Fishing is always better when you’re catching, so why waste precious time trying to reach the right depth? Now, anglers can get to the strike zone faster offshore and force bass to bite with Storm®’s new Arashi™ Deep 18 and Deep 25 crankbaits.
“Having baits that will get down into those deep strike zones quick and stay down there, that’s super important,” says Brandon Palaniuk, a five-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier. “A lot of times, you’ll find fish deep on your graph, but they won’t bite just any bait that’ll reach bottom. You need to have an enticing action to grab their attention. With the new Arashi Deep 18 and 25, you’re able to burn a crankbait way down there right in front of their faces and that will trigger reaction strikes.”
As equipment and electronics get better and better, more and more people are figuring out how to find fish offshore “and that pressure you find in offshore waters drives bass deeper,” Palaniuk says. “The Arashi Deep 18 and Deep 25 allow anglers to follow those fish and hit ‘em where they live.” The numbers in the baits’ names indicate their maximum running depths.
“Before, you were limited on the tackle you could catch really deep fish with,” Palaniuk says. “There weren’t many reaction-type baits, moving-type baits, that you could effectively fish that deep.”
Success came quick with the Deep 18 and Deep 25 for Palaniuk, who notched back-to-back top-10 finishes with the lures in major tournaments this May — the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Arizona’s Lake Havasu and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork.
The Arashi Series’ renowned circuit board lip construction gives the Deep 18 and Deep 25 a thinner, but more durable bill that produces more action at slower speeds. “I can dig down into the rocks with Arashis week in and week out and never have a problem with the bill chipping or anything like that,” Palaniuk says.
The Arashi Deep 18 is 3-inches long, weighs 7/8th of an ounce, and comes armed with two No. 2 VMC® Black Nickel Treble Hooks. The Deep 25 measures 3-1/2 inches, weighs 1-3/8th ounces, and boasts two 1/0 VMC Black Nickel Treble Hooks. Both come in 16 fish-catching color patterns.
In clear water, Palaniuk will most likely throw more natural-looking color patterns, like Wakasagi, Pro Blue, Blue Back Herring, Ghost Hitch, Black Silver Shad, Green Gold Shad, Hot Blue Shad, Crappie, Baby Bass or Bluegill. “Even though there might not be a lot of light down deep, these Arashis will pick it up and shine down there,” Palaniuk says.
In stained and dirty water, however, he will throw louder color patterns, like Hot Chartreuse Shad, Black Chartreuse Shad, Mossy Chartreuse Craw, Rusty Craw, Parrot and Red Craw. “A lot of times, it takes a big bright crankbait to get those fish to trigger,” he says.
Like all Arashi baits, the Deep 18 and Deep 25 feature an innovative self-tuning line tie that allows the bait to get back on track quicker after deflecting off of cover. All Arashi baits also feature rotated hook hangers that accommodate larger hooks for a better hook-up ratio.