ICAST 2019, the Thunder Cricket is poised to be one of the stars of the show. The chatterbait has a much better skirt. The real key in the bait's design, and what had all four pros really excited was the use of an Owner Zo-Wire … Featuring a premium vibrating blade and Strike King's recessed head design the Thunder Cricket imparts an erratic action which provides any trailer paired w The Thunder Cricket features the new Owner® Jungle Flipping Hook which many believe to be the finest hook ever made. As you can see from the first couple of pictures, the Thunder Cricket features a different actuating line tie that is free to move and not attached to the head and the blade is also uniquely shaped. So I finally lay out all the details on both! First page loaded, no previous page available. Sign up for our instant alerts to be notified whenever breaking news or new product announcements drop. It’s a 1500 lbs trailer that anyone you’d find in that first picture above would find useful, from mountain climbers, kayakers, hikers….anyone who’s lifestyle … Based around Strike King’s innovative, recessed head design, the Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig features a premium vibrating blade, which imparts an erratic action and provides trailers … The bait was developed by Strike King’s pro staff, and is officially licensed by Z-Man. It will be available in 10 colors that are sure to be the prettiest things a bass has ever seen. The business end of any lure is the hook. Available in 3/8-, 1/2-, 5/8- and 3/4-ounce sizes with 10 colors. One. It ended up as a great all-around bait! On the Elite Series, the fish could be enough to help him edge out another competitor for a chance at a six-figure check. Montgomery — a comedic South Carolinian who made his name on the Bassmaster Elite Series as a uniquely-gifted dock specialist — is also fishing the Thunder Cricket. © 2020 Fishing Tackle Retailer. At Major League Fishing, Montgomery prefers Strike King KVD Swim N’ Shiner, which gives the bait a demonstrably wider action in open water, and excels at skipping under docks. “You don’t have to rip it or pull it to make it happen.”. If you use a trailer, the thunder cricket has a better trailer retention hook, and the stainless blade is a plus, but that is where the thunder cricket's advantage ends. Over at the FLW Tour, McDonald leans towards a Strike King Rage Bug, which makes the bait more weedless. “One of the inherent problems with the bladed jig was the hookup ratio. With a trailer keeper, a custom jig adapted from the saltwater sector, and a purposefully thin skirt, the Thunder Cricket is designed to be used with a trailer. The hefty width of the Rage Bug helps keep Thunder Cricket’s hook from rolling over on limbs and other cover. section: | slug: strike-king-thunder-cricket-review | route: article_single | This meticulously configured premium jig took high honors during extensive testing by the Strike King Pro Team, and is now showing up in tournament boxes wherever bass swim. Featuring a premium vibrating blade and Strike King's recessed head design the Thunder Cricket imparts an erratic action which provides any trailer paired with an exaggerated movement that bass can't resist. The Strike King Thunder Cricket retails for $13.99. I can fish it fast to keep it shallow or fish it slow to make it run like a deeper crankbait. Currently loaded videos are 1 through 15 of 128 total videos. Simply put, the Cricket Trailer is a base camp. So, when you jerk the bait, the blade actually acts as a deflector, and deflects the hook away from the fish’s mouth. This meticulously configured premium jig took high honors during extensive testing by the Strike King Pro Team, and is now showing up in tournament boxes wherever bass sw Bladed Jigs are one of the best producing baits for bass tournament anglers and weekend warriors alike, with the Z-Man ChatterBait (and Evergreen ChatterBait, Jackhammer, Freedom) as well as the Strike King Rage Blade being regular top producers. The Strike King® KVD Perfect Plastics Blade Minnow started out to be a great trailer. Take a tip from the pros, and put a Strike King® Thunder Cricket Swimjig on top. “To increase hookup ratio, you want to get the hook away from the blade. In this creek, he’s gambling for fat, spawning spotted bass, but hoists a chunky largemouth instead. The combination of the two gives this vibrating jig what I would call a tighter, higher-pitched vibration which I like in a lot of instances.Â. One of the vibrating jigs I've been throwing a lot the last couple of years, is the Strike King Thunder Cricket. The unique recessed head design and … : It's a little ironic that a bait with the word "Thunder" in its name really feels more like a finesse option. All Rights Reserved. The lure is the latest in a long line of bladed jigs that have proliferated throughout the bass fishing universe since the  original ChatterBait exploded on the scene in the mid-2000s. Based around Strike King’s innovative, recessed head design, the Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig features a premium vibrating blade, which imparts an erratic action and provides trailers with an exaggerated movement for … Based around Strike King's innovative, recessed head design, the Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig features a premium vibrating blade, which imparts an erratic action and provides trailers with an exaggerated movement for heightened realism. The Thunder Cricket is a narrow profile more diminutive vibrating jig out of the package, but you can beef up the skirt and add a bulky trailer to slow it down a ton. The hook is something that was often overlooked in the early days of vibrating jigs. One of the first things you notice on the Thunder Cricket is the blade shape. The paint helps the bait look really good, and it holds up well. The Strike King® Thunder Cricket was designed through a collaborative team effort by Kevin VanDam, Greg Hackney, Andy Montgomery and licensed by Z-Man®. Here’s how they broke down. I will put on a fire craw skirt at times too in the spring. The Z-Man Evergreen Jackhammer vs Strike King Thunder Cricket is a question I get all the time! Load Next Page. Most guys just don’t come up here because they’re scared to death of the flats you have to cross to get here.”. I personally, fished the Thunder Cricket on an Abu Garcia IKE Delay Series 7'-10" medium heavy cranking stick matched … You can find the Thunder Cricket at these retailers: site: sports | ptype: stories | pageType: stories | I like the 5/8 ounce size a lot. My favorite stock colors are bruiser, blue craw, chartreuse blue glimmer, and bluegill. I can get it down into the grass and snatch it out quick for a reaction.Â, I've caught fish on it in muddy water, clear water, around grass, under docks, through standing timber and on rocky banks. A vibrating jig has really become one of the main staples in bass fishing now largely due to its effectiveness in any depth of water and a variety of cover like docks and grass. This vibrating jig creates an intense pulsing action, can be fished in and around heavy cover, and triggers aggressive strikes. “This place used to have sewage dumps in it, and the fishing was insane,” he says. You know in the back of a thunder cricket, you know or any way to jig for that matter, you wanna put some kind of trailer and you know I'll I'll put you know that rage you know three point, 25 swimmer or 375 swimmer So just think about what you know you wanna do with the bait if you wanna get it down in the water column, you … Strike King actually put an Owner Jungle Fl… The blade is an ultra-thin, ultra-stiff stainless steel blade w originalDevice: deviceType:desktop. The big barb prevents them from coming off. On the Elite Series, Menendez prefers a Strike King Game Hawg trailer on the Thunder Cricket, a trailer that gives the bait a distinct bluegill profile. When the fish bite, the blade collapses. Developed with the keen input of Strike King’s pro-staff, the Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig has been fine tuned to produce a constant, hard-pulsing action without fouling. -The vibration on the Thunder Cricket is slightly less than the Jackhammer but the action/vibration on the Thunder Cricket seems to start immediately on the retrieve. With a trailer keeper, a custom jig adapted from the saltwater sector, and a purposefully thin skirt, the Thunder Cricket is designed to be used with a trailer. That action, McDonald says, is part of the ongoing evolution of the bladed jig. So you can have a fast quick fishing bait or bulkier slower bait depending on the water temp, mood of the fish, season and retrieve you are looking for. I like that customization aspect a lot.Â. Mark Menendez has seen these waters before. The Thunder Cricket is a great example of the sort of game-changing innovations that Strike King’s pro-staff has been sharing with us regular fishermen for decades. They come in 3/8, 1/2, 5/8 and 3/4 ounce sizes. It is noticeably more rounded and appears to be a bit smaller than one found a ChatterBait. The Thunder Cricket features the new Owner® Jungle Flipping Hook which many believe to be the finest hook ever made. The Thunder Cricket features a stout wide hook that really has a ton of bite and hooks and holds bass well and easily without flex to make sure you land that trophy bass.Â, The keeper system features a grooved V lead keeper coupled with a wire hook to keep your trailer from budging on cascading skips and rambunctious bass.Â, While I like a lot of the stock colors on the Thunder Cricket, the skirts are easily removed and swapped so you can carry a handful of skirts and heads and have just about any color Thunder Cricket you want in seconds. Carry a handful of trailers to mimic shad, bluegill, crawfish, or whatever you can come up with along with skirts to match and you got a whole system with just a few different sized heads. 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