Swimbait fishing is easy! As soon as you know the subtle tricks you'll start catching fish consistently. Have you tried swimbaits on your home lake without success? Are you the guy thats wondering if your lake even has a swimbait bite? We're here to tell you that EVERY lake has a swimbait bite, it doesn't matter where you fish or how small the "average" fish in the lake tends to be, bass love eating other fish. The issue isn't the bass, the issue is a combination of (lack of) confidence and the wrong (swimbait) tool for the job. Today, Tim is sharing all his confidence baits. He's covering everything from giant glidebaits all the way down to finesse paddle tails. Tim's goal is to explain how to consistently catch bass using a variety of swimbaits throughout the Fall.
Swimbait fishing is all about details. Knowing which baitfish your bass are targeting, what times they prefer to feed, and where their ambush points are, may seem overwhelming at first but don't be intimidated. You'll be amazed that when you start paying attention to the subtle nuances these questions and more will answer themselves during the course of your fishing. As your knowledge increases, you naturally gain confidence and your success will sky rocket.
Preparation is also key when swimbait fishing. Understanding the fish is half the battle but preparing your equipment is equally important. Many anglers go through the time and expense to hook a giant swimbait fish but fail to land it because their gear isn't up to the task. Large swimbaits require more specialized equipment than any other lure in bass fishing.
Below is a breakdown of Tim's favorite baits by style. We've also included a full breakdown of the rods, reels, and equipment he trusts to land those giant bass once they strike.
-Basstrix 6" Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR
-Megabass Spark Shad: http://bit.ly/2XcLZk4
-Keitech 2.8-4.8 Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
-Rage Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2evZF8j
Small Bait Rigging...
Swimbait Head- Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Finesse Head- Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS
Bladed Head- Okashira Screw Head: http://bit.ly/2EpluSA
Underspin- (Weedless)- Owner Flashy Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7
Underspin- Blade Runner 1/2 oz Flash Trix (Anchovy): http://bit.ly/2oocg0a
Line Through- Red One Systems Kit: http://bit.ly/2m2rcmx
Boot Tail Baits...
-Osprey Winged Talon: http://bit.ly/2IBlDTG
(Chartreuse Shad, TW Shad)
-Osprey Tournament Talon 6": http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0
(Chartreuse Shad, Reverse Hitch, TW Shad)
-All American Trash fish 6": http://bit.ly/2xRdCFP
(Hologram Shad, Just Shad, Hitch)
-All American Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2ahBNOT
(Crappie, Female Gill, Pearl White)
-All American Trash Fish 8": http://bit.ly/2hmXtg1
(Chartreuse Shad, Just Shad, KC Ghost)
-Twerk minnow: http://bit.ly/2lEZufe
(Hitch, Gizzard, Reverse Hitch)
Paddletail Swimbait Hooks...
-5/0 Trokar for Trash Gill: http://bit.ly/2iTeTSh
-6/0 Beast for Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2ancP66
-10/0 Beast for Trash Fish/Twerk: http://bit.ly/2ancP66
8" Huddleston ROF 12: http://bit.ly/2azFTon
8" Huddleston ROF 5: http://bit.ly/2UVHiuQ
ABT WagTail 9": http://bit.ly/2lBiT0G
-Baitsanity Antidote Glide: http://bit.ly/2ztUk9z
- River2Sea S-Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
(Light Trout, party crasher)
-Gan Craft Jointed Claw 178: http://bit.ly/2d5l48K
(Hitch, Rainbow, Wakasagi)
-Ima Glide Fluke 178: http://bit.ly/2xrMwo4
(Natural, Gizzard, Bone)
Multi-Joint Hard Swimbaits...
-BBZ Slow Sink 8": http://bit.ly/2cU1x5P
-Bull Shad 7" Slow Sink Gizzard: http://bit.ly/2eJ8gWM
Favorite Swimbait Combo...
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 35 lb Sunline FC100: http://bit.ly/2O4UElB
Rod- Dobyns Fury 806 (8' Heavy): http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300A: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO
Line- 25 lb Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm