Finesse Swimbaits For Early Spring Bass

Swimbaits catch giant bass but that doesn't mean you always have to throw a BIG swimbait. Today's video is all about fishing small swimbaits at key times to catch quality bass. Knowing when to downsize can be the difference between an amazing day on the water and catching nothing at all.

Don't assume that small swimbaits mean you'll catch little fish. Even the little 2" offerings catch giant bass when bass are targeting small baitfish. The 2.8 keitech, Easy Shiner and Armor Shad are all great shad and minnow imitators. Pair them with a small head that has a finesse hook and you can drop down to light line, ultralight tackle, and get a ton of bites when other anglers are struggling.

Below is a breakdown of the gear Tim discussed in the video. We're also including some of our favorite colors. While your natural inclination is to throw the ghost and pearl colors don't be afraid to mix in the bright and bold options, you'd be amazed how often a giant bass will eat white or chartreuse simply because its different.

The Swimbaits...

-Keitech 2.8 Fat Impact:

-Damiki Armor Shad:

-Keitech 3" Easy Shiner:

-Strike King Rage Swimmer 2.75:

Natural Colors: Crystal Shad, Tennessee Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl

Bold Colors: Chartreuse/Blue, SunGill, Morning Dawn, Chartreuse Shad

The Heads...

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head with 1/0 hook:

-Revenge Darter Hedz:

-Cool Baits Underspin:

All-Around Finesse Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 7'1" Medium Spinning:

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500:

Line- 8 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon:

High-End Finesse Combo...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR:

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 8 lb Sunline Assassin:


3 Underspin Tricks You Haven't Tried!

Making the perfect underspin is easy! There are some awesome products on the market now that let you convert any hook, swimbait head, or jighead into an underspin. You can modify baits, change hooks, weights, blade sizes, and more, and it only takes a few seconds.

Bass love chasing baitfish in the Fall and the underspin is a great way to target those fish. Unfortunately no two lakes are the same so one day you might be fishing in 2 feet around grass and the next day find yourself in 25 feet on a flat. With these simple baits and hooks you can quickly adapt to changing conditions.

Below you'll find a breakdown of the the individual items and tackle Matt discussed in the video. Farther down you'll find his recommendations for making your own "UnderSpin Kit" to store in the boat so you can easily adapt to changing conditions when the need arises.

Our Preferred Underspins...

Blade Runner Underspin:

Owner Flashy Swimmer:

Hog Farmer Baits War Pig:

Cool Baits Underspin:

Underspin Parts...

Owner CPS Springs (Medium):

Khan Baits Easy Spin:

Pro Point Lures Underspin Blades:

Decoy Versatile Keeper:

Hook Selection...

Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

Owner 4/0 Beast Hook:

Owner Jungle Wide Gap Hook:

Gamakatsu 6/0 Superline EWG Hook:

The Baits...

Keitech 4.8" Fat Swing Impact:

Scottsboro Tackle Swimbait:

Matt's Kit Recommendations...

-Plano Pro Latch 3500 Box:

-1/8 oz Easy Spin (Silver)

-1/8 oz Easy Spin (Gold)

-3/8 oz Easy Spin (Silver)

-Weightless Easy Spin (Silver)

-Pro Point Lures