Model: LV 500
Type: Sinking, Rattling
Weight: 3/4 oz (23g)
Length: 3" (75mm)
Factory Hooks: #4 Belly, #6 Tail VMC Black Nickel
Depth: Approx. 8 feet
The LV 500 is the number one choice of many anglers among all Lucky Craft's lipless baits.
The body size of the LV 500 matches that of most other 1/2 oz rattlebaits. However, the LV 500 is 3/4 oz so it casts longer distance and it descends much deeper than most others. This is the reason I rely on the LV 500 - it covers more distance much deeper than most any other rattlebait.
It isn't a good idea to let the LV 500 sink. When you cast, you must begin the retrieve immediately. If you wait to let the LV 500 settle deeper, it tends to tailspin and twirl around, snaring the fishing line in the hooks. So pay attention to how you use it. Don't give the LV 500 any time to fall on a loose line.
So, just burn it back! The LV 500 casts further and covers more water than other rattlebaits. On it's own, the LV 500 will seek a consistent running depth about 8 feet deep. You don't need to let it sink or count it down or anything. Just start winding it in, and next thing you know, it will seek its own running level around the 8 foot mark (or thereabouts depending on line type and line diameter).
It will seek a working level of 7 to 10 feet deep all by itself. This is below where most other rattlebaits will stay on a retrieve. Best of all, you can burn the LV 500, and it will still stay that deep.
A favorite LV 500 tactic for me is to burn deep points. In lakes with lots of points, this can become an LV 500 pattern many days, where a bass or two will belt the LV 500 (usually retrieved fast) on practically every point. Once you uncover a pattern and it seems repeatable on a few points, then you can run from point to point to point, and repeatedly present the LV 500 the same way each time - and pull a good bass or two off each point. In this way, the LV 500 functions as a highly productive pattern bait - not just for points, but for whatever other repeatable pattern you can produce with the LV 500. Keep in mind, it is a deep runner, but you cannot count it down or pause it without frequently snarling the line.
When bass want that deeper running depth (which is often the case on bluffs or deep points), the LV 500 is the best lipless crank in my bag! I'm not alone either. More and more anglers are using it all the time, making the LV 500 the most popular lipless in Lucky Craft's line-up.
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