In reality, the Lover is just as easy to place as a standard spinnerbait, it's just a challenge mentally to grow accustomed to the bait's more three dimensional profile. Once in the water, the Lover has a very enticing flutter to the bottom as the bait's weight carries it down through the water column, the blades will spin, flutter, foul against one another creating quite the ruckus.
The head is flat on the bottom making it easier to swim this bait over rocks and laydowns.
This same, unpredictable behavior of the three willow leaf blades continues on the retrieve and that's what makes this bait even more enticing. While the majority of time the blades do seem to cooperate on a retrieve, there are moments where the middle blade will interfere with one of the blades on either side temporarily fouling the bait only to have it right itself again as you retrieve. This behavior is very similar to one of my favorite spinnerbaits, the former Clacker Spinnerbait by Persuader America.
It comes with a hook by Italian owned OMTD.
That bait was (and still is) a favorite of mine because an irregular retrieve was already built into the bait. The same can be said of the Lover. Obviously you can still kill your retrieve, slow roll this bait, etc., but to know the bait has some built in hiccups when you go brain dead on chuck and wind mode is great.
The three blades behave with one another most of the time, but occasionally will clash - and that's a good thing.
If there is one downside to this bait however, it's the Lover's performance in and around weedy areas. Where a standard spinnerbait's two dimensional design allows it to swim through tight spaces and some weed patches, the Lover, with its more three dimensional mass, has a propensity to catch in the weeds and help you prune the lake of these lower unit clogging annoyances. Translation, the Lover is not very weedless - something you kind of count on with a spinnerbait.
This bait's one downfall? Weeds.
Design & Ergonomics: Molix's Mike Iaconelli Lover Spinnerbait is available in eight (8) different colors and so far, only one size, 1/2 ounce. The blade colors do vary between colors and all are made with a hook by OMTD, an Italian brand with a direct affiliation with Molix.
Quality components are used throughout this bait.
Price & Applications: The Lover Spinnerbait retails for $12.99 and while it is a spinnerbait at heart, it is best suited for situations where there isn't a predominance of hydrilla, millfoil, or other underwater weeds. You can easily fish the edges of these weed lines, but this bait isn't the best fished through the weeds. Other typical areas beneath docks, over and on top of rocks, next to laydowns, etc. are all fine it's just the umbrella like arms of this bait will catch in the weeds.
The Lover Spinnerbait retails for $12.99.