Swimbait Buyer's Guide: Glide Baits, Hardbaits, and Topwater

Today we're exploring big swimbaits! The buyer's guide series continues with an in-depth look at glide baits, multi-joint hardbaits, and even a few topwater options. You can go broke buying swimbaits and they're not all created equal so today we're sharing some of our favorite baits that consistently produce BIG bass!

If you're wondering which baits you should try or which baits to buy for a loved one, look no further. Today's focus is hard swimbaits but tomorrow we'll follow up with a BONUS video on soft swimbaits. From budget friendly to extreme, we're covering all the bases and making it as easy as possible for you.

Below you'll find a breakdown of the baits by category, recommended colors, as well as our rod and reel choices for various baits. If you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comment section and we'll help you make your selection.

Glide Baits...

-Gan Craft 230: http://bit.ly/2fLjSnm

(Dark Rainbow, Ghost Chart Shad, Se Ayu, Stocker Rainbow)

-S-Waver 168 and 200: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

(Lite Trout, Rainbow Trout, Warden Hitch, Bone)

-Baitsanity Explorer Glide: http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM

(Trout and Carp)

-Baitsanity Tails: http://bit.ly/2R0yP7x

(Holdover Trout Hard PVC, Dark Carp Hard PVC)

Topwater Baits...

-Spro BBZ 8" Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2cU1x5P

(Any color for topwater)

-Johnny Rat Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2q9CNA8

(Either color but overall we prefer the larger Johnny)

Multi-Joint Baits...

-Jackall DowzSwimmer 220: http://bit.ly/2OqDNMM

(RT Spawn Gill, RT Trout, Ghost Scale Minnow)

-Bucca's Bull Shad Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2eJ8gWM

(Prefer 5" and 6" Sizes)

-Bucca's Bull Gill: http://bit.ly/2f1ASHn

(Bluegill and Dirty Bone)

Big Glidebait Combo...

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

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

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Small Bait Rod...

Rod- IMX Pro 904 SWBR: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS

Reel- Metanium MGL HG 150: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

Line- 30 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 795 Fury: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Reel- Cardiff 300: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO

Line- 65 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

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

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Matt Broke His PB with a MONSTER!

GIANT BASS on BIG SWIMBAITS! Does it get any better??? Come along for a first person look as Matt and Shawn chase down GIANT Striped bass with glide baits!

Breaking a personal best is a rare opportunity, to do it back-to-back, incredible! Its hard to convey just how hard these fish hit, how much power they have, and how tenacious they are with their fight. If you've never had the opportunity to fish for giant striper you need to try it!

Thank you for coming along for this special moment! The two striper weighed 31.6 lbs and 38.0 lbs respectively and both fell for the same glide bait. The key to success with fish of this caliber is having quality equipment. If you come after them with standard bass tackle, sub-par knots, and stock hooks you're going to lose every time. If you take the time to upgrade hardware, tie clean connection knots, and replace worn line, you stand a great chance of being successful when the fish of a lifetime hits!

Matt's Gear...

Lure- Baitsanity Explorer Glide: http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM
Rod- G Loomis 966 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Tranx 300 HG: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire #7: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1
Treble Hooks- Owner STX-58 - 2/0: http://bit.ly/2fXGkLc

Camera- GoPro Hero 6: http://bit.ly/2HIutxo

Other top baits for BIG Striper...

S-Waver 200: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
California Swim Jig: http://bit.ly/2auXfmx
Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper: http://bit.ly/2x4kMnG
River2Sea Rover: http://bit.ly/2acSVea
Keitech 6.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
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Windy Day Swimbait Fishing From Shore!

Come along with Matt throwing big swimbaits for giant smallmouth! Matt breaks down the water, explains his decisions, and gives some great tips for controlling your baits and line in the wind. 

Big smallmouth are the best! Catching them from the bank is even better! Go figure the best bite of the day came while he was on the phone. The key to getting bit in this video was location. Matt selected a bank that was wind blown, had a corner where baitfish could be trapped, and offshore cover to allow the bass to ambush their prey more easily. 

Below is a breakdown of the gear Matt was using in the video...

S-Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Owner ST-56 Treble Hook size 2: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
Owner Hyperwire Size 4 Split Rings: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Shimano Curado 70 7:1 RATIO: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt
LINE- 65 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen Mono: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Camera Setup...
GoPro Hero 6: http://bit.ly/2HIutxo
Chesty Mount: http://bit.ly/2agrEXH

If you enjoyed this shore fishing video let us know! We want to create content that you guys enjoy so tell us what you want to see in the future. 
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Explorer Glide Bait by Baitsanity - Swimbait Review

If you're a swimbait fisherman this video is for you! Its not very often we pick up a bait and start catching big bass right away. The Explorer Glide is one of those baits we "connected" with and we felt compelled to do this review and share our experiences with you.

 Matt caught a 31 lb Striped Bass on his 3rd cast with this swimbait and that was only the beginning! Its a true swimbait at 9.5" in length and 5 ounces in total weight. It is offered in two colors (Trout and Carp) and we've been told there will be a variety of tail options available in the future.

You'll need a dedicated rod designed for this style of fishing to throw the bait effectively but if you're into throwing big baits, this is a bait you need to check out! 

Baitsanity Explorer Glide bait: http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM
Direct Hook Replacement- Owner ST-36 Hooks: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw
(1/0 replaces stock hook, 2/0 will also work for increased hookup)
Upgraded Hook Replacement- Owner ST-56 Hooks: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
Upgraded Split Rings- Hyperwire Silver Size 5: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1

Matt's Favorite Setup for this bait...
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 AHG (Power Handle): http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Other rods we've used that will work for this application (from least to most expensive)...

Dobyns Fury 806H: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Okuma Guide Silent 7'11" XH: http://bit.ly/2o8bAfc
Dobyns Champion 867: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX
Megabass Destroyer Onager: http://bit.ly/2wVOSbY

Other Glide Baits we have confidence in (from least to most expensive)...

S-Waver 200: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Smith Baits Hitch X: http://bit.ly/2GlscHd
Gan Craft 230: http://bit.ly/2fLjSnm
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