Cranka Crab Review: Unboxing, Price, And Top Pros & Cons


One of my favorite ways to catch sheepshead is with artificial crab lures.

And since last winter, I’ve been on a mission to find out which one is best.

I’ve had a lot of success with the Savage Gear Crab and the Chasebaits Crusty Crab, but one lure that kept getting mentioned in the comments was the Cranka Crab.

I just picked one up since sheepshead season is around the corner and in this video, I’m going to share my initial thoughts on it.

There’s one huge factor that I believe will have a big impact on how well it performs on the water that you’ll definitely want to know about before you buy it.

Let’s dive in!

Cranka Crab Review [VIDEO]

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Sheepshead love crab lures (you can see how effective they are in this video), and I love catching them on crab lures.

But not all crab lures are created equally.

Some are good for dropping along pilings, while others are better for dragging on sandy bottom near structure.

Before I test this Cranka Crab on the water and see how it does, I wanted to share my initial thoughts about it.

Here are the top pros and cons:

Cranka Crab Pros:

  • Shell and legs are made of hard plastic so they won’t get torn up
  • Looks very lifelike

Cranka Crab Cons:

  • Has two treble hooks, which make it likely you’ll get snagged because sheepshead fishing is usually done near structure
  • Price is $12-14 (much more expensive than the other two popular crab lures)
  • Legs don’t flutter as much as the others

Crab Lure Pricing:

  • Cranka Crab: $12-14 for one (Get it on Amazon here)
  • Savage Gear Crab: $5.99 for a pack of two (Get it from our shop here)
  • Chasebaits Crusty Crab: $11.99 for a pack of two (Get it from our shop here)


sheepshead on savage gear crab

I’m excited to see how this Cranka Crab performs on the water, but I am nervous to throw such an expensive lure down under a dock with treble hooks on it.

Have you used this lure before?

What did you think?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Jim Crawley
3 years ago

Luke, have you done a review on the Gulp crab and compared it to the Savage and Chasebaits crab? If so what is the best way to rig? I have thought about using them to fish for Permit. Small live crabs lately have been going for $4 to $4.50 each…ouch!

3 years ago

You addressed my very first question. Won’t this be prone to snagging? So I’m looking forward to seeing the test results. Does it look like you could maybe switch out a treble and replace with a single? Maybe shrink up the split ring too? Lots of mods for high dollar lure though….Thanks Luke!

3 years ago

I have bought several. My only criticism is they can smash and break if cast against very hard structure, like rocks or a seawall: the same places I look for sheeps. When they do smash, the apron (where the weight is located), and legs come off, and they become unfishable. Supposedly, there are kits for replacement legs and weight, but I have not found any for sale.

The good part is the legs prevent the trebles from catching moderate to thin grasses, and prevent many snags on hard structure. Also, having watched sheepshead feed on crabs both in an aquarium and while diving, I can see they will often hit the claws first, to disarm the crabs. Of course, bigger ones don’t care, and chomp the whole thing at once. These are deceptively very strong hooks. I wish I knew where to buy them for kingfish stinger rigs.

Make sure you watch the action of this underwater. You will see the lure action depends a lot more on resting than movement. A good point bait, instead of a retrieval based action. Way too expensive to arbitrarily throw at snaggy mangroves, but works on docks and seawalls.

Sexon Labit
3 years ago

Sounds good

Peter Nicholson
3 years ago

I use this is Australia best crab Lure going round by far I have caught bream Mangrove Jack and flat head when you use this you will be taken back by it.

Kevin Frost
3 years ago

My good friend and I. have used the cranka a bit and definitely caught fish on it here in St Pete. He actually caught a monster snook on it too so it is more versatile than just sheepshead.


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