Strike King KVD HC Square Bill Silent Crankbait
Please Note: Actual colors may vary slightly from images shown.
Kevin VanDam used the Strike King KVD HC Crankbait in Black Back Chartruese en route to winning the 2011 Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta. It was KVD's fourth Classic title, tying him with legendary professional angler Rick Clunn for the most ever Classic titles. He used both the 1.5 and the 2.5, but it was the Strike King KVD HC Crankbait 1.5 in Black Back Chartruese that was the deal, and the bait he credits with catching the majority of his big fish.
Legendary professional bass angler, Kevin VanDam, spent a considerable amount of time designing and fine tuning the Strike King KVD HC Square Bill Silent Crankbait. He wanted to ensure that it had the right erratic action with the wandering and searching motions that he needed to entice those shallow bass. The square bill design also helps it generate lively deflections off cover and reach its desired depth quickly. Available in several proven colors, the Strike King KVD HC Square Bill Silent Crankbait delivers proven performance, and is also silent (no rattles) for those times when the fish are heavily pressured or just plain spooky.
KVD recently used the Strike King KVD HC Square Bill Silent Crankbait en route to claiming his 3rd consecutive Angler of the Year title (7th overall) by winning the 2nd leg of the 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason at the Alabama River. He ended up catching the majority of his fish throughout the two-day event on the Strike King KVD HC Square Bill Silent Crankbait in the Sexy Shad pattern.
|KVD HC 1.0||2"||1/4oz||2-4ft|
|KVD HC 1.5||2-1/4"||3/8oz||3-6ft|
|KVD HC 2.5||2-3/4"||5/8oz||3-6ft|
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Comments: This bait runs great & really bounces off rocks & other surfaces well. You can get it unsnagged quite easily as well. The downside of this bait is that the paint chips extremely easily if a fish bites down hard enough or if you are fishing rocks all day. So really you are spending $5 per day at least. Granted it is a cheap bait so that's to be expected.
From: Alex: Kewanee, IL 3/30/16
Comments: I have never had a bill brake on me. I have used them for years fishing in ponds. One of the first lures that got me started bass fishin. Awesome squarebill.
From: Ty: OK 3/1/16
Comments: These are the best squarebills in the $5 price range. They come in great colors, they have great action & are pretty durable. Also the hooks are not bad. If you have a good rod & get a good hookset the hooks will not pop out. These are the best squarebills under $10, but you can get better for over this price point.
From: Taylor: ATL, GA 2/10/16
Comments: I love these crankbaits they do not get hung up! I ran them threw the timber & submerged trees & never got hung up! And caught many fish & the hooks won't shake out of the fishes mouths! Great job strike King!
From: Will: Houston, TX 12/3/15
Comments: Amazing crankbait action wise but needs improvement to quality. Ive caught everything on these things but they break to easily. if you buy them buy them in surplus because they will break! Black Back/Chartruese is best color.
From: Lucien: CA 11/11/15
Comments: I have a box full of these baits as well. They flat out catch fish, My partner & I won a CATT event this year throwing nothing but the 1.5's. We have had the lip break off a few, but it is a 6 dollar bait, I have a 40 dollar swim bait I have broke the fins off of and have yet to get a bite on it. To me to win 1630.00 in a tournament is wurth a couple 6 dollar baits. For the money you won't find a better bait, I would fish it against any square bill out there & I would bet it would out catch the bulk of them.
From: James: Amherst, VA 10/29/15
Comments: These are great crank baits after catching 50 plus fish on one the bill cracked otherwise very tough & reliable!
From: JJ: LA 10/18/15
Comments: This is a violent crankbait, cought plent of fish with it in the shallows, although they are not violent, i have bounced it off a rock and snapped the bill right off. I have more then one crank bait in my library, and they all seem very strong. Unlike most they break easy. Not worth the money you can buy cheeper and better cankbaits.
From: Zachary: Bellevue, MI 8/20/15
Comments: If you are having issues with the bills breaking, use snaps. You will get more action out of the bait that way too. I didn't buy a single crank until this year when a friend recommended it to me. In the first four tournaments of the year I won and had big bass. This bait just flat out catches fish.
