The weight scared me initially


I love to tinker with weighting crankbaits and things of that nature. Lots of the handmade shallow crankbaits I have look like a million bucks in the water, but they cast like a stale potato chip. Even the slightest huff of wind makes ’em look like a wounded duck. So when I saw that the Berkley Frittside 5 only weighs 1/3 ounce, I was a little skeptical if I’m being honest. I want a shallow plug I can bomb across flats, points and stump fields without worrying about backlashes.

As it turns out, this crankbait has two weights-one located on either side of the front hook-that are a tremendous help with castability. I’ve used this crankbait plenty during windy conditions and I’m very shocked by how well it casts. It’s such a small crankbait that I was worried I’d have to use a spinning rod to effectively cast it, but you can absolutely get away with using a casting setup.

I’ve been primarily using it on a medium-action casting rod and 12-pound fluorocarbon. There’s no issue at all whipping this lure around with that setup. Just out of curiosity, I’ve also tied it onto one of my medium-heavy action squarebill rods for the folks who may not have a bunch of rods to choose from. The result was fairly surprising: While I had to be a littler more deliberate with my thumb on the spool when casting, I think you could get away with it. It’s important to note, however, that I’d certainly choose a medium-action if possible.