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Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill #13391111 01/03/20 01:29 AM
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Anyone give these a try? I purchased 4 a while back thinking this is just what the doctor ordered. But, the first one I used didn't seem to track right and felt like it was rolling over on the retreive. It figured it might just be a bad one for whatever reason. Tied on another and got pretty much the same results. I did some internet searchng and really didn't see anyone having issues in various reviews other than the TackleWarehouse feedback. Others seem to be having a similar issue. One said it would help if you remove the ring from the eye and tie directly. I haven't been back out to try this yet.

I found that f I retreive pretty slow that it seems to work a little better, but I like to crank it along pretty fast.

Just wondering if anyone else is seeing this problem?

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Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391114 01/03/20 01:33 AM
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I have a couple in black back chartreuse. Same issue as yours. I just reel slowly. They catch fish. I think mine get to 5-6 ft pretty well. A nice mid depth for fishing deeper docks.


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Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391118 01/03/20 01:38 AM
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I seem to have that same issue with the 1.0 squarebills....slowing my retrieve corrects the issue

Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391124 01/03/20 01:43 AM
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Yes, they have to be moved slowly. The H2O express model runs much better but they aren’t always available at Academy. I have had decent luck with the 1.5F, similar depth but tighter wobble.

Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391131 01/03/20 01:48 AM
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I have spent a ton of time trying to tune them and the SK models are tough to get tuned. I prefer the bombers, but they rarely run straight out the box as well, but I can typically get them tuned in 10 or so tries. Unfortunately it looks like the bombers DD squarebills aren't going to be available anymore. I have a handful left but I am nervous to throw them now.

Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391244 01/03/20 03:36 AM
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Bought one to try and it rolls on itself. Junk product and won't ever buy any more.


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Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391326 01/03/20 06:35 AM
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Same issue here. Yes slowing the retrieve seems to solve the issue, but sometimes I want to fish it fast. Very disappointed in these


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Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391353 01/03/20 11:35 AM
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I've had the same issue with them. i switched over to Arashi with no more issues.


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Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391375 01/03/20 12:17 PM
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We sold a bunch of them and have heard the same complaint.. I have thrown one, and it seemed to do all right.. But I prefer the Deep Little N..

It is true that the Sq Bill Bomber will no longer be produced as per my suppliers.. And that has been a great bait down here..

I have often wondered what criteria goes into deciding what bait stays and what bait goes..

But I reckon money drives it all..

Pradco bought Norman and they have D/C a lot of colors.. Some of Our best..

Pradco has also recently acquired Gene Larew and Bobby Garland I hear..

Makes me wonder what they are going to do with them..

Didn't mean to hijack the thread..


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Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391528 01/03/20 02:44 PM
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Thanks all for the feedback. I guess somebody behind a desk signed off on production before they proved the design. Very dissapoined with Strike King.

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I suppose people setting behind a desk also stop production on lures and colors anglers like also. Go figure.

Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391605 01/03/20 03:38 PM
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Very tricky to make a crankbait stable at deep depths with a square shaped bill
The bigger lure bodied ones are more stable
Bomber used to make one
Lucky craft makes several


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I love the Academy version.

Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391892 01/03/20 08:41 PM
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yeah you have to have a legit 5:4 cranking reel to throw these they will never run right reeled quickly which is a shame.


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Re: Strike King KVD 1.5 Deep Diver Squarebill [Re: vicstric] #13391894 01/03/20 08:42 PM
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always have this issues with ALL SK hardbaits


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