Cute and Deadly,
the BBZ-1 Baby Shad Imitates Baitfish
Total Score: 7.91 -
So often the word
“swimbait” is used interchangeably with “bigbait” and while the BBZ-1 was
originally designed to be a large hard-bodied swimbait over time smaller and
smaller versions were introduced to address a wider range of applications and
conditions. The Baby Shad is the company’s smallest BBZ-1 swimbait to date and
features a lot of what makes the originals so popular, just in a tiny 2.5” form
The BBZ-1 get
miniaturized with the Baby Shad versions
The BBZ-1 Series of swimbaits are among the most popular baits from the SPRO
lineup and are the creation of Pro Bass Angler Bill Siemantel, who not only has
had a successful career on the water catching over 400 bass over 10lbs, but also
off the water where he is dedicated to creating and refining lures for SPRO.
The Baby Shad
meet up with Bill at just about every fishing show and it is always exciting to
see just what prototype he will pull out of his briefcase. It was one such event
when Bill reached in opened up his fish to reveal a handful of Baby Shad
prototypes. At the time the baits construction was pretty much ironed out but
the company was still working out the finishes and still encountering some
challenges with applying the reflective elements on these tiny swimbaits.
Each bait is
only 2.5" long and weighs 1/4oz.
Fast forward a few months,
and many finishes later, and the Baby Shad was finally ready for primetime. Each
Baby Shad is 2.5” in length and weighs only 1/4oz. each. The baits all have
three hinges and four individual segments connected with metal hardware and each
bait is armed with a single #8 Gamakatsu treble hook positioned on the head
segment close to the middle of the bait.
patterns like the Citrus Shad that make use of foil to add extra flash
Real World Tests:
To test the
BBZ-1 Baby Shad we headed to both the California Delta and Clear Lake to target
fish in search of schooling baitfish. We fished the lure on a variety of rigs
including baitcasting and spinning setups using both mono and braided lines.
attention to detail, even the metal hardware holding the segments together is
Weighing only 1/4oz. the Baby Shad casts best on lighter monofilament lines or
braid. I was able to cast these baits with standard casting rods and this is one
swimbait that is excellent to fish using spinning gear. With a spinning setup it
is easy to cast the Baby Shad pretty far or make simple sidearm or lob casts to
target specific zones like docks or alongside submerged timber. Once in the
water simply count down and the bait will sink roughly 1 foot pet second.
Fish version was excellent at Clear Lake when there were lots of Silversides in