From: Ryan: IN 7/28/15
Comments: I love these cranks they work awesome and boy do they catch fish but of the 10 I ordered this spring I have had 7 of the bills bust off the price point is great but if they break so easy I'm just going to stick to my arashis
From: Adam: Rice Lake, WI 6/21/15
Comments: I bought a bunch of the 1.5s in May of 2015 as part of my annual tackle purchase. I was using the black back/chartreuse in my club tournament this past weekend and broke the bill off two of them while deflecting them off some wood...exactly what they're made for. I maybe got 20-30 casts out of each one before they broke. I'm contacting strike king to see if there was a batch that had a defect. I bought these because they catch fish and they're reasonably priced. They still catch fish, but I realized it's very expensive when you're paying $6 for a bait that only lasts 30 casts
From: Nick: Indianapolis, IN 6/4/15
Comments: One of the best squarebills out there for the price. Tons of colors as well. I've lost count of how many bass I've caught with these. I have 2 boxes of these KVD squarebills and I just order 3 more. I have had several break on me, mostly the bills and had one break in half. The hooks are ok, I do replace them with red mustad or laser sharp trebles.
From: Pao: PA 5/26/15
Comments: This crankbait flat out catches fish. The org belly craw is my go to, I almost always have one tied on. Never had an issue with durability like some of the other reviews said, and I have several that have caught 50+ fish. Can't go wrong with these.
From: Ron: Brownstown, MI 5/21/15
Comments: This crankbait is absolutely amazing! I bought the bluegill color in a 1.5 size and I caught many bass. In about 1 hour of fishing I caught 10 fish ranging 1.5-4.0 Lbs. I would definitely recommend this bait to anyone looking to catch some nice bass!
From: Cole: CA 5/16/15
Comments: This crank is great when its new but once you start using it always seems to break. One thing I can say is that this crank does catch really big fish.
From: Gabriel: UT 5/14/15
Comments: This bait, by far has caught me more fish than any other lure ever Ive ever tried. I've caught bass on this from any thing from 43' water temps to 86' water temps. It's caught me my biggest bass I've ever caught, a 8lb 3 ounce pig. For Iowa that's a monster. I fish a incredibly large amount of time, and I've caught bass on it every time I go out. Will never stop using these!
From: Samuel: IA 3/26/15
Comments: This bait works great over grass, either rip it free after hitting grass or retrieve it at a medium pace and kill it and they just cant handle it. I have every size in the natural bluegill color, except in the 8.0 and 1.0 (both of which are on the list). I swear by that color and it looks amazing in the water. Pair them with some kvd 1x strong 2x short treble hooks, and you have a serious weapon at your disposal. I have about 10 in diffrent sizes and colors. 8.0 is on its way.
From: Michael: Smithfield, VA 3/14/15
Comments: Not sure how or why so many people are having problems with broken bills. I've got a whole box full of these, not a one has had that issue. I fish em on 15-20 lb fluorocarbon, burn em, bang em off rocks, crash them into tree limbs or dock pilings, they've always held up. Catch lots of fish too, which is the most important part.
From: Steve: MD 1/16/15
Comments: Great lure you can't beat it for $5.49, my favorite is the original sexy shad, but other colors work great. I have had some issues with the hooks bending, but for 5.49 you should not expect perfection. I would say 4/5 for a regular crankbait, but for a crankbait for only 5.49 5/5 I highly recommend this bait
From: Mitch: MN 1/4/15
Comments: I have a whole box full of these crankbaits with broken lips. Some are cracked vertical where they are glued together. Some are cracked completely off. These are productive baits, but they are NOT durable no mater what the other reviews say. You also have to change out the hooks because the front treble constantly gets hung up on the diving lip.
From: Nick: USA 12/30/14
Comments: the best for the price you just cant go wrong caught some nice bass,walley and pike with these square bill, BLACK BACK/CHART works awesome for me.
From: Yvon: Ottawa 10/12/14
Comments: this bait is definitely one for the books. Great price and it always runs true. I'd like to see some more detail in the colors but other than that I will continue to place this bait on my line.
From: Wisconsin Angling Outdoors: WI 9/29/14
Comments: These cranks out perform all other cranks I've tried. I speed cast windy banks and crush the foodchain bass that are there. Best colors are the shads in cool water and 'gills in warm water.
From: Flapjaw: MI 9/18/14
Comments: I love these squarebills. Good price, great value, and every one I've gotten runs true right out of the box.
