When you hear Strike King you might think crankbaits, Kevin Van Dam, Spinnerbaits or Denny Brauer or maybe all of the above. Strike King is known for making the best crankbaits on the market. They sponsor the best bass fisherman in B.A.S.S. or even the world, Kevin Van Dam. So when the two have teamed up to make a new lure, you know it will be phenomenal.
The new KVD 1.5 and 2.5 square bill crankbaits live up to the name they have on them. The baits come in two sizes the 1.5 is 3/8 OZ where the 2.5 is 5/8 OZ. They both dive to 3-5 FT. They are silent baits with no rattles in them for a stealth approach in shallow water. Bass Pro Shops exclusively carries a rattling line of 1.5 and 2.5 baits when you want to fish dirty water with these baits.
The square bill allows the KVD 1.5 and 2.5 baits to deflect off of cover easily without fear of getting hung up. Another great feature of the baits is that if floats. You can real down the bait and pause it allowing the lure to float to the surface. I used this technique with the KVD 1.5 fishing shallow rip rap, I would bounces the lure off the rocks and then pause it allowing it to float to the surface. I would then reel it back down to the rocks and repeat the process. The bass would devour the bait both well moving and during the pause. The KVD 1.5 and 2.5 also work great around docks and bridge pilings.
The KVD 1.5 and 2.5 are a great in between bait for the Strike King Line up. They fill the gap between the Series 4S and Series 4. Yes Strike King has a crankbait for that in the Series1 but the KVD 1.5 and 2.5 are heavier baits and the profile is bigger. This gives those larger bass something bigger to entice them. Also the new lures have a truly square bill unlike the Series4s and Series1 that have more of a triangle bill on them.
The KVD 1.5 and 2.5 come with VMC #4 hooks on both the front and back of the baits. This allows you to get good hook sets on those violent strikes that come from the bass you are catching. They also both come with oval split shot rings on the nose of the bait which allows you to keep the bait running true without fear of your line causing any problems.
Over all the KVD 1.5 and 2.5 are great products. They perform great out of the package without any modifications to them. They come in a variety of colors and live up to the name KVD that daunts the package. They cost $5.79 at Bass Pro Shop. If you are looking for a little larger crankbait to fish those fallen trees, docks, rocks or bridge pilings make sure you pick some up before your next shallow water fishing trip.