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TackleTour Autopsy: Diving into KVD's Strike King 6XD Crankbait

 

Date: 11/21/10
Tackle type: Lure
Manufacturer: Strike King
Reviewer: Zander








Introduction: On the operating table is Strike king's hot 6XD crankbait which was designed with the help of KVD and employed on his 2nd place finish at the 2009 BASS Elite Series event at Kentucky Lake. Let's take a closer look at this deep diver.

 


The lure that KVD helped design, the Strike King 6XD crankbait

 

Strike King 6XD: The 6XD is very similar to the Strike King 6 Series baits but the new XD (stands for extra deep) is designed to get way down to 18+ foot depths. KVD describes both the importance of dive depth to get into the strike zone and proper wobble to get bass to strike. In order for the 6XD to achieve maximum diving depth it needs enough room and time to dive so casting distance is also an important factor and because of this Strike King goes through a lot of effort to make sure the lures are balanced so they not only cast easily but run consistently once in the water.  

 


talk about consistency, each lure sits identically to the next

 

The 6XD also features a durable lip design that allows it to achieve a steep dive angle and deflect off structure when coming into contact with rocks and timber or simply digging into the lake bottom. The company offers the 6XD in both regular (includes rattles) and silent models.

 


You have been chosen...

 

Each lures is 3" in length (minus the transparent lip) and weighs 1oz. each. The lure is available in a wide range of patterns that can address baitfish species from coast to coast and there are both opaque and translucent patterns so anglers can utilize these baits in varying degrees of water clarity.

 


The 6XD Green Back Chartreuse takes one last dip

 

Once you attach a name like KVD to a bait it already has a head start in terms of market acceptance but what also makes the 6XD so popular is the lure's aggressive price of $4.99 each.

 


This lure is 3" in length minus the diving lip

 

Autopsy: We started things out for the 6XD with a quick dunk in the test tank. The lure sits a dive angle but floats when prone. We found the lures extremely consistent with each and every lure sitting identically when at rest. We had to pick one pattern to operate on and like a predatory fish we honed in on the pattern that stood out the most... the Green Back Chartreuse.

 


The lure features surprisingly good stock hooks

 

Once the hooks were removed it was time to take a closer look at the bait's lip and profile. Though capable of getting down quickly the 6XD doesn't have a huge lip so water resistance is not as great as with some other lures, this allows you to crank the 6XD for longer periods with reduced fatigue. At the widest section of the lures' belly it is only 30.41mm thick making it smaller than some of it's competitors in profile. 

 


The 6XD is not all that large a bait for such a deep diver

 


The 6XD actually looked "cute" and I actually felt bad about pinning it in the vise...

 


...nonetheless it was time to wound this lure

 

Next Section: Scrape harder that lure's finish is tough!


 

 

 

 

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