Ever Try a Misfit Crankbait?

Word is a while back on the Ar-Kansas River, there was a bait called the misfit that was all the rage. A crankbait painted black on top, yellow on the belly, and one side painted red and the other chartreuse.

I’ve never in my entire bassin’ life seen a crankbait that was different colors on either side. Anyone seen or fished (unintentionally or intentionally) such a bait?

Close But…Not Really

Only thing remotely close to this I can recall was a Mann’s crankbait only sold in Wally-Mart about 20 years ago. Crawfish-colored, and fat. Probably bottom-of-the-barrel stuff, but it was great: No other bait had the action of that thing.

Caught my biggest one ever on it, a 9.5-pounder in New Hampshire believe it or not. A pond where the locals were laughing about there being no fish in there when we put the boat in….



  1. Alex

    November 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I own (not sure if thrown) the Bandit “Mistake”, which seems to be the same bait referred to in the post.

    Here is a link with a picture:,-Mistake,-Lures,-Crankbaits/Detail

  2. Dwain

    November 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Yup bandit’s “Mistake” color

  3. Avidbasser

    November 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Yep, the Bandit “Mistake” color has been sold for years.

    • admin (mostly Jay)

      November 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

      Talking about a true mistake or intentionally “mis”-colored to catch basses…anyone?

      • MattBass

        March 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

        It’s intentional – I own one.


  4. 5bites

    November 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Mistake was the first thing that popped in my head. Also I have an older bagleys that’s black back, white on one side and chartreuse on the other.

  5. 5bites

    November 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I think they ran a batch by mistake then people started asking for it. Is that what you mean?

    • admin (mostly Jay)

      November 10, 2011 at 8:37 am

      That makes sense. yeah, meaning a true painting mistake that someone founds works great.

  6. Kevin R

    November 10, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Does anybody make this color as a lipless crank? It would be killer on a couple of lakes I will be fishing next spring!

  7. 5bites

    November 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Might hit K-pink up for another interview about it since he is from Arkansas and a cranking freak.

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