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I hate crankbaits, but if I'm going to fish one, it's going to be a Berkley Pitbull or custom painted 1.5 blank a lot of the time.

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12 minutes ago, Angry John said:

Kvd 1.5 bluegill

One of my favorites too. I’ve had some determined bites on that exact pattern 

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I don't know if I have a favorite as I like them all and some are good in just specific situations. That said, if I have to choose just 1 as a favorite it would either be a Mann's Baby X or a discontinued Xcalibur XCS 100 square bill. Honorable mentions would be the Storm Arashi square 3, Rapala DT-Fat 3, Bagley Balsa B2 and the Bagley Rattlin' Kill'R B and the Xcalibur XCS 200 real craw series square bill.

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If you can find  Rapala Crankin Raps in the clearance bins grab em . I think they are a Storm design . They resemble a Wiggle Wart with a square lip and tight action . 

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i like the 1.5s by kvd, lucky craft lc rto in brent gill i think.

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I think the best plastic squarebills out there right now are the 6th. sense crush. I also like the old xcalilber if you can find one.

The color depends on water color and where you fish. On Table Rock I throw the live Threadfin Shad a lot. If the waters dingy I'd throw chartreuse /black back . Bill  Norman used to have a color called Mountain Dew that i Really liked, I know a guy who custom  paints it and calls it pizz ice but it looks the same

 In Balsa, I throw Dave's, Wec, and black Labels... same deal, some kind of shad and something with chartreuse or Orange.

Bass craft is another good balsa and they are reasonably priced. Daves are basically a Bagley copy and will set you back about 50 bucks but they run perfect and each bait is hand painted and he personally runs every bait. The golden bream is a great color.

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KVD Strike King 1.5 in Sexy Shad.

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KVD 1.5 color varies by conditions 

 

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I   must be the only person in the world who hasnt had a lot of luck with the KVD 1.5 . 

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For plastic, I like the Jackall Aska. Colors depend on water color, but I use the Tennessee Shad color the most.

 

For balsa, it's hard to beat the C Flash squarebills.

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Some of my favorite square bill crankbaits are:

 

KVD 1.5

KVD 2.5

River2Sea Ish Monroe Biggie

Lucky Craft LC Rattle In

Lucky Craft LC RTO

 

But my #1 favorite square bill crankbait is the Norman Fat Boy. Not too expensive, has a nice wide wobble, moves a lot of water and dives over 3ft easily on 17lb mono and at least 4ft on 12lb.

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LC 1.5 in Copper Perch. 

 

Allen 

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I fish areas where my squarebills have to be very shallow running to stay above the snot grass, so my favorites reflect that.

  For my area my top 3 would have to be the Bandit 100, KVD 1.0, and the Spro baby fat john 50.  Also like the LC cbds 0, baby 1-, and lc skt.  I keep colors simple, something chartreuse in murkier water and something shad in clearer.

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I   must be the only person in the world who hasnt had a lot of luck with the KVD 1.5 . 

no i havent either 

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6th Sense Crush 50 and Crush 100 in bluegill fire and/or bluegill spawn.

 

KVD 1.5 and KVD 2.5 

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Bomber Square A with the KVD 1.5 a close 2nd. The Bombers don't have great hooks but they are cheap so a hook swap is no big deal.

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 Bill Lewis Echo 1.75 😎

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Livingston Primetyme Square 2.0 in true bream.

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