Developed to Attack Every Level of the Water Column
By: Shaye Baker
There are a few special features that set the MONSTERBASS Seeker crankbaits apart from the pack, and some high-end characteristics that put them in a class with only a handful of others.
A neat, and refreshingly unique series of crankbaits, the Seeker comes in three dive depth options: Seeker 6 (a 6-foot diver), Seeker 8 (an 8-foot diver), and Seeker 12 (you guessed it! A 12-foot diver). Available in 18 premium colors, the Seeker has the mid-range of the water column covered when it comes to cranking.
Unique Bill Design
I rarely use the term ‘unique’ when talking about a fishing lure. Chances are there’s one (in a million other baits) out there that has a similar feature, and inevitable, someone will call me out about on social media. With that risk in mind, I still hold that the bill design of the Seeker is unique.
I’ve seen some pointed bills on a crankbait, and a lot of rounded ones, but the bill on the Seeker is a combination of both. It’s almost like a rounded-off diamond shape with a thick base where it meets the body of the bait. The resulting action is that the Seeker dives fast and straight but has a hunting action that resembles what you’d see with a Wiggle Wart. It truly does seem to “seek” out its prey when hunting. Hence the name Seeker.
Magnetic Weight Transfer System
Whereas the bill design sets the Seeker apart, the magnetic weight transfer system is what puts this bait into a class with only a few others. I have seen only a handful of companies implement this technology over the last few years, and it’s a feature that I’m a big fan of. Basically, there’s a chamber within the bait that houses a metal ball. This ball is allowed to roll around in the chamber until it rolls over a magnet in the front of the bait that locks it into place.
When the ball is locked into place, the bait is well-balanced for fishing. But when you go to cast, as you load the bait up in your backcast, you’ll hear the ball dislodge from the magnet and slam into the tail as it makes its way through the chamber. This puts the weight of the bait on the tail end, making it more aerodynamic, thus helping the bait cast farther and straighter. A really nice touch.
A Little More Action
The unique bill design gives the Seeker its unique hunting action, but once the bait gets down to its designed depth, it stays down. It has a true action with a little bit of erratic action mixed in, but it doesn’t blowout to one side like you see with a lot of baits that shoot for this type of action.
It’s best to start the bait off slow when you first reel it, letting the bill catch and dig in to start the dive off clean. But after that, you can burn the bait back fast without having to worry about the dreaded blowout—where some crankbaits death spiral back to the boat.
The whole lineup of Seeker crankbaits are fast floating, which makes them great for coming over cover. If you bump into something hard or feel your bait digging in and getting stuck, simply pause your retrieve for a few seconds and the bait will float free of the obstruction.
Red Hook and Other Details
Upon close inspection, you can see some of the finer details of this bait. The big eyes and intricacy of the scales and gill plates are reminiscent of the high-end baits I’ve seen from Japanese lure designers. I’m a sucker for pretty bait, and these are pretty baits.
I also like the hooks. A lot! And I’ve noticed these hooks on a few of the MONSTERBASS baits. They’re Japanese Kitana treble hooks. Very sharp and effective. The front hook is red, which is meant to key the bass in on the center of the bait, giving the angler the best chance of connecting with the fish. And from my personal experience with the Seeker, the front hook is what the bass had hold of most of the time.
Available in 18 colors and 3 different depth ranges, the Seeker series of crankbaits from MONSTERBASS will add several weapons to your arsenal. With a unique bill design and an action few others have been able to pull off, the Seeker is a bait I’d certainly recommend trying. And at $10.00, it’s packed full of high-end design details for a reasonable price. Super sharp trebles, detailed body work and a magnetic weight transfer system for improved castability typically push the price tag of a bait like this a little higher. A quality bait for any price and a bargain if you’re looking for a crankbait that’s a little bit different.
Crankbait fishing tips that NO ONE is talking about!
Get the Seeker Series HERE at the MONSTERBASS store. Use code SEEKER20 at checkout to get 20% off every individual Seeker Series lure!
If you're looking for a crankbait series that can handle just about any condition and still entice reaction strikes, then you're going to love the Seeker Series. The Seeker Series is the first line of crankbaits from MONSTERBASS. I'm going to put these baits to the test, gather the team, and head to Michigan.
We picked Michigan to test the series because you've got pressured water, clear water. Fish suspending at every level of the water cone, and you have both large and small mouth bass. So you've got just about every condition possible to throw at these crankbaits.
With the Seeker Series, it's a really awesome bait because you have so many different options. Whether it's size options or color options, you can do anything you want to do. The Seeker 6 is going to be great in that four to six foot water. The Seeker 8 is going to be a little bit deeper diving. If you want to get out in that 12, 10-foot range with that Seeker 12, you can get out there and throw that bait around.
We wanted something that was going to attack every level of the water column. We wanted to have colors that would allow you to just fish just about any water in the country. We wanted to make it really easy for you to fish.
All right, guys. So we have pulled up on what is essentially two giant flats that converge into a big bowl. We are hitting all three stages of spawning bass. You've got pre-spawners, you've got spawners. You even got some post-spawners up here.
So we picked up the Seeker. We've got the Seeker 6, 8, and 12. Me and Ben have separate depth ranges tied on. And so I'm hitting a little bit shallower, he's hitting a little bit deeper. This allows us to get the top edge of this, the kind of intermediate spot of it, and then the deeper spot of it.
So by having two different depth diving seekers, we're able to cover a lot of water and we're able to really maximize the time and figure out what these fish are doing. Especially as we're trying to break it down throughout the day.
It's just a really good tool. It doesn't matter if you're here in northern Michigan or if you're down south where I live. Any of you guys that watch my channel know that I'm a crankbait fiend when it comes to the spawning time of the year, because it is such a good tool of hitting a lot of different depth ranges really, really effectively, and putting a lot of big fish in the boat.
It has a weight transfer system, so it casts a long way for the size profile that it is. It also has a really unique hunting action. The bill on that bait is a little bit more rounded than on a lot of crank baits that you're going to see. It's more of a hard U-shape with almost a little V at the bottom. That's going to cause that bait to just want to hunt naturally. When it hits cover, you might notice it lose water. What it's doing, it's pushing out to the sides, swinging really hard, then lining back up fast. So a lot of times when that bait hits really hard, but almost wants to roll and lines up back, that's when you're getting a lot of your bite.
When you go up these Northern Michigan small mouth lakes, I mean large mouth lakes, you're fishing a lot of fast breaks. Some of these breaks could be a six-foot drop. It could be a 10 or 15-foot drop. Having some crank baits that you can basically take same colors and move around the lake and just tweak the bill that the depth range of that base is going to go and be able to tick the top of that cabbage. That whole series is a great tool for anybody coming up or chasing small mouth on big lakes.
Whether you're fishing clear water or stained water, it doesn't matter what time of year. We've got a pattern for you. We think they're fish catching machines.