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Lure Review


Swimming Heads : Strike King's Red Eye Shad


Date: 5/27/15
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Strike King
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.85 - EDITORS CHOICE
                              & BEST VALUE AWARD!

Following on the heels of our successful experience with Strike King's 10XD deep diving crank, we've been scouring the peg boards of our local tackle shop for another Strike King product with which to entice the end of our lines. What did that search reveal? Why of course, it's Strike King's Red Eye Shad!


Strike King Red Eye Shad Specifications

Type Lipless Crank
Length 2, 2.5 & 3 inches
Weight 1/4, 1/2, & 3/4 ounces
Colors 54
Hooks 2 #4 VMC Vanadium Cone Cut Trebles
MSRP $5.49 - $5.99


Quality/Construction: Strike King's Red Eye Shad is perhaps the oddest looking lipless crank I've tied to the end of my line. The head section and eye are so large, it's almost as if the bait is all head and no body. This bait is available in a wide variety of finishes that are all very good by USDM standards. Detailing of the bait itself is subtle but effective with a little belly bulge and molded gill plates. Hardware includes two #4 sized VMC Vanadium Cone Cut trebles (on the half ounce size) with standard split rings, and craftsmanship of this bait is about average.


Quality Ratings for Strike King Red Eye Shad

Finish (1-5)
Detailing (1-5)
Hardware (1-5)
Craftsmanship (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

For fans of Strike King baits, this little number requires no introduction.

Performance: Baits like this really intrigue me because they're a little different in appearance. Strike King tweaked the cookie cutter, shad shaped body a little, added some contours for interest, and put together what seems to be a successful bait. I couldn't wait to get out on the water with this product.

Interestingly enough, not all color patterns for this shad feature a red eye.

Castability: No surprise here, the Red Eye Shad, like most lipless cranks sails through the air. I only fished the half ounce size in this bait but it really sails through the air straight onto your intended target with very little big league slider action.

To see what makes one "tick" we go to extreme measures.

Slow and High Speed: Another great thing about this bait is it swims true and with a lot of vibrating feedback no matter your retrieve speed. I know it's just my imagination, but it almost feels as if this compact, half ounce sized little head swims faster than other lipless cranks I've thrown.

Strike King's Red Eye Shad is packed with noise making rattles.

Yo Yo Action: On the lift and drop yo-yo retrieve, the Red Eye Shad does some really interesting things! On the descent, it falls in an almost neutral body position parallel to the surface of the water. What's more, as it descends, the bait shimmies top to bottom like a baitfish that's not doing too well. The action on this bait is really good!

This bait falls over on the bottom.

Position at Rest: Let the Red Eye Shad sink all the way to the bottom and? Like the great majority of lipless cranks, it falls over. It probably would have been unfair if Strike King found a way to make a bait with this tiny rear profile stand up on the bottom.

Performance Ratings for Strike King Red Eye Shad

Castability (1-3)
Slow Speed (1-3)
High Speed (1-3)
Yo Yo (1-3)
Position at Rest (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Hardware includes two #4 sized VMC Vanadium Cone Cut trebles


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