KVD Comments on Strike King's New Bass Baits for
and 3/4 oz Red Eye Shad Sizes. Building off
KVD's tournament-winning success with the 1/2 oz lipless Red Eye
Shad, Strike King has introduced smaller 1/4 oz and larger 3/4 oz
Red Eye Shads for 2009. Kevin VanDam says it is the fall this
bait has that's the deal for him. Therefore, Strike King's goal
was to ensure the new 1/4 and 3/4 oz sizes do the exact same
thing as the original 1/2 oz model. Strike King feels they do
have the same great casting distances, same great vibration, same
great sound and the best fall in the business.
When you burn this bait and kill it, the fall and the way the
bait shimmies as it falls is what incites bass and enabled him to
win a BASS Elite Series tournament with the Red Eye Shad, says
Red Eye Shad
"With the three models, making the choice of which one to
use when (1/4, 1/2, 3/4), the way I see it comes down to depth
and speed," Kevin tells us.
oz Red Eye. "I'll choose the 3/4 oz Red
Eye to get maximum depth. It's a good choice for getting deeper
in the summer months, for getting down on ledges or to yoyo it in
anywhere from 7-20 feet. I'll sink it down and yoyo it along the
bottom almost how you'd fish a jig," according to Kevin.
oz Red Eye. "I can use the 1/2 oz Red Eye
anywhere from dirt (the bank) to about 7' deep," KVD says.
oz Red Eye. "I'll use the 1/4 oz Red Eye
in grass that's real thick or real shallow water. It's also a
good fall (autumn) bait. In the backs of the creeks in autumn,
there can be a lot of real small bait, and the 1/4 size better
matches that. Also when there's thick grass that grows within two
feet of the surface, the 1/2 oz size can get caught up too easily
in that. However, the 1/4 oz will not hang up, especially if you
use it with heavy line," adds Kevin.
"Overall, size choice is more about depth control and
speed, and you can use line size to control that too. Heavy
line's going to keep the lure higher or let you go slower.
Lighter line let's it go deeper and/or faster," says VanDam.
Shad Topwater Swimbait. Strike King brought it's
jointed King Shad hard swimbait to the market last year (2008).
The Wake Shad, new for 2009, is identical to the Kind Shad in
every way except for the front lip which lets the Wake Shad stay
on the surface and 'wake' or roil the water with its jointed
body. Strike King says it can be reeled slowly or burned across
the top of the water. Simply throw it out and reel it in. Change
your retrieve speed to get dialed into the pace the fish prefer,
and catching a big one should be no problem, says Strike King.
"I'm a huge fan of the King Shad, and I got it on the map
for Strike King since I caught so many big fish on it," says
Kevin VanDam. "The nice thing about the King Shad is you can
just burn it real fast, and the silhouette is natural enough,
even in clear water, to get reaction strikes."
New Wake Shad
"The new Wake Shad is just like it, except it wakes on
the surface. The best time of year you can do real well with
wakebaits is post-spawn," according to Kevin.
"You can keep the Wake Shad close up near the surface, in
clear water, and it kind of gets obscured up there, due to the
surface ripple, reflection and everything else that breaks up the
surface. On the other hand, a bait that gets 3-4 feet under the
surface, in clear water, fish can see it too easily and detect
it's fake. But a bait like the Wake Shad, that is right up near
the surface, can't be detected as fake so easily. So in clear
water you can catch fish with the surface-riding Wake Shad that
you can't catch with the King Shad (which runs 2-4' deep),"
New Spinnerbaits with Raz-R-Blades. Strike King
is the #1 spinnerbait company in the world, has two new models
for top and bottom fishing. Both feature Strike King's new 'Raz-R-Blade
High RPM' blades. These are a thin cut willow leaf blade designed
to increase the revolutions of the blade, which increases the
flash, claims the company. Both come in a variety of colors
including Strike King's hit Sexy Shad color.
Bottom Dweller (left) and Burner
Dweller Deep Structure Spinnerbait. Designed
for deep water. It has a non-rolling head shape designed to
handle bottom contact. The Raz-R-Blades help keep the bait deep
while increasing the flash and allowing the bait to stay in the
strike zone. Available in 3/4 oz and 1 oz models.
Spinnerbait. Ideal for ultra clear, high speed
applications, the Burner's designed to swim and flash just under
the water's surface. The compact, minnow shaped head is built for
maximum speed and drag reduction. The Burner features the all new
Raz-R-Blade High RPM Blade. The blade design helps keep the bait
from popping out of the water like other willow leaf blades will
do. Available in 3/8 and 1/2 oz models.
