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Strike King Adds Depth to KVD's Jerkbait Arsenal

 

Date: 12/4/19
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Strike King
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.92 - GOOD

Introduction:
If there's one bass pro's name that is synonymous with the product type in today's article, it's KVD. If he's not throwing a squarebill crank, you can expect to see him working a jerkbait. That's just how it is. Sure, there are soft plastics bearing his name too, but we all know when it's money time, KVD is rippin' lips and taking no prisoners. Strike King recently introduced a new version of this popular staple able to go where no KVD Deep Jerkbait has gone before. Introducing Strike King's KVD Deep Jerkbait.

 


KVD has a new jerkbait

 

Strike King KVD Deep Jerkbait Specifications

Type Jerkbait
Length 4.25" (body only)
Weight 1/2oz (measured)
Depth 11ft
Material Plastic
Colors 30
Hooks x3 - Brand Unspecified
MSRP $9.29

 


Presenting Strike King's KVD Deep Jerkbait

 

Impressions: Strike King's KVD Deep Jerkbait's body measures four and a quarter inches in length and extends another seven eighths of an inch for the diving lip. The bait is rated at three fifths of an ounce (3/5oz) but tipped our scales at half an ounce (1/2oz). My one surprise with this bait is that it does not seem to come with Mustad KVD hooks.


Deep diving baits usually mean an oversized bill

Real World Tests: I fished this bait on a variety of setups during the 2019 season. The KVD Deep Jerkbait was part of my lure rotation testing rods, reels, and fishing line and while I threw the bait on all three line types, I liked it best with fluorocarbon.


But this bait's bill is that far out of proportion

Castability: Securing the bait's hooks against its body and shaking the bait around you can hear a couple of large bearings mixed in with a series of smaller ones. Like all lures of this type, the rattles double as a weight transfer system. When you swing for your cast, the bearings slide in the direction of flight to the back of the bait giving it the momentum it needs to complete your cast. Whether you're targeting for distance or accuracy, it's easy to accomplish both with this lure.


My pet peeve... a KVD bait with no KVD hooks?

Dive Time: Strike King's KVD Deep Jerkbait floats to the surface after your cast. On touch down, it sits with a tail down position, slowly floating back to the surface until you begin your retrieve. Twitch that rod tip and it dives down immediately darting off to the side. Work your twitches in quick succession and the bait will dart from one side to the other with a flashing body roll. Pause and the bait will suspend in a head down position.


Of course, the stock hooks do work

If you're curious as to what a prototypical jerkbait swimming action looks like, the KVD Deep Jerkbait is it.

Thrown near enough to the boat where you can see its action, the bait inspires confidence. However, at this distance, the bait does not get down very deep. On longer casts I can tell the bait does get down more than normal. I'm just not positive it really reaches the rated eleven foot (11ft) diving depth. If maximum depth is your goal, definitely use fluorocarbon line and make a long cast.


Strike King is stepping up the refinement in their finishes

Design/Ergonomics: The KVD Deep Jerkbait is available in thirty (30) different colors. A very good indication that it's here to stay. Most manufacturers, when debuting a new bait will stick to eight or ten proven colors until the bait takes off. Thirty is an indication Strike King has confidence in the effectiveness of this bait - and that they should. My only question is why a KVD bait doesn't come with KVD hooks?


This "Pro Green" color has some nice detailing

Price & Application: Regardless, Strike King's KVD Deep Jerkbait sells for $9.29. Honestly, that's a little higher than I would have thought but certainly not outrageous. Even though I'm used to enthusiast pricing, sometimes, bait prices still surprise me.


One last look

Ratings:

Strike King KVD Deep Jerkbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A solid, no nonsense bait 8
Performance Casts well and could be the prototype for jerkbait action 9
Price Just a tad higher than expected 7.5
Features Moving weight system but no KVD hooks? 7
Design (Ergonomics) Excellent color selection 8
Application A prototypical jerkbait for your staple of go to baits 8

Total Score

7.92
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Behaves how a jerkbait should - No KVD hooks on a KVD bait?
+ Excellent color options  
+ Good size options too  


If you're looking for a jerkbait to get just a little big further down, Strike King's KVD Deep Jerkbait could be the one

Conclusion: I almost stopped fishing this bait after my first cast. Other than trying to verify running depth, there really was nothing else I needed to know. Of course I did have to catch at least one fish. Then after the first one, well, I might as well catch another, right? You know how it goes after that. Sometimes you fish a product that just gets it right. I expected nothing less from a jerkbait bearing KVD's name on it, but at the same time, I've learned never to take anything for granted while testing a product. While I'm not positive this bait gets down to 11 feet, I know it does run deeper than normal and of course catches fish. If you're looking for a jerkbait to get just a little big further down, Strike King's KVD Deep Jerkbait could be the one.

 

Looking for Strike King KVD Jerkbaits? Try Tacklewarehouse:

KVD Deep Jerkbait : KVD Standard Jerkbait


   

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