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Gear Review: Spro BBZ-1 Shad Swimbait 4″ – Slow Sink

Gear Review: Spro BBZ-1 Shad Swimbait 4″ – Slow Sink

Spro BBZ-1 Shad Swimbait 4″ – Slow Sink

Condition:  New

Number of trips used:  1-2 trips

How it performed:  I just bought this bait a few days ago after looking into different models of swim baits.  I was initially skeptical about getting a $20 bait that I wasn’t even sure I was going to like, but all skepticism was removed once it hit the water.


–INCREDIBLE action. The action of the lure is virtually unmistakable from the swimming motion of a live shad. Also, if you stop it during the retrieve or twitch it in, you can make it swing 180deg around and freeze like a dying bait fish.

–The finish and detail to the lure is excellent. (Blueback Herring)

–The lure is very durable and has a larger profile in person. Has much more meat to it than many of the other swimbaits that I’ve seen.

– The versatility of this lure is also nothing short of excellent. With the slow sink I am able to create a large wake on the surface, fish it just inches below the surface and create the slightest surface wake, or even slow roll and twitch it deeper like a dying shad.

–The other great thing that it is not overly heavy. You can easily cast this lure on a stiffer medium rod. You shouldn’t need to invest in a heavy swimbait rod.

–Caught a 2 pound LMB on the first cast in a highly pressured lake – Always a good sign!


–Price. One of the few things that I can rag on about this lure is the price. Don’t get me wrong, I find it to be absolutely worth the price. You just seem to find yourself not wanting to chuck it into cover or dredge deep for fear of snagging.
P.S.  Use 30 pound+ braid.

-Casting. It is definitely a little less accurate than something like a walk-the-dog style bait or a jig. It seems to catch the air and glide away a little before landing, but nothing serious. I can tell you that there are many lures that cast way worse.

Overall, I’m very impressed by the action, finish, durability, and versatility of this bait. No doubt it will catch a slab here soon.

Rating: 9

Reviewed by DCBuckeyeguy77

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