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Introduce yourself to one of the most realistic shad imitations out there, the BBZ-1 Swimbait from SPRO®, to see what a swimbait with serious swagger can do for you! The ultra-impressive BBZ-1 Shad Swimbaits' four-segment body helps produce the side-to-side swagger fish can't miss, and its detailed finish adds an element of realism that's not found on other swimbaits with this much movement and durability Plus, the BBZ-1 Shad Swimbaits come in four weights each with a different sink rate, so you can swim the BBZ-1 through the popular feed lanes where the big bass, muskie, tarpon, redfish, stripers, snook, salmon and every other predator fish hang out.
Ultra-realistic shad imitation
Produces serious side-to-side action
Available four weights each with a different sink rate
Best moving top water swim-bait i have ever purchased. looks so realistic and moves real natural.
August 14, 2012
Changed the hooks on it for saltwater use..lost it to a big Barracuda!!
April 11, 2012
2 1/2 " not the same as 4"
I have both fast sinkers 2 1/2" and 4". I love the 4". It's very realistic and tracks perfectly. I have caught fish with this when friends were getting skunked.
The 2 1/2" leaves much to be desired. Firstly, I'll say the first time I used it I caught a small bass on the 2nd cast. But I'm guessing it was a reaction strike. The thing sinks way too fast and rolls badly to the left. It does not swim naturally at all. I would return it except that I bought it with a gift card. It is not worth 17 bucks for sure.
February 24, 2012
Great Strikes, Poor Hook-sets
The strike attracting action of the Spro BBZ1 is incredible. I often get top water strikes when nothing else will attract a hit, but at a cost. Although this bait will get you blood chilling strikes, putting the fish in the boat is heartbreaking. I've lost more fish than I have landed...four lost fish in the last tow outings.
While I do not represent myself as fishing lure engineer, I'm of the opinion that given the bait has only one hook, mounted forward of center, unless the fish "chokes" this bait the position of the hook only provides hooking the fish in the softest part of the mouth, the lower lip.
In an effort to compensate for this phenomenon, I replaced the stock hook with a Mustad KVD 1/0 treble hook. Unfortunately this did not resolve the issue. I lost two fish today, four pound and three pound class fish. It would be nice if there were a way to add a "stinger" hook.
I still use the bait with regularity but with a definitive understanding; the strike will be awesome but the catch will likely be disappointing.
September 4, 2011
I use a Falcon Cara T7, 7' MH to throw mine so you should be fine with the St Croix. But, as a suggestion, get the floater and fast sinker. I own all three but if I had it to do over, I wouldn't get the slow sinker as it tends to surface fairly rapidly as I retrieve it, regardless of retrieval speed.
I would save the money and just buy the fast sink. You have to crank the slow sink excruciatingly slow to keep it down. Don't have a fast sink, but i figure you can get it on the surface like the other lures too.
I took my 2.5 in out today first time and caught one fish in a tiny canal on my 2nd cast so it does catch fish. The swimming action is no where near the larger fast sinker I have. The small one pitches badly to the left and doesn't look natural at all.
If you are after little fish or smallmouth bass, its great. Why not just use a beetle spin or some other cheap small fishing lure. If you are after big bass, then use something that is a minimum of five inches.
1 year, 5 months ago
My buddy had the 2.5" and it got me into wanting to get it. his did perform very well. I recently picked up the bbz-1 baby shad 2.5" inch 1/4 oz. natural shad but haven't had a chance to fish it yet. All the sizes have a very realistic swimming feature so I guess to answer your question I don't see why not. Plus I'm sure they will eat it up in the springtime regardless of it being an inch and a half shorter. I hope that answers your question.
Most people fish this lure down south where bass dont eat as many bluegill but where large shad and other baitfish are a primary source. I live in Missouri so I bought the bluegill but this bait didnt work for me. I didnt catch anything and it broke in half.. so yeah I think bluegill looks great though and looks good in the water
you can but the fish may have a strange reaction to the color of the bait. I dont know since I have never tried it but in theory it should work. You can catch fish on a bright neon green worm can't you. Bet there arent many of those that aren't nuclear
Absolutely. It still looks like prey, and is a mix of natural colors that won't spook the fish. I fish a lot of small waterways trout could never survive in, but I still like using the trout color in certain situations. The shape of the bait is far more important than the color in most situations. A natural shape is a natural shape.
use what the fish will see, hear, and feel...I dont worry about trying to match the bait (shad, blugill, trout) to what the area is producing , But I do match the hatch when trout fishing, but every now and then I tie on something I know they have not seen yet just to see if they will react.
Both have their time and place. I own both, and either one is worth buying, depending on the situation(s) you intend to throw them in. The 6" I use for larger or more aggressive fish or to solicit a territorial response. The 4" I use as my go-to bait in almost any situation.
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