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Digger 6.5 and Digger 8.5 get deep and get there quickly

by: Kevin Jarnagin, Blue Heron Communications

Digger
Photo by courtesy Berkley
(April 7, 2016 - )

Berkley® Digger 6.5 and Digger 8.5 crankbaits are new for 2016. Designed by legendary angler David Fritts and Berkley engineers, the Digger has an aggressive wobble with maximum side flash and doesn’t waste any time getting deep.

The teardrop-shaped bill on the 2-inch Digger 6.5 and 2.5-inch Digger 8.5 allows the bait to dive quickly, reaching down to 9 feet deep. Castability is important when it comes to crankbaits of this size and when the Berkley team designed the Digger series they built a bait that can be cast a country mile. This gives anglers the opportunity to put distance between the fish and the boat, getting the bait to the proper depth and decreasing the likelihood of spooked fish.

Pauses intermittent throughout the retrieve will cause the Digger to rise slowly. This subtle rise is unlike any other crankbait on the market. The Digger also features 3D eyes and gill slits to add to the lifelike features of the bait.

Varying the retrieve of the Digger is important to success. Often fish are in the mood to chase, but sometimes a slower retrieve is what the fish want. The Digger is ideal for adjusting retrieval speed to target bass that aren’t willing to eat but just might be enticed by a high-action snack.

Two Berkley Fusion19TM No. 6 treble hooks dangle below the Digger 6.5 while the 8.5 adorns two Fusion19 No. 4 treble hooks. Fusion19 hooks are ultra-sharp and made to exacting standards to ensure fish do not simply shake off when fighting to the boat.

Berkley Digger hardbaits are available in 12 custom-painted colors and have an MSRP of $6.95.