From: Shane: Santee, SC 9/8/14
Comments: You can't get a more productive square bill for the price. It simply catches fish. All sizes. You've got a color for every bait and water situation. These little crank baits are the answer to your shallow fishing needs. Throw the 1.0. The 1.0 catches big bass, little bass, pike, pickerel, big panfish, catfish, etc. To weed out the small fish, throw the 1.5 or 2.5. That requires bait casting. Bump it off rocks, docks, logs, grass and pause, always pause, so that It floats up out of harms way and subsequently inhaled by a big fish. You can burn it so That it gets down to 6 feet, or wake it at the top. But, epoxy the bill and downsize the front treble. The hooks are sticky sharp, but the front one hooks the bill. Get ya some.
From: Ben: Pittsfield, MA 6/19/14
Comments: Okay, I promised another review after customer service dealt with my warranty claim and it turned me back into a believer. They were more than willing to help fix the problem and stand behind their product. I sent the baits back and they returned me new ones with some extras within 1 week. I was very happy and I will stand behind any company that stands behind their products. Well done, Strike King.
From: Sean: MI 5/30/14
Comments: I have the exact same review of Sean I have fished these for a while and really like striking products but the last four I have bought the bill broke off. Did not hit any thing hard with them not sure what the deal is.
From: Harrison: ID 5/24/14
Comments: I have fished these in the past and loved them. I ordered 4 more and got out to fish them yesterday, I was less than impressed to say the least...Fishing on the edge of a sand flat (no rocks or even weeds) when on the 12th cast or so I realized I could not feel the bait for the last 20 feet or so, only to realize the bill had broken off approx. 1 cm from the body. I switched colors and on the 3rd cast the bill broke in the exact same spot and looked identical to the already broken one. The breaks were consistent so I am assuming there was a manufacturing defect in the bills. I contacted Strike King and will post another review updating their customer service. I will not be purchasing more of these.
From: Sean: MI 5/9/14
Comments: You cannot be wrong with this crankbait. Excellent action, good castablity, good price, hardiness and definitively it catches fish. I bought two colours but the gizzard shad worked so well to me that I haven't tried the other.
From: Quino: Sevilla, Spain 5/5/14
Comments: I cant say enough about strike king lures. I have several 2.5's and 1.5's and i have had zero problems out of any of them. They have a good action with a wide wobble. They're very durable, have sharp strong hooks, and run true right out of the pack. Great color schemes, I have banged mine off of seawalls, rocks, docks, stumps, just about anything you can think of and the paint has held up. I have the bluegill, chart perch, sexy shad, black back chart, and gizzard shad. I personally like the 2.5's better than the 1.5's, but there is a time and place for both. By far the best square bill out.
From: J.C.: USA 4/29/14
Comments: This bait gets action every time I hit the water. I've caught too many bass on the 1.5 not to have it tied on. The only downside is the lips break too often. I fished for 3 hours the other night and broke lips off two 1.5s. They flat out catch fish though!
From: Scott: KY 4/21/14
Comments: These little crankbaits are awesome! I fish the 1.0 for smallmouth and the 1.5 for largemouth. They have the best action out of all the other squarebills I've fished. Go get ya some!
From: Henry: USA 4/17/14
Comments: First time using my 1.5 in the Neon Bluegill color and man did they eat it. Caught 6 on it the first day. The action on this thing is unbelievable. It has a really nice wobble that just drives the fish crazy. Had no problems with the trebles getting a good hook set, but will eventually replace em at some point. Great lure. Come to expect nothing less from Strike King.
From: Tyler: Parkerburg, WV 4/1/14
Comments: This little crank bait is the best!!! Try to never hit the lake without one! I prefer the 1.5 in black back chart, but every color works great! fish them shallow along shore lines and stumps. get some now!!!
From: Sam: Anderson, SC 3/31/14
Comments: The glue split apart and now I cant even use them. They had nice hooks and they caught fish, but over 10 of 15 of them are garbage because o the glue splitting apart.
From: Greg: IL 3/30/14
Comments: You can call them cheap, say the paint chips easily. All I know is these lures flat out catch bass. I used a sexy ghost minnow 1.5 and for 2 days on Kentucky Lake I smoked the bass along docks and shallow ledges. I catch a ton of bass on the sexy and chartreuse colors on my local lakes and ponds. For such a low price, these cracks can't be beat!!!
