Depending upon the retailer, the Stanford Lures Old School SSR sells for approximately $20.00, but don't let that scare you away. It is important to know that every one of these crankbaits are hand-tuned by founder Dieter Stanford and also hand-painted. With other custom crankbaits sometimes selling for more than fifty dollars in places, it’s hard to beat this price point for a handmade crankbait.
This crankbait is the real deal, and one that I plan on throwing for a long time to come. Plainly stated, you need to get your hands on a Stanford Lures Old School SSR. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be hooked after the first cast.
Just So Sick!
"dude these are just so sick! the work put into these are well worth it! you make a kick ass bait!" - Kyle Schingoethe
Alright, I have to admit... I saw the claims and heard about the pros throwing cedar, yet I was a little skeptical of how well they would actually perform. I saw a post where a recent tournament was won and the anglers gave credit to Standford Lures. I decides to pick up a Patriot Shad Lure in Blue Black and added it to my vast (and I mean VAST) collection of lures.
It was late September, according to the reports and news from friends (the ones lucky enough to fish on a regular bases) the fish hadn't turned on yet. The temperature was still pushing upper 80's, so bass were hanging tight until the shad started to move. I was fishing a local tourney the upcoming Saturday, so I tied on my Patriot Shad and made up my mind I was going to give a whirl for at least 30min into daylight just to see if it would produce.
I arrived at our first location (guided by my partner) to a place which had been successful for him... umm... 15 years ago. Note, the last three attempts had me pulling stew off my lures and wondering if his "honey hole" wasn't robbed clean a decade earlier. Upon arriving, I threw the Patriot Shad close to the grass-line in about two feet of water. As I cranked it back, I noticed it was definitively running true (I always check, just in case) and it had a nice wobble at a slow, even retrieve. I started to give it the old "6in yank" to mix it up a bit and I found it really had a great "dart / pause" motion. Okay, I thought, "Lets keep going with the slow crank method for the next 10-15 casts and see what comes to meet the cedar!"
About the fourth cast in "BAM" a 13.5in keeper tried to move the Patriot Shad to another timezone! After putting the fish in the live well, with a little more confidence, I tossed the Patriot Shad ever so gently against the grass in 4ft of water. "Weight"... I felt the rod load up! Another keeper! This time 3.8lbs! Now I'm feeling pretty good. My partner and I are 30min into the tourney, sitting on a tough pressured lake and we (make that "I") have two in the boat. Pride won't let him take his trick worm off, besides that, I only had one Stanford Lure and it was staying with me the rest of the day! ;)
At the end of the day, we didn't win, however we did place 7th out of 16 boats and the top weight was only 10.2lbs. A winning weight giving testament to how tough fishing was for everyone that day. All in all I was extremely pleased with the performance and look of my new lure. I can't wait to stock up on different models to fit the changing seasons and bass patterns. Maybe I'll pickup a few more and sell them to my fishing partner for a substantial profit... you know... "supply and demand!" ;)
Stanford Cedar Cranks Work!
I have been a fan of Stanford for many years. 2011 was another successful year for me using Stanford Lures in many tournaments. The best moment happend this past July, my daughter and I entered the Chester County Bassmasters Tuesday Night Buddy tournament on Marsh Creek Lake in Downingtown, PA. This was my daughters first Bass tournament and she was excited. The bass were in their normal summer pattern. The lake has a lot of grass and is a very healthy fishery. 6PM was the launch time... we headed out to my first spot got there around 6:10. I planned to target fish in deeper water. I started to fish the outside grasslines in 12-15ft. of water. I had a Stanford deep flat cedar tied on. Casting parallel to the grass lines. I would run that crankbait right along that outside wall of grass. On my third cast BOOM! a 5.9lb. largemouth smoked my Stanford. I yelled to my daughter...get the net! 2 minutes later I landed that big bass and threw her in the live well. My daughter was so excited! My daughter was throwing a big black worm. I positioned my boat once again on that outside grassline and began to cast. Just on my 2nd cast again BOOM! 4lb hits my Stanford. I fight her back to the boat and pop her in the livewell. Just then my daughter sets the hook on a big fish and it comes off! I tell you, they need to make a kids size rod with some backbone... all those rods are way too soft. By now its about 6:35 and we need one more fish to fill our 3 bass limit for the tournament. Once again I position my boat on this particular area of deeper grass and begin to cast parallel along the deep grass edge. On my first cast once again BOOM! a 3.5 crushes the Stanford! By 6:45PM we had a solid limit. A couple boats came by us and said it was a tough night. I just smiled and said "Good Luck" We fished the grass for another 2 hours and caught 4 more solid fish, but nothing over 3.5lbs to cull. I threw some other deep divers that night with no bites. Every time I picked up that Stanford BOOM! On my last cast right before the sun set I hooked into another solid fish which ended up being 3.7lbs, so we were able to cull that 3.5 punder out. For the last hour of the tournament we just threw black spinnerbaits with a few smaller keepers to end the evening. At 10PM we checked back in at the weigh in. In the crowd, anglers were talking about how tough the bite was... My daughter and I brought our bag of big "Stanford" Bass to the scales. The tournament director yelled out "1st Place big Bag right here!" and he was right! We took home $800 that night thanks to Stanford Lures!! It was and will be a wonderful memory now for my daughter and I. Thanks Stanford for being a part of that great moment!
Dieter dials those baits in perfectly. The new 1.5 Patriot and the new Big Deep Cedar Crank baits worked wonders for me as well on High Rock Lake. Cedar is awesome!!
Thanks for making quality lures!
PA Bass Angler
Best quality and Most durable Lures
Posted by Andrew on 17th Jul 2012
I've been using this 1.5 Patriot Shad Lure, and MAN DOES IT WORK! These Stanford Lures are the Best Quality; Most Durable; CEDAR Lures out there! Man forget the price; these Stanford Lures are well worth anyone's money.
Best deep diver I've used yet!
Posted by Aaron on 27th Mar 2012
The mustard and rootbeer color got me two really nice smallies the other day. You cant beat the way this bait swims in the water, it has an action thats different then most. This bait gets down to the strike zone fast and stays there picking those fish off deep cover. I'm really impressed with this one and all the other models Stanford has to offer. Keep up with the great lures Stanford.
The standard in deep baits!
Posted by Unknown on 7th Jan 2012
Finally a lure that doesn't make the angler work. This bait comes through the water column with little resistance and a shimmy that no plastic bait has duplicated. When crashed into structure it backs out of the cover reducing hang-ups. Great lure for heavy pressured power fishing. Thank you for spending the time designing this bait.
Posted by steve p on 22nd Dec 2011
This is a great bait. Caught good fish on this one. Colors are well thought out and the clear coat is very durable.