More on the Crankster SR...
It is very easy to change the swimming level from very close to the surface and almost waking on a slow retrieve to swimming several inches deep by changing the rod angle. If you keep the rod at about a 45-50 degree angle, that will help keep the bait right under the surface throughout the retrieve. By holding the rod tip down, it will then swim from 4" (SR 50) to 10" (SR 65) deep. You may even alternate between the actions on the same retrieve by switching between holding the rod up and keeping it down.
Summer, when weeds are at their thickest and rise closest to the water's surface is a great time to capitalize on the Crankster SR's shallow nature and loud rattle that calls bass out from under the thick grass.
In tidal rivers, other crankbaits may become unusable at low tide, due to emergent vegetation as the tide ebbs, making the Crankster SR's shallow swimming level and rattle indispensable once again. Night fishing is a great time for the Crankster SR's large profile to be silhouetted against the night sky, making it an obvious target for any predator that hones in on its large profile, subsurface turbulence trail and loud sound at night.
During the day, any time when it gets very windy and the surface of the water is choppy, rippled or wind-smeared, you may want to try the Crankster SR. Under these conditions, a typical topwater lure may get lost in the surface commotion and a topwater may not be able to call attention to itself because of all the surface action of the water itself. The beauty of the Crankster SR is that it descends a few inches underneath the chaotic surface of the water when it's choppy or windy. There, a few inches beneath the surface chaos, the Crankster SR is very visible, very vulnerable, singled out and susceptible to any gamefish that is ready to grab at it! Not only does the Crankster SR itself become highly visible when it drops down beneath the tempest-tossed surface of the water, but the many ripples of the surface act like so many shards of a mirror to reflect multiple images of the Crankster in every direction, throwing flashes and glimmers of the Crankster's image all around it, signalling gamefish in every direction to the Crankster's presence.
So you can see how the subsurface nature of the new Crankster SR Shallow Runner gives you many possibilities under many conditions.