Product Review: Lake Fork Tackle Premium Series 1.5 Finesse Square Bill

Product Review: Lake Fork Tackle Premium Series 1.5 Finesse Square Bill
Date: 10/28/15
Product type: Crankbait (Square bill)
Manufacturer: Lake Fork Trophy Lures
Reviewer: Jamie Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

There’s one type of bait every Bass angler has in their box, crankbaits, and I’m no different. If I’ve learned something about these baits is that it is good to have a wide selection to choose from. Square bill crankbaits are a very important variation that should be considered and I found a neat little option, the Premium Series 1.5 finesse

LFT Premium Series 1.5 finesse Square Bill

LFT Premium Series 1.5 finesse Square Bill

Square Bill from my friends at Lake Fork Trophy Lures. At times, it was almost unfair to the Bass and the other anglers in the boat when I worked these baits.

 

 

 

(1.5 Finesse Square Bill) Specifications
Type Square bill crankbait
Length 21/4”
Weight
Material
Hooks Black nickel trebles
Colors 12 colors to choose from
Origin Texas, U.S.A
MSRP $6.99 American funds

 

 

“Premium Series” definitely defines these high end, high quality crankbaits. Lake Fork Trophy Lures took craftsmanship to the max while keeping in mind that durable hardware and a variety of color choices would make this an effective, sought after bait choice. Airbrushed finishes along with realistic eyes (very important) makes for a very high level of detail and realism that mimics a wide variety of forage found everywhere from Texas to northern Ontario

 

Quality Ratings for (1.5 Finesse Square Bill)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 5 20 20 10

 

 

How do these baits perform? Exceptionally. When using the proper rod, reel, line combination, the 1.5 Finesse Square Bill shines. Because of its smaller size, a 7’ medium/light-medium power, medium speed spinning rod paired with a 5.4-1 speed reel spooled with 8-10lb fluorocarbon line is ideal. If a baitcaster is your thing, then I would stick with a medium/light power with the same specs as mentioned previously. These set-ups will allow for maximum castability and ease of use for even the most novice of angler. The action is very natural and subtle which makes for an easy meal for the laziest, most neutral Bass. It has a tight wobble that doesn’t diminish from very slow, to super-fast retrieves. I’ve bounced these baits through rocks, bumped them into stumps and through vegetation and caught limits of big smallmouth and largemouth with zero damage to the bill, body or hooks. Very impressive for a smaller version of a timely classic such as a power style crankbait.

 

 

Performance Ratings (1.5 Finesse Square Bill)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 5 5 n/a 5 19 20 9.5

 

The Premium Series by Lake Fork Trophy Lures has just been introduced within the last year or so I believe so as far as the 1.5 Finesse Square Bill is concerned, there is only one size to choose from at this point. I’m sure that in the future more sizes of crankbaits will be introduced but, this particular size of bait is very useful. As previously mentioned, the realism and action combined with the 1.5 Finesse Square Bill is something different to add, and ultimately round out an angler’s crankbait selection. Its weight and size are perfect for finesse cranking.

 

Feature /Design   Ratings (1.5 Finesse Square Bill)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 1, *N/A 16 18 9.5

 

 

Being a square bill style crankbait, there are a wide range of applications for this little gem. Scraping substrate such as rocks, sand or a combination of the two is a deadly presentation for triggering aggressive to neutral Bass. For example, crawling/bouncing the 1.5 Finesse Craw, along a rocky bottom for smallmouth can be the order of the day. Smallmouth will favor small crawfish as they are easy to digest and are an absolute delicacy for them. Also, so are small bluegill, herring, bream or shad (depending on your location). I fish these baits in areas that hold schools of bluegill and other sunfish along weedlines and in cover such as fallen timber. Again, the square bill and its floating properties allow the bait to bounce off of cover, free of snags thus triggering bites from ambushing Bass.

 

 

(1.5 Finesse Square Bill) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   10
Performance   10
Price   9
Features   9
Design (Ergonomics)   10
Application   9
Total Score 57
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

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Lead Writer/Editor Jamie Wilson

Lead Writer/Editor Jamie Wilson

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