Evolve launches Soul5 hardbaits
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EVOLVE Fishing, the manufacturer of soft plastics like the VibraGRUB, DarkStar Swimmer and KOMPAK Craw, is now shipping hardbaits under its subsidiary Soul5 Tackle Labs.
Evolve promises the level of craftsmanship discerning bass anglers expect from Japanese domestic market bass baits ‘yet without the insane price tag’.
Three models have recently been launched – the Muscle Squared 65 squarebill crank, the Rovermax LR 110 top-water pencil-style bait and the Flat Sider 75 oyster-bill crank – with more baits in the pipeline.
“The Muscle Squared isn’t an average squarebill. It’s actually several shallow water baits in one. First, thanks to flattened sides and a comparably tall body profile, it fishes incredibly as a wake bait. But with a steady, moderate retrieve the bait will slow-roll with a wide wobble at two feet. It’s also ideal for ripping through cover in two to four feet of water,” says Soul 5.
The Rovermax LR (as in Low Rider) is designed to produce a smooth, tight walking action, even in rough water. Unlike many pencil-style baits, which require an aggressive posture and arm/wrist action, the Rovermax LR cuts through chop and slithers low in the water with a simple flick of the wrist. This fatigue-fighting feature comes from Soul5’s incorporation of a 3D cone under the bait’s chin and careful management of buoyant weight versus component weight. The bait features strategically placed rear knockers for unbeatable castability, and fish-catching sonics and also allows the bait to sit partially submerged at rest.
The Flat Slider 75 is a hybrid lipless, flat-sided squarebill and traditional shallow crank combined, drawing from the best fish-catching characteristics of each. It is perhaps the thinnest crankbait on the market and one of the most life-like bluegill and shad profiles available. Additionally, its oyster-style bill maintains the rolling, swimming action seen in a standard round bill, but flares out at a wide angle to capture some of the cover-deflecting qualities of a square bill.
Thus the bait can be fished aggressively around moderate cover without hanging up. Couple the bill with several strategically-fixed forward weights, and this short-billed bait can achieve depths of almost four feet. Flat Sider is an all-season bait that will excel in numerous key situations.
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