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Darting R-2 Squarebill

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The John Hott Lures – Darting R-2 – Custom Balsa Crankbait is hand crafted from premium Balsa Wood by John Hott in Kettering Ohio. The John Hott Lures Darting R-2 Crankbait is built after the original Darting R Crankbait built by the late Ron Ripberger in Kentucky. It has a round body with a Lexan squarebill. This crankbait comes through cover extremely well. You can worm this bait through shallow brush and laydowns with confidence. This crankbait works remarkably well at getting pressured fish holding tight to cover to bite. If you have been looking for a crankbait that is built, looks and fishes like an original Darting R, you have found it with this bait. This Crankbait is incredibly detailed from end-to-end, this bait features an intricate, hand-painted finish that owner John Hott has mastered. This bait is built from premium Balsa Wood and fitted with a custom Lexan squarebill and quality hooks, which gives this bait incredible strength that hold-up to big fish and rough terrain.

The John Hott Lures – Darting R-2 – Custom Balsa Crankbait weighs 3/8 oz. and is 2 1/4″ long and will dive 3 to 5 feet.

All John Hott Lures are made by hand out of premium Balsa wood. Since this bait is custom built and painted by hand there could be minor differences in the paint between one bait and another of the same type and color, So please understand that this bait was built and painted by hand, one at a time. So there could be a slight color variation from the bait pictured and the bait you receive.


Keith Lockwood
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
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Corey Anderson
Orlando, FL
The Flat Maxx has become my favorite crankbait… PERIOD!  It catches all kinds of fish and trolls as well as it casts.
Tim Zimmerman
Virginia Beach, VA
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Ned Griffith
Mercer, Pennsylvania
I don’t ever write reviews but here it goes… I love throwing a square bill! Caught a lot of fish on them and won a lot of money …

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