Roy de Wet - Xcite Baits - XB-1


This review originates from and has approval from the author to be republished, the original thread can be viewed here


A couple weeks back we did another trip to one of our favourite spots, the night before I decided I wanted to catch a decent fish on crank as I have lost confidence in crank fishing mainly due to the fact that I have been focusing more on plastic and jig fishing.


The fishing started off a bit slow for me and I was mainly focusing on throwing plastics, as I was kicking over to another promising looking spot I decided to take out my Square bill Rod that already had the Xcite Bait XB 1 Square Bill in Blue Gill colour tied on.

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I have thrown this bait before a few times but only managed a few dinks on it but I have always been impressed with how easily this bait comes through the thick stuff and its extreme buoyancy ,when paused it just floats back out of the structure. This is a really well made crank with a great paint job, when you hold it in your hand you just know this thing must catch fish.

The XB-1 square bill crank-bait by Xcite Baits is truly a revolutionary crank-bait! It features a tungsten ball bearing internal weight transfer system for long and accurate casts. Plus, its 3-D eyes and gills will drive fish crazy in the shallow waters! Each and every XB-1 crank-bait is hand tuned and tested before being packaged.

When I reached my spot I made a few cast just playing around with the XB1 looking at its action with different retrieve speeds, what's nice about the XB-1 is that you can really fish this bait slow and with confidence knowing that the chances of it hanging up is very low.

After making a few casts I noticed some sticks and a nice underwater boulder close to it, I put in the perfect cast tight to the shore line cranked the handle a few times paused cranked again made the XB-1 bounce off the boulder when it got absolutely smashed, it was one of the best bites I have had on crank in ages.

I leaned into the fish and knew this was a good one as she broke surface, she put up a fantastic fight and took line a few times, I played her for a while as she was hooked in both the top and the bottom lip. I brought her in slowly and lipped this very nice fish.


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I wanted to catch a good fish on crank and I managed to achieve that thanks to the Xcite Baits XB-1. This crank gets my recommendation and to any Bass angler looking to try some square-bill fishing try the Xcite Baits XB-1 Square Bill Crank-bait you will not be disappointed.

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