July 30, 2014

A Review of the Yo-Zuri Sashimi Crankbait Family

According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, "Sashimi is a Japanese delicacy consisting of very fresh raw meat or fish sliced into thin pieces." For Yo-Zuri, Sahimi is a fresh new look at hardbaits. Until this Spring I had mainly used Yo-Zuri products for saltwater fishing and honestly hadn't given their bass stuff much of a chance. With the new 3DB Series and the Sashmi line, they have all of your bass needs covered: jerkbaits, lipless crankbaits, topwaters and a good selection of crankbaits.

I have been using the Sashimi shallow diver, medium diver, deep diver and even the flat sided crankbait with good results. The difference maker with the Sashimi is the ribbed design of the baits, which are said to create "a unique wave motion that bass can sense with their lateral lines and hone in on - even in muddy or stained water." This wave motion technology is actually patented and is really cool. Take a look at the pictures to see an up close look at the ribs on the baits.

Sashimi Shallow and Medium Diver
The Sashimi line also features something that you won't find anywhere else, a color changing technology. I personally do not pay attention to colors as much as I do the size and action of the bait, but this makes sense. As they describe it, the technology "causes the bait to change colors depending on the angle, lighting and perspective from which you view it - allowing it to more accurately imitate an excited, fleeing baitfish." If it can get an extra bite or two, it's worth it.

Bait Specs
Yo Zuri SashimiLengthWeightDepthClass
Crank - Shallow2-3/4"1/2oz2-4ftFloating
Crank - Mid2-3/4"1/2oz4-6ftFloating
Crank - Deep2-3/4"5/8oz7-10ftFloating
Shallow Diver
The shallow diver acts much like a squarebill crankbait, without a square bill. It is a fairly large bait for being so short and has a great wide wobble. I found success with this one after the bass had finished spawning and were chasing spawning bluegills. The Metallic Blue Gill pattern worked great for that and was bright enough to see in off colored water.
Metallic Blue Gill pattern
Mid Diver
The Mid Diver was another one I used in the post spawn, the 4-6ft range is really still a shallow diver in my opinion, and it has the same action as the shallow diver. This size bait and diving depth is a good combination for bass keying on small baitfish and even crawfish.

Metallic Coy pattern
Deep Diver
The deep diver got the heaviest workout from me as the fish were really on the deep crankbait bite early this spring and I expect it to pick up again soon. This crank got deep very quickly and had a really active wobble on the retrieve. This one is a winner.
Chameleon Crawfish pattern in action at Banks Lake

  • Price: These baits retail between $12.99 and $14.99 from what I have found. I think that is a fair price for the quality you are getting. Right now on TackleWarehouse, they are 30% off which is $8.79...a steal for a bait like this.
  • Quality: Overall I was impressed with the quality. Paint held up, the hooks and split rings are awesome and they were all consistent in their action.
  • Additional Comments: Since this was really my first impression with Yo-Zuri bass baits...I have to say it was a good one. I have also been using the 3DB series and they are just as good.

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