From: Kirk: Roscoe, IL 3/22/14
Comments: Works good, love the action but the paint likes to chip after a good day of fishin, also you need to change these hooks out. They break and bend pretty easily. But other than that for the price it works really good.
From: Caleb: Norway, ME 3/10/14
Comments: This is the Best squarebill on the market. Thought it is cheap mine have lasted 2+ years. The paint chips some but they are only 6$. Best deal for crankbaits.
From: Mitch: MN 3/1/14
Comments: best lure ever 11 large mouth bass first time out on the water and so worth it for $5.49 and still in good condition
From: Oryan: WI
Comments: Using this thing on a sand bottom with lily pads and some grass. Caught about 3 5lbs, 2 4lbs, and a bunch of 3's, 2's, and 1's. That was wade fishing in Minnesota. Love this bait. Got it in gizzard shad and will be buying more as soon as I can!
From: Drew: MN
Comments: sweet little crank..the neon bluegill looks amazing! caught a lot on that one just burning along the shore
From: Buzand: Los Angeles, CA
Comments: Fantastically built crankbait. Deflects off of wood and rock with ease. The bait has great action and is pretty durable too. Don't hesitate to pick some of these up!
From: Julian: Amherst, MA
Comments: These lure works hands down. took out the 1.5 orange belly craw today 10/29/13. water temp 55 and air temp 69. caught about 30 fish in a days trip all ranging from 2-4 pounds. fished on rocky banks
From: Ray: Stockton, CA USA
Comments: I was fishing a little pond near my house and I tied a 1.0 KVD on. In 4 casts I caught a 3 lb and a 6 lb. These lures are the best!
From: D,J,: Pikeville, KY
Comments: I used these before a cold front and I smoked 'em! dropped twenty degrees and I still caught 5 more. 14 bass and one pike
From: Isaiah: Manton, MI
Comments: awesome bait caught a 12 pound catfish in crawfish but haven't got any bass
From: Jack: AL
Comments: These baits work. Try black and chartreuse in dirty water. Have caught 8 lm, 2 mudfish, and 2 spottail all in the same outing in the same water.
From: Chris: andrews sc usa
Comments: Love these baits, mostly because they work and they have great colors. I use mostly the 2.5 in bluegill up in Michigan and the first bass I got was 6 pounds and 6 oz. If you want something to catch you big bass get these!
From: Anthony: Morrice, Michigan
Comments: I got the cat special and it's DYNIMITE I love it awesome for 5 dollars
Comments: Not so great. Their claim of "every lure runs true out of the box" is so false. I actually was very excited about this lure but my very first time using this, it was way off. Did not run true one bit. Quite disappointed and frustrating on the water.
Comments: Come on people this is a great SB crank but you guys act like its yer first squarebill they been out for forever. I do love this bait though for the money and the effectivness.You gotta get the summer sexy shad its my new favorite color and thats saying something considering i own about every lure every produced my dad worked for pure fishing.The regular bluegill color kills river smallies for some reason to.
From: Tyler: Susquehanna River,PA,USA
Comments: I have black back chartreuse in 1.5 and 2.5 and both sizes catch me lots of fish. I can see why this color won the classic for KVD.
From: Ben: Port Charlotte, FL
Comments: for the money as good as the 15 dollar lucky craft the norman fat boy is just as good for a dollar less try both and you will never have to buy any other crankbaits.
From: Jim: Lake Tomahawk: WI
Comments: This is a good all around square bill I don't crank much but when I do I hang em hit em on the bank and all sorts of junk this crankbait will last I lost one and found it 2 weeks later all I did was put new mustads on it and it worked great with out eyes
From: Connor: Crafton
Comments: worst crankbait i have ever used... no one buy these. that way i can buy them all =D
From: Tyler: Compton
Comments: These square bills are very good and cheap. They last forever, are very realistic, have a great action, and they are cheap! Get one.
From: William: TX
Comments: without a doubt the best square bill on the market. Way to go strike king!
From: Brad: PA
Comments: This really is a solid bait. I caught well over 100 bass on one bait, and it lasted til I chucked it at a rock and cracked it. A must-have squarebill in my opinion. Seems more productive than my RC's.
From: JDub: NV
Comments: I use the 1.0 in the river and catch the crap out of smallmouth, big ones too. You generally catch more on the 1.0 but catch bigger ones on the 1.5. The are very durable and I am very pleased with them.