Spoon. A new style of slow-falling, fluttering,
larger spoon is becoming popular nowadays. The action's designed
to emulate a dying baitfish with the flash, flutter and fall. The
new spoon style is regarded as a big fish technique. Available in
4” & 5-1/2” sizes and a variety of colors including the
popular Sexy Shad.
Swimbait. A hollow body swimbait available in
Strike King's flagship crankbait colors such as Chartreuse Shad
and Sexy Shad. As with all swimbaits of this kind. matching a big
enough hook to the bait is of paramount importance. Available in
a new 3-1/2” size as well as 4-1/2”, 5-1/2” and 6-1/2”
Scented Soft Baits. Strike King introduced five
new 'KVD’s Favorites' Coffee Scented soft baits. They contain a
lot of salt and the Coffee scent is said to add appeal as it
masks human scents and other undesirable oils, claims the
company. Most all models of soft baits can be rigged weightless
or weighted in a variety of ways.
Shad. A soft jerkbait style.
A goby style bait that should be ideal the Great Lakes such as
Lake Erie and its bruiser smallies. Great to dropshot. A unique
feature is the 'jig slot' in the back of the head, says Strike
Hawg. A creature bait style
& 7” Ocho. Unique among soft stickbaits
in that it isn't round but has eight sides. Remindful somewhat of
a pencil with its flat sides. Strike King claims the eight flat
sides cause enhanced undulation and action in the water.
A heavy cover flipping or pitching style designed to make major
disturbance under the water. Has bubble-tipped appendages.
'KVD's Favorites' include
coffee-scented Caffeine Shad (left) and eight-sided Ocho (right).
"The biggest thing with the 'KVD's Favorites' soft bait
line is we used this super, super soft plastic and then we added
salt to kind of firm it back up again," says KVD. "Our
goal was to get maximum action out of all the appendages and
moving parts - but also get the fast sink rate from salt
"The coffee idea," KVD says, "got started since
all nightcrawler worm farms feed coffee grounds to the worms, and
they seem really attracted to it. One day one of the farm workers
threw a cup of coffee grounds into a pond, just to get rid of
them, and the bluegills ate the heck out of the grounds. That
caused us to think there may be something to this, and we started
to test it (coffee) on bass. There seems to be something to it.
Who can say why. Same as no one can say why garlic seems to work.
I'd like to get away from garlic-flavored lures anyway,"
chuckles KVD. "So that's how the coffee got started. We use
salt in combination with it, and salt's a main component in
blood, so bass taste a lot of salt when they crush a crawdad or
baitfish - or one of these soft baits."
"Getting back to the coffee, we did a lot of tests with
it. Bass seem to bite it more and hold it. An added benefit is,
when you have coffee in a bait, it darkens the color up a bit -
in a very natural way. It's hard to match any other way what the
coffee added to the plastic color does. So you get a natural,
little darker color that's hard to come by any other way,"
Tail Soft Baits. Each Rage Tail lure has a tail
design that's intended to maximize attraction, splash, noise,
vibration and other actions. In other words, these aren't subtle
or finesse baits. They're 'Rage Tails'. Four new Rage Tail body
styles for 2009 are:
Anaconda. Strike King’s answer to the big
worm trend. Designed to displace water and entice deepwater bass.
The tail is big and bulky yet slither through the water, claims
the company. Available in 7” and 10” models.
Lobster. Almost too big to be called a crawdad,
hence the Lobster's name. Features Rage Claws that move violently
in even small amounts of current, any movement makes them go
crazy claims the company. Big profile body and claws are 4-1/2”
long and displace a large amount of water. Strike King pro Denny
Brauer says he pitches and flips it alone, and uses them as a jig
trailer when he needs a big bulky profile.
Space Monkey. The body profile and has a
frog-like look to it, says Strike King. It has outrageous action
as it falls through the water column due to the Rage arms and
legs, designed to displace a massive amount of water. Can be
Texas Rigged, Carolina Rigged or used as a jig trailer.
6" Lizard. The Rage Tail design is featured on
all 4 smaller legs and the large Rage Tail all have incredible
movement in the water, says Strike King.
Rage Anaconda (left) and Rage
"All the Rage Baits have their place and time, but
probably my favorite is the Anaconda," says Kevin VanDam.
"The Rage Lobster I fished earlier this year at Falcon and
Amistad. The Lobster's well-suited for Texas bass, and it's just
a bigger version of the Rage Craw. But the Anaconda, I've used
lots of big ribbon tails in my time, and the Anaconda's got a
better action at a slower speed than any I've ever seen. That's
kind of the concept that defines the whole Rage Tail line. They
are all designed with the concept to produce more tail action
than other soft baits, whether at slow speeds or fast,"
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