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Reading a Bassmaster.com article recently.  It mentioned how certain baits become staples in certain regions (like the Wiggle Wart in the Ozarks, Shad Rap in TN).  It mentioned how the Bomber Fat Free Shad is a staple in TN.  Wondering everyone's opinion of these baits.  They're not a bait that I've ever really thrown.

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They’ve worked just fine for me. Can’t say they’re anymore special than anything else, but they work. 

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The old bomber baits are the  best if. U can fine any this day in time lol the new one just don't have the action  to me and shad rap sure are good in colder water I use strike king kvd 1.5 most of the time and series 5 and 6 in summertime and hot lips are a mainstay in east tn in summertime  

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9 hours ago, bluejig said:

The old bomber baits are the  best if. U can fine any this day in time lol the new one just don't have the action  to me and shad rap sure are good in colder water I use strike king kvd 1.5 most of the time and series 5 and 6 in summertime and hot lips are a mainstay in east tn in summertime  

What is considered old for "the old ones"? 

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I love them.  TN shad, citrus shad, and all white have been the most productive colors.  The medium runner (6 series) is about the best all-round crankin' bait I've used.  Great in rocks or brush.  Doesn't dive quite to the max depth right out of the box but a few simple adjustments will get you there (and then some).

 

The older Bomber bait style has the pointy bill.  It's a little more erratic on the retrieve.  Has a little bit longer body.  Don't buy any of the fire tiger baits in this style.  They don't work at all in stained water.  ;) 

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In general, fire tiger cranks have been largely overlooked in recent years. In the not too distant past, I went to Cherokee in the early spring after torrential rain & smashed em on a firetiger 6a bomber. Every single point had multiples on it.

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Works good in NC as well Chowan River Jordan Lake.... this is for the model A Bomber. sorry for hijacking the original thread.  But for the fat free shad ones what identifies an old one from a new one?

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I used to throw a fat free shad (citruse?) alot. It was a good bait on norris. But i got tired of having to buy new ones, because the bodies started splitting, from the rear hook forward. The older (10yrs) ones didn't do that, but i don't have any left in that color. I quit buying them, & went back to my old favorite ( no, im not telling) & have done very well. I even tried the square bill version bomber made, & was not impressed. 

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