I imagine the request raised some eyebrows when a tackle shop contacted Bandit Lures to order a crankbait with one color on the right side and a different on the left. Bandit dubbed the color pattern “Mistake.” After the tackle shop reordered the baits, Bandit put it in its main line of baits and it became one of the company’s most-popular looks.

ICAST 2015 saw Bandit showing the world that some mistakes are worth repeating. New for 2016, anglers get three new “mistakes,” the Crossbreed, the Malfunction and the Mistaken Identity.

Here’s some good background and advice from a bass tournament angler and fishing guide on catching bass on the new Crossbreed (all new “Mistake” color patterns are available in Series 100, 200 and 300 Bandit crankbaits.)

Colors: Baby Bass/River Bream

When/Where: Jimmy Mason tournament fishes and guides anglers on some of the best bass lakes in the country, and he likes this pattern for the bass spawn and right after, when the spring shallows find a mix of bass fry, bream fry and some bream still on beds. Clear water is essential.

“I’ll throw this one from the middle to the latter part of the bass spawn, through early summer and anytime I see bream or bass fry,” Mason said. “A lot of bass fry and bream fry are going to be up shallow,” he said. “I’ll go with the 100 and 200 Series Bandits.”

Targets for the Crossbreed color pattern are diverse - essentially, any shallow cover is fair game. As Mason explains, it’s typically a matter of looking for those clouds of fry huddling close to vegetation, wood, docks, etc., or those telltale clear, round bed patches that stand out against darker bottom.

“I’ll definitely fish this around the shallow milfoil or hydrilla and anywhere I suspect the bream are going to be bedding,” Mason said. “That could be in the pockets or in the middle of a shallow grassy (area).”

Notably, while the Bandit Crossbreed is made primarily for bass pursuits, crappie anglers will want to give this color pattern a try for their freckled targets. Whether it’s casting to weed edges, bumping through standing timber or trolling deeper areas, showing crappie something that resembles vulnerable prey generally nets an aggressive response.