From: Adam: Bristol, TN
Comments: Amazing cheap,durable, and catches fish!
From: Jordan: Lakeland, FL
Comments: I got 2 of each color for Christmas and won 5 tournaments off these things ....thanks Kevin van dam for have a great lure
From: Patrick: USA
Comments: The best squarebill in my opinion gets out of tune quickly put once you get it right it is perfect. Won a tournament on it right after buying one of their colors!
From: Austin: TX
Comments: One of the best lures I've ever fished. Perfect for the fall and spring. Tennessee Shad is my most productive color in KY. Load the tackle box with the KVD's.
From: Adam: Bowling Green, KY
Comments: VERY IMPRESSED!! for some reason mine didn't run true out of the box tweaked it a little and started catching fish ! Strike king hit a HOMERUN with this crank bait!
From: Dale: AL
Comments: Very nice lures! great wobble and action when they are reeled in, also works great for start and stop retrieve.
From: Brian: IA
Comments: This bait fishes fair unless you make contact with structure. If your hitting it off rocks,stumps,weeds. Then you got money!!!! remember change your retrieve. slow,fast,pause,slow slow, rip. Slam! You got it!! Black back chart. in murkier water. bluegill is dynamite!
From: John: Kalispell, MT
Comments: got the gizzard shad 1.5. let me tell you something the detail on this crankbait is great. it looks real. going to fish it with new powell disel upcoming sat
From: Matthew: WI
Comments: These crankbaits are not some kind of secret, every one and there brother uses them around here yet the load the boat. that's the mark of a great bait. I have never had a QC issue with any, but I do change the stock hooks to the Mustad KVD 2x triple grips (what can I say, if KVD told me to jump off a cliff I would) Since they have been out the 1.5 has produced, and this year I started using the 2.5 when I needed a "big" bite and it has not dissapointed.
From: Basswipe: Meatwads Pond
Comments: I have caught multiple four and five pound fish with this lure. I don't want to brag on them too much bc my local tackle shops keep selling out hahah. great bait, can't be beat is shallow water
From: Josh: IL
Comments: this is the best square billed crank on the market. i pulled this thing through weeds that were supper thick, and one the second cast i hauled in a five pound bass
From: Riley: Parker, AZ
Comments: My favorite crank right now. Fish have stayed buttoned for me, and the bill does a great job deflecting cover and allows me to rip thru grass because hooks ride high above bill.
From: Tampa, FL
Comments: I've had great luck on the black back chartreuse(which tackle warehouse unfortunately doesn't carry) but anyways my first outing with this bait i caught two 3 pound bass on a hot day and a full moon goes to show you this bait does catch fish. I even caught a fish while my line was hung up in a tree pretty awesome i will be buying many more
Comments: One of the best cranks ive ever owned! Fished the chartruse sexy shad twice and have been pleased both times seems to be really killer on the sunny days. Great action!
From: Tyler: Allendale, MI
Comments: BEST SQUARE BILL ON THE MARKET IN MY OPINION catch loads of better than average bass on kentucky and lake barkley if you have never fished kentucky lake you need to plan on doing so kentucky lake is a great fishery check out some of my youtube videos fishing kentucky lake
From: fishinkentucky24: KY
Comments: Bluegill 1.5 killer pattern, No wonder why it's always out of stock. This pattern has been my top producing
square bill. after waiting for a whole month to get this in, It's literally bang up from catching so many fish.
From: Bvang: Fresno, CA
Comments: Caught about 40 bass and 20 were keepers on Black back chartreuse 1.0 before a pike swallowed it and snapped the line. One of the best little baits ever made.
From: Nolan: MI
Comments: This is a great shallow diving crank. And I live in Iowa...did u read that...IOWA. Bass fishing is tough sometimes and sometimes really good,but this is one of the most beast cranks out there.One day at around 2 o'clock i was throwing the sexy shad color and had six solid bass in half an hour, one was 4 and a half pounds.I also had some success on the 1.5 chili craw casting by trees.Overall a great crank.
From: Noah: IA
Comments: Just got my Series 1.5 today in Sexy Sunfish color. I have a feeling that this bait will be catching alot of big bass for me this year!
From: Nathan: NC
Comments: Just got back from the lake and caught a 5+ on the bluegill color as well as several 2 and 3 pounders great bait would recomend it for all ages.
