The bill of the Battle 1.5 is a little thicker than a lot of my other squarebills, which has really helped the durability of this bait. In addition to the thickness, the bill does an excellent job of protecting you from annoying hang-ups and snags. Now, this doesn’t mean you can reel as hard as you can and expect it to come through a heavy laydown, but with a short pause upon contact with cover, this crankbait will easily crawl over most obstacles in its way.
As it deflects off of cover, it will actually kick to the side an inch or two, which gives off a great flash of color. A lot of my bites have come after popping it off of a branch, which tells me it’s doing a great job of enticing those reaction strikes, even when the bass aren’t feeding heavily.