Which Bluegill Swimbaits Catch More Bass? Amazing Underwater Fishing Footage!!

Which Bluegill Swimbaits Catch More Bass? Let's go underwater and find out! There are a ton of bluegill imitators on the market but some have terrible hookup ratios. Today we explore which baits get the most bites, which hook up the best, and when to throw them. Whether you're sight fishing for spawning bass or blind casting for aggressive post spawn bass that are eating bluegill, these baits will help you catch more fish.

Its no secret that bass love to eat bluegill. They're a consistent food source from coast to coast but imitating them can be very difficult. The key is to focus on baits that have smaller profiles and either have an exposed hook or are so soft that a hidden (weedless) hook can easily pop through. Over the years we've narrowed our selection from dozens of bluegill swimbaits to just a handful of bluegill imitators with great hookup ratios.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we use when bass are chasing bluegill. All of these baits can be used for bed fishing or open water casting alike. Don't get caught up with colors, instead focus on profile and action as you select the best baits for your lake.

Bluegill Swimbaits...

-Mattlures U2 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2s1dqyf

-Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2aAuAz5

-Mattlures Hammer Tail: http://bit.ly/2FsZhA3

-All American Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2ahBNOT

-Huddleston Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2FqvvQW

-Rago Bluegill Line Through: http://bit.ly/2JR2iS7

-Storm Wildeye Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2psTO6t

-Storm Wildeye Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2uBZ1Mf

Bluegill Imitators...

-Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig: http://bit.ly/2eJinXo

-Dirty Jigs California Swim Jig: http://bit.ly/2auXfmx

-Keitech 3.8 or 4.3 Fat Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(Male Perch or Green Pumpkin Fire)

-Basstrix Bait Fry: http://bit.ly/2prMB8n

-Basstrix Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2dPHA4e


-Stinger Treble Hooks- Owner ST-56 Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-Trokar 5/0 Swimbait Hook (for All American Sunfish): http://bit.ly/2iTeTSh

-Split Ring- Hyperwire Size 4: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Big Swimbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS

Reel- Tranx 300 HG: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 25 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget Small/Medium Swimbait Rod (jig rod)...

Rod- Shimano SLX 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Reel- SLX 150: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9


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Underwater Sight Fishing - Which Lures Work Best?

Ever wondered why one lure works better than another? Let's head underwater to see the differences between a variety of swimbaits. As we watch, Tim explains why each bait is effective and how to use it most effectively. 

We're sure you've noticed that many youtubers throw small swimbaits for their underwater footage. Wondered why? Its very easy to get a bass interested in a swimbait. Bass are hardwired to defend their nests against predators. 
Swimbaits are a perfect imitation of a variety of predators that bass face. However, a swimbait is rarely the best bait for CATCHING the bed fish. For this style of fishing they have an incredibly poor hookup to land ratio. You're much better off using a small swimbait as a tool to aggravate the fish, then using a traditional bait to get the final bite. 

The swimbaits... 
Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2aAuAz5
Storm WildEye Live Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2psTO6t
Little Creeper Baby Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2yDvkKG
Little Creeper All American Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2ahBNOT
*Paired with Trokar 5/0: http://bit.ly/2iTeTSh
Keitech Fat 2.8, 3.8,4.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
*Paired with...
2.8 and 3.8 exposed- Dirty Jigs Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS
4.8 exposed - Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Weedless Rigging for all sizes - Owner Flashy Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

Additional baits Matt uses for this Aggrevation method...
Castaic 4" and 6": http://bit.ly/2prXuGh
Mattlures U2 Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2s1dqyf
Basstrix 6" Paddletail: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR
Basstrix Bait Fry Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2dPHA4e

You do not need a dedicated swimbait rod for this technique because you're not actually trying to hook the fish on this setup. However, bait control is key so you do need a very stout "flipping" style rod to control the bait on short casts. Any flipping rod will work but here is our setup...

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'11" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- Tim- 20 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
            - Matt- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget Combo that can handle all of the baits listed above...
Rod- Exage 7'6" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2mGp1Vc
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 65 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Glasses are CRITICAL to sight fishing. We both wear the exact same glasses when sight fishing, they're the best lenses we've found at ANY price. It just happens that they're affordable. Check these out...

Eye Surrender ESE Glasses (Amber or Copper Lense): http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

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Huge SLAB Crappie On Every Cast!

If you love Crappie fishing, this is for you! Clearlake is known for GIANT SLABS and today they didn't disappoint! They bit everything we throw at them! We've included tips for crappie fishing as well as a handful of baits you need to try.

Crappie are incredibly picky eaters but once you've got them dialed in you can catch them for hours! We use small swimbaits, hair jigs, and perfectly balanced flies to elicit bites from stubborn panfish. 

The Gear...
Punisher Lures Fly: http://bit.ly/2aB1YlO
Cumberland Pro Lures Fly: http://bit.ly/2o9PE63
2" Keitech Easy Shiner: http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H
Finesse Underspin: http://bit.ly/2lVclXc

Tim's Thill Bobber: http://bit.ly/2E8tjsC
Matt's Thill Bobber: http://bit.ly/2EYoXWa
Bobber Stops: http://bit.ly/2CJz1F0

Tim's Combo...
Rod- Fury 6'6" Light: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF
Reel- Daiwa Fuego LT: http://bit.ly/2yDmdtQ
Line- Sunline FC Sniper 6 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Combo...
Rod- Zodias 6'8" Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Line- 10 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Do Bass Eat Bluegill Swimbaits? Underwater Video!

We cast a bluegill swimbait to an aggressive largemouth and watch him tear it apart! He wasn't afraid to eat the swimbait over and over! We hope you enjoy the underwater footage!

This underwater video is different from what we've done in the past. This is one of a series of underwater bass fishing videos we'll be rolling out in the coming weeks that don't have voice over or other audio. The purpose of these videos is simply to watch bass in their natural habitats and watch how they respond to swimbaits, jigs, worms, etc. 

Its amazing what you can learn by simply watching the fish's interactions with each other and with the lures. 

Great Swimbaits For This Technique...

Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2aAuAz5
Mattlures U2 Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2s1dqyf
Rago Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2qhAdt7

Proper Equipment For This Techinque...

High End Combo:

Rod- NRX 7'5" Heavy 894C JWR: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq
Reel- Metanium MGL: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuattro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Mid-Range Combo:

Rod- E6X 7'5" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bQNaBn
Reel- Chronarch MGL 150: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuattro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9 

Budget Combo:

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7'6" Med Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuattro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Camera Used- GoPro Hero5: http://bit.ly/2iwZqqU

Best Sunglasses for Seeing bass in the water: http://bit.ly/2glE3eN