From: David: Spokane, WA
Comments: I have fished the same one for a year straight and mines fine. Just switch the hooks
From: Jesse: Phx, AZ
Comments: i dont know why all you guys are saying the bill breaks because frankly...it doesnt..i smashed this bait of a dock 3 or 4 times yesterday and i was bumpin stumps,logs, rocks, etc. so i have no clue on how you guys manage to break the bills off
From: Shane: Hinsdale, MA
Comments: These are some pretty nice cranks. Between me and my brothers, we probably have all of the colors. These catch bass of all sizes. Seen small as one year old bass to seven pounders caught on this crank. Awesome crank.
From: FireTiger: California Delta
Comments: Great bait the only problem I had was the hooks are weak. I lost a 8lb plus bass the other day when the hook straigtened out on me.
From: Brett: FL
Comments: these bait rocks for the price. Lost my sexy shad last weekend to a hog, Error on my side and a weak knot. two more came in today, thanks TW, sadly sloppy job on gluing the bill, u can see china man finger prints all over the bill, hope these prints enhance water movement.. Lol.. Still going to catch fish.
From: B: Fresno, CA
Comments: I dont know why people say this bait is junk i went to a local lake and caught over 30 fish with all the stock hooks no problems i lost in a tree but that happens if u dont know how to work it threw cover
From: Jeremy: Atascadero, CA
Comments: Jim, Square Bill Cranks do get hungup occasionally. It doesn't matter how well they are designed. This is a great crankbait.
From: Luke: AL
Comments: I have fished this bait in many ponds and rivers aroiund my house and havent been anywhere this bait wont produce, my favorite is the 1.5 because you have a nice balance not to big not to small but if you want a big bight go with the 2.5 and if the bite is tough the 1.0 will catch em year round.
From: Tristan: Hoover, AL
Comments: Top notch. I ALWAYS catch something on these baits.
From: Tim: TX
Comments: There is a reason why these have been the top seller on TW for over a year...they work. I picked up a few 1.0 in chart shad and chrome sexy shad and hit the lake in my kayak. Ice out was about a week and a half ago so that water was cccooold, i found some stumps and ran this bait over them and into them and i grabbed three 3 lbrs and few 2s and two 4lbrs. Slilent small crank was key to be subtle and match the early baitfish size....
Comments: This bait is GREAT! I have the Black back chartruese, chartruese sexy shad. and Ive caight tons of bass already! I just bought the bluegill and orange belly craw in 1.0 GET SOME NOW!!!
From: Lance: Pecker
Comments: Have used these for a while and have caught smallmouth, walleye, and pike on this squarebill. The paint jobs on these lures is very durable. The action of these is AMAZING!!!
From: Kyle: MI
Comments: Have had a few of these now for about 6 months and couldn't be happier. I have found that they work great in 8 to 12 feet of water with some taller brush. Only trouble I've had is the front hook sometimes getting hooked on the bill, but other than that they have great action and very durable. I've even caught a few pike on this and it's held up. I've used mainly 1.5s but plan to use a few 1s in the spring. Just ordered 5 more
From: Josh: Madison, WI
Comments: I tried this bait for the first time during a tournament the other day. I was able to catch a key 5th fish using the blue gill color 2.5 in 52 degree water. The bait bounced off wood great and the action on it was awesome. I really like the bait so far. It's a great bait, especially for the price. I didn't replace the stock hooks, like I usually do, but they still performed well. I will be buying some more of the crankbaits!
From: Tom: North Charleston, SC
Comments: Im new to these lures but they work well. 1.5 and 2.5 in Sexy Shad. People complain about the hooks but I can count the fish I have lost with 2 fingers. Great lures, I need to try some other colors next. Awesome wobble, it drives the fish nuts.
From: Trey: Jupiter, FL
Comments: one of the best crankbaits I have ever used bass love them there paint is great doesn't chip
From: Mike: Akron, Ohio
Comments: These are great baits, no doubt...It's just why put such a carppy paint job on them? The colors are great, don't get me wrong, it's just the quality- Especially the Crome/Gold jobs...Red-Eye Shads are the same way....Not going to stop buying them though due to the fish catching ability...Th 1.0 is gonna be a WINTER KILLER!
From: Rusty: Texas, where else?
