Kevin VanDam spent 2 years perfecting the KVD 1.5 and 2.5 Squarebill Crankbaits. He shares how their erratic swimming action sets them apart.
This bait will trigger bites when other baits won’t. It’s a bait that I worked on for a long time. It took two years from start to finish to get the KVD 1.5 and 2.5 perfected. What I’m looking for in a shallow running crankbait is the perfect wobble and vibration. This has no rattle to it, so it’s real quiet. This is a bait that I like to throw when it’s tough conditions, when the bite will be a bit off.
Most crankbaits just run in a straight line, but I wanted this bait to run through the water and swim erratically. When I first started fishing crankbaits a long time ago, like squarebill, we would look for wood baits. You’d try to cast them, and you’d look for that erratic swimming action and irregularity in the water. You’d buy a dozen of them and you’d be lucky to find one that has some action out of the box. And after two or three days of throwing it, it’s torn up—the wood baits don’t hold up. The KVD baits are durable.
We spent a lot of time on the body design and the weighting design to make sure the 1.5 and 2.5 KVD crankbaits swim erratically. Every single one out of the package will kick around and not run in a straight line.