Krakusek, hand made lures from Poland

One of the reasons we decided to switch to a tackle review blog is that we felt there are a lot of lures that don’t get the attention they deserve. Extremely efficient and affordable lures, that people have no clue about. Now that got your attention, right?

Behind them usually stand small companies or even individuals that didn’t make it to the big markets, like US or Asia.

Krakusek is one of them. They design great hand made lures at a very good price. The polish company has 6 models of small to medium sized lures, targeting species like: trout, chub, asp, walleye or pike.

Our focus for today is the Krakusek No. 1 model, the first Krakusek lure to be produced.

Krakusek No. 1, the first one to make it to the market

Krakusek No. 1 – Lure Specifications
Manufacturer Krakusek
Lure type Minnow
Length 4 cm, 5 cm, 7 cm
Weight 2.5 gr, 3 gr, 5.5 gr
Colors/Patterns 28 colors listed on the Krakuski website
Buoyancy Floating
Diving depth up to 1 m, 1.5 m, 2 m
MSRP 3.5€ ( around 5$ )

As you can see it comes in 3 different sizes and you can choose from a wide range of 28 appealing patterns.

Finish: Krakusek lures are all made of foam. The No.1 shape was initially inspired many years ago by one the first lures out there, the legend called Rapala Original.

Legendary shapes that last... :) Krakusek No. 1 makes no exception.

Even though there’s nothing spectacular about the shape of these lures, the big difference is in the positioning of their lip, very close to the line tie, at a very sharp angle. Besides, the lip is concave, not flat like you would normally expect. I’m quite sure this is responsible for the lure’s aggressive action.

The lip shape and positioning is the key to Krakusek's incredible action.

The bill, concave shaped and very close to the line tie.

Krakusek lures come with two types of patterns, foil and photo finish. The photo finish features lifelike patterns, on top of which resides an appealing glitter layer. And as you will see in the video footage, the glitter really adds some sparks to the lure’s action.

Different models of Krakusek lures, with a wide range of lifelike patterns.

Foil is also nicely combined with carved gills and some back and belly paint, ending up in some nice flashes when this one dives in. Unfortunately, no 3D details on this lure.

Terminals: These lures come equipped with Mustad trebles and the old fashion round split rings. Even though their size doesn’t recommend them for big predators, I would totally suggest an upgrade on the trebles. They tend to bend quite easily. I had some unpleasant experiences with this type of trebles, fishing for asp, when after a powerful strike all my Mustad trebles became straight. The color is good though. :)

Mustad trebles, not the best option if you're planning to land a trophy fish.

Casting: Distance is one important aspect, especially when you are after cautious fish, like trout. Krakusek lures have a good weight/length ratio, and they cast quite well. Their shape and eyelets positioning make it pretty hard for the trebles to tangle with the line while aiming for that perfect cast.
Although, I think coming up with a sinking version will add some extra weight, which can be a big plus in casting distance. I’ve always been a fan of the sinking/suspending versions, especially when it comes to small sized baits.

Krakusek lures cast well, but a sinking version will definetely outcast the actual floating one.

The biggest model will dive up to 2m on a normal cast. Of course trolling will get them deeper, but normally you can get them easily around 1-1.5m.

Action: This is what I love about these lures. Their aggressive action and incredible stability.
I discovered these lures three years ago, while trout fishing in Norway. We were fishing in a pretty wide stream, around 30 meters and about 1-1.5 meters deep. I was using a small spoon, because it casts big time and you can explore every inch of water with it. One of my friends was using a Krakusek lure, and while taking a short lunch break he showed it to me. I loved the shape and colors on that one, so I decided to make a few casts.

All lures perform impecable right out of the box.

The lure’s action was incredible. It worked like a charm with or against the current. As you will see in the video it has a fast and aggressive swim, not wide at all. And it’s extremely stable even in the most powerful streams. I got about a dozen of them, and they all work like a charm, right out of the box. No exceptions. How’s that for a 5$ lure?

Video:

Application: I think these lures are just perfect for stream fishing. Forget spinners and spoons for a second and put these on. You might be impressed, most of the times they turn out to be trout catching machines.
I’ve also successfully used them for chub, perch and asp, and heard they tend to be quite effective on barbels, pike and walleye.

Krakusek No. 1 – Ratings (?/10)
Design A really nice shape with increased stability even in the most powerful streams. Good lip shape and positioning , which gets the most out of the lure’s action. The trebles don’t tangle with the line. Nice finish, but no 3d details. A sinking version will definitely be a plus. 7
Features A wide range of impressive patterns that most certainly can’t pass unnoticed. Good weight/length ratio that adds to the casting distance. Pretty tough lures with increased resistance. The trebles bend quite easily, I strongly suggest to be changed. 6.5
Application / Performance Great action and performance right out of the box. No tweaking required. The No. 1 model casts pretty well and works even when fished at small speeds, making it perfect for stream fishing. Suited for trout, perch, chub, asp and other small predatory fish. 8.7
Price I think 5$ is an excellent price for a lure of this quality. With new trebles you arrive around 6-7$. For this price you get great looks and deadly action. Compared to other small minnows in the same category, I’d say it’s a great deal. 9
Overall Final Grade 7.8

They look kind of hot, don't they?

Conclusion
If you can forget about the design details and features JDM lures accustomed us with, and want a lure that performs impecable at a very good price, than you definitely need some Krakusek lures in your tackle box. I guarantee they won’t let you down.

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29 Comments

  1. j2m
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    thank you very much for this! No one in france knows this lure and i’m gratefull for your article test! this article, pictures and the video decide me to buy some ;)
    In this times, it’s difficult to have tips about hooks… You wrote to change them …
    lures world is a jungle and some people like you takes time to get jungle clearest.
    but for jungle hooks, i’m lost inside…no good tests.
    In fact, what is your favorite hook for krakusek…can you give us the size used on and references please
    thanks

  2. Andrei
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    We prefer Owner Stinger trebles… the size depends on the lure. Considering Krakusek are not the most expensive lures, I would suggest lower priced trebles (2 set of owner trebles are about the same price as a lure in this case:) ), that are tougher.. these trebles from mustad are much better: http://www.mustad.no/productcatalog/na/product.php?id=562 .

  3. j2m
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    wow, immediate response…thanx for your réactivity ;)

  4. Adrian
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    j2m, welcome to the blog! Looks like Andrei already gave you the answer. If you like our articles please consider subscribing to the newsletter, so we’ll email you each new review posted.

  5. Per S. Tobiasen
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Hey. I would like to gear id you want to have some test fishermen, of Krakusek nr 1, in Denmark. My Brother and I fishing a Lot for salmon and seatrouts. Looking forward to hear something…

  6. Adrian
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Hi Tobiasen,
    Please contact the people from Krakusek, they will be more than happy to send you some samples if you promise some nice pictures. :)

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  28. Willie Bourke
    Posted March 25, 2016 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I fish for trout in ireland brown only I’ve never heard of these lures before .They have a quality look about them .Very like jaxon select floating minnow or ripala minnow.I’m going to buy some ASAP to give them a good go .Natural minnows work well as do worms (but I’m looking forward to fishing them early mornings to see the results. Only for your articles I’d never have heard of them

  29. Willie Bourke
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    I HAVE SEARCHED ALL SUPPLIERS IN IRELAND AND NONE STOCK KRAKUSEK HAND MADE MINNOWS . I would appreciate if you could send some to me to test on the rivers nore suir and barrow as well as the river erkina .If these work well I will get your lures noticed big in ireland. RIGHT NOW IT’S RIPALA ,ANS JAXON CAN ONLY Match krakusek in quality

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