Comments: This is by far the best crankbait I have ever used. I got the 1.5 inch in bluegill and chart shad when they came out. sadly I threw both of them off due to crappy snap and goes when I went to buy another bluegill 1.5 it was the new crappy color that looks nothing like a bluegill. the 2.5 inch is the good color so if you want bluegill get 2.5 inch. overall igive this product 5 stars
From: Ethan: Noblesville, IN
Comments: SUPER popular bait. Everyone has em and throws em. But ya know what? They catch fish. I hate using what everyone else does but damn it...they catch fish. Have I mentioned that they catch...you get it. If you have no faith in cranks, or are just starting out...here you go.
From: Meatwad: Not out west
Comments: love mine ive never really had any luc with crankbaits until i used this the other day me and my buddy caught 17 bass one weighing 8 and a couble 5&6 pounds in 1 hour great bait love sexy shad
Comments: Great squarebill. I have caught many fish on them but i have one problem...if i throw it with a little velosity and it hits a dock or some wood the plastic chamber that holds the weight breaks and then the crankbait is extremely off balance and doesnt run right. Still a great crank and will buy more
From: Cody: Florida
Comments: Not sure if it is the size, but size 1 does not run true more specifically it it is horrible. I am using a 5:2:1 gear ratio with a slow retrieve and its on top of the water!!! Pretty much a waste of money, 2.5 has been great for me, has not produced any fish yet but they run true and have a nice wobble to them.
From: Brett: Rochester, NY
Comments: Love this bait so far in cold water conditions i think it produces the best. i perfer the 1.5 size the best because you can still catch average size fish and still get the bigger bite also. bluegill color is one of my favorites and went out fishing the other day and caught over 40 bass witch is the most iv ever caught in one day it was crazy. will be getting more of these soon in the new size as well and in some diffrent colors.
From: Matt: IL
Comments: definitely my favorite crankbait. in my opinion, the 1.5 in green gizzard shad is one of the best baits for highly pressure lakes and reservoirs. a slow and steady retrieve usually gets the job done.
From: Kurt, NJ
Comments: PUT the KVD hooks on and you have a real fish_catching,fun lure to use anytime bass are in shallow water.
From: Banks: Kimberly, AL
Comments: Just an amazing crankbait, I just started fishing with it and everytime, even in tought conditions, it payed off. I outfished in size and in quality people using Lucky Craft. I don't thinks I'll buy any lucky craft anymore, Strike King is the deals, KVD 1.5 and 2.5. set the hook.
From: Alexis: Canada
Comments: These baits are great for the budget minded fisherman. They have great action and are easy to work. The only problem I've found is they hang up easy working them through wooded areas. If you want the best squarelip crankbait for all situations, you can't beat the Lucky Craft Rick Clunn series crankbait that these obviously are a knockoff of. You can buy almost 3 of these though to one of those.
From: Bryan: Austin, TX
Comments: Caught a 2 lb White Bass first cast with the Cht/Blk Back. Very nice action, I replaced the front hook with a #4 RED Lazer Sharp treble. 1.5 is perfect size! 9/10
From: Bill: WV
Comments: used the bluegill pattern in texas and caught a good bit in some shallow grass but i also lost some i would recommend changing out the trebels if you can but besides that there a good little crank
Comments: These KVD 1.5 Cranks have plain out caught me fish when other cranks wouldnt. That silent bait is a GREAT change up. THX SK & KVD
From: Sonny: East Wareham, MA
Comments: things are so great. i was fishin greenwood lake in NJ, it was gettin slow, middle of the day with bright sunshine and i thought to myself "when the bite gets tough, go silent" - KVD. so i threw on the KVD silent 1.5 in green gizzard shad and started cranking it along a 6 foot flat. bass were killing it, in the middle of the day. this crankbait is a must.
From: Kurt: NJ
Comments: These are good cranks but strike king needs to get better hooks. I lost 2 good fish on these yesterday. Replace hooks and it should be good to go.
From: Leng: Siloam Springs, AR
Comments: as a follow up of my last review i got a few more colors and all work well but the black back/chart had a shad dot and a red gill which kinda turned me off on the color it still catches fish though over all a great bait p.s. change the hooks
From: Jonathon: Nashville, TN
Comments: All time favorite crankbait, catches lil' dinks to 8 1/2 pound lunkers for me fishing private ponds rippin' through grass. Great bait by strike king.
