See the BKD's hanging off those rods? They've probably accounted for more striped bass caught on my boat than any other single lure.
Bass Kandy Delight: Don't Forget About this Lure
I just realized I've never written about or reviewed Bass Kandy Delight plastic fishing lures (called BKD's) on FishingGearGuru.com, and that strikes me as just plain weird. Fact of the matter is, these lures have been around for so long and I've depended on them for so much, I have to admit I seem to have taken them for granted. It's been all too easy to forget about them. No more - today, let's put BKD's under a microscope.
BKDs look pretty darn unexciting. They have a long, straight body (in 6" and 9" versions) which doesn't look particularly exciting. The tail isn't split or curled, they aren't scented, and they certainly don't have any rattles or make any noticable vibrations. Yet these plain-Jane lures regularly catch a ton ofstriped bass, whenever you're in a light tackle casting situation.
Silk chartreuse is my personal favorite color, but they're available in a wide range of colors and shades, both glittery and plain. The weird thing is, as simple as they look, they sometimes out-catch even my all-time favorite plastic (the 5" GULP chartruese Jerk Shad). When you watch BKD's running through the water during a retrieve, you can get a glimpse of why: those tails, uneventful as they may look, actually snake their way through the sea with an attractive wiggle.
When the fish are finicky, I want the added attraction of a scented lure. It may not generate any more strikes, but at least in the case of the GULP, it sure as heck gets the fish to hold onto the lure longer. So, why bother carrying the BKD's? Simple: GULPs cost over a dollar each, and BKD charges $30 for 100 lures. Ummm... that's quite a difference, especially when those pesky bluefish are eating the tails off your fishing lures on every other cast. Speaking of which: yes, blues do chomp right through these lures, too. But at this cost, it's not quite so bothersome. When catching striped bass, meanwhile, you can pull in a dozen fish on one BKD before it gets shredded. Plus, they're incredibly easy to rig, yet they don't pull right off the head, like some plastic fishing lures.
So BKD's aren't the most exciting plastics in the world. They aren't the brightest, newest, nor (IMHO) even the very best at generating the strikes. But they are dang close - call it a 9 out of 10. And they're priced more like a 2 or a 3. For many general fishing purposes, that makes them the most important lure to have on board. In fact, I never leave the dock without at least 50, and more likely 100 or so, in chartreuse (best for all-around use), white (for overcast mornings), and purple (for muddy water). And I just can't believe I hadn't reviewed them yet!
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