|Sneek Peek – New coming out at ICAST! Enter the Ever Green XV-5 crossover, a shad-bait unlike anything on the market. A brand-new take on the shad-profile crankbait design—like a lot of Ever Green’s other cutting-edge baits—the XV-5 finds its origin on pressured, Japanese waters where anglers are constantly having to find the next big thing. |
So, Ever Green is proud to introduce a radical new take in shad-profile crankbait design at ICAST 2022. The lure is sure to please the most discerning anglers looking for that perfect cross between crankbait and jerkbait to ply shad-infested waters.
Again, designed in Japan to service bass anglers used to difficult, discerning bass on waters like famed Lake Biwa, the XV-5 was painstakingly designed and tested to catch fish when other methods fail—even $30 artisan-painted jerkbaits, which Japan is also known for. The bait does not feature a knocker or internal rattle—also a plus for targeting clear, water pressured fish. The tight wobbled produces all the vibration and sound necessary to draw the lateral line detection of bass, stripers, wipers, white bass, walleyes, and trout.
Daiwa/Ever Green Senior Marketing Manager, Marc Mills, comments, “Ever since Ever Green started designing and building baits our first concern has been to create lures which look and act realistically. Now, in addition to that challenge, we’ve also explored more effective combination of colors and actions that provoke predatory fish.”
In terms of body design, the shape of the XV-5’s body looks just like a shad with a tapered tail, V-shaped concave belly design, and slightly fatter midsection.
Speaking of colors—although Ever Green is considering a color expansion after the initial bait launch—the XV-5 is available in six predator-provoking hues—in spot-on forage-mimicking patterns including Cold Shad, the slightly-transparent Ghost Threadfin Shad, Flash Hasu, Secret Ghost Chart, and Bluegill Chart Belly.
You’ll immediately appreciate its picture-perfect-profile, a dead ringer for the real thing. Equally impressive is the XV-5’s signature tight wiggle. There are numbers of other realistic-looking shad-profile baits on the market, but none tuned this perfectly and capable of summoning so many bites.