From: Geoffrey: Spring Hill, FL
Comments: Great product for the money have caught alot of fish with the only problem being the hooks.
From: Chris: Central Valley, CA
Comments: Caught a ton of bass on this bait. The hooks broke after 4 fish. Just switch the hooks and you have yourself a fish catching machine.
From: Terry: Roscommon, MI
Comments: This is a pretty decent bait for the money, I have broken the bills off of about 6 or 7 of these baits but have also broken bills off of 15dollar Lucky Craft RC crankbaits so maybe i am just a little rough on crankbaits. I would say the quality overall is as good as the RC baits for about 1/3rd the price. Good Job Strike king, I wish they could make a bait the size of a 1.5 but in a 1/2oz model .
From: Jeremy: Punxsutawney, PA
Comments: This is an outstanding product from Strike King. Great action, good hooks, awesome patterns. Works great around wood and rocks. Green gizzard and blue gill were getting pounded by Smallies and Rock Bass all day in a reservoir near me. Will be getting some more of the 1.5 and maybe a 2.5.
From: Joseph: Liverpool, NY
Comments: these are awesome i caught some nice bass off the bluegill color this is awesome i switched the hooks now im gonna buy another 1.5 and 2.5 and see how the hooks work love these crankbaits
From: Chavez: NM
Comments: I have a couple of these in the 1.5 and then specifically the 2.5 in the bluegill and sexy sunfish. The bluegill had been my go-to lure of choice at a local favorite spot for staging bass. Landed a number of 4 lbers with no probs. I know KVD said he had swapped out the factory hooks for the bassmaster classic, but i found the hooks to be just fine. Overall, good affordable shallow-diving crank.
From: SVM: Lax, WI
Comments: this bait is amazing i got the sexy sunfish and sexy shad. on the first day i got to fish for about 2 hours and caught over 20 fish and a 5 pound kicker. the hooks are good but changed mine out with spin techs kept the others if i ever need extras. good paint and bill holds up great. i will soon buy more. Also the 1.5 will catch a lot more fish and big fish, but if you need a kicker the 2.5 will do it for you.
From: Jonathon: Nashville, TN
Comments: this crankbait is so awesome it will catch a bunch of fish it caught me one trout and some bass awesome bait
From: Richard, Dulce, NM
Comments: Caught several pike on it and a couple nice bass as well. I was absolutely hammering this thing into chunk rock and it held up perfectly. one pike actually threw it when it was going ballistic but it belly hooked itself and i still landed it. In other words i won't be bothering with switching out the hooks.
From: Seth: Spokane, WA
Comments: Just know that the Bill will break on you. Maybe I had a sour grape in the batch but mine broke after 15-20 casts. Lure provides great action and it does catch big bass. Green Gizzard & Ghost seems to work best for me.
From: CVang: MPLS, MN
Comments: I love this bait. The ones I bought had perfect hooks. They've stayed nice and sharp too. It being silent has really allowed me to catch fish under conditions in which I wouldn't even originally consider throwing a crankbait. The paint on them is really good as well. All around good bait. Only complaint is local dealers cant keep the dang things in stock!
From: Dylan: GA
Comments: Strange thing, this complaint regarding "crap" hooks. I've caught at least a dozen bass off my Chartreuse Sexy 1.5 over 6 lbs. so far this spring, and I've lost NONE. I haven't even changed the hooks and this is after fishing over rock and shells. Some of you folks might want to examine your rod, reel and line combination rather than criticize Strike King.
From: Robert: Calhoun, GA
Comments: Havent had any problems with any breaking.. comes through cover great. Great search bait.
From: Joe: CA
Comments: The only thing I can say about this thing, is it's okay. It's very cheaply made. The paintjob is good, but that's about it. When you buy one, replace the hooks on it. I did lose 3 fish on this bait that could've won me the tournament I fished today...but I blame that on the angler, not the bait. Another thing is, the bill breaks and scratches way too easily. I had the bill break on mine just by it brushing the side of a dock. So no thanks Strike King. I'll stick with the RC 1.5's.
From: Alan: Talbott, TN
Comments: They catch fish, but everything about them is FRAGILE broke three in one weekend, two bills, one set of hooks.
From: Corey: NH
Comments: This is the best crankbait iv ever used runs great out of the package finally got to use it in a tournment and caught a few large mouth and smallmouth of the Black/Black Chart
From: Mike: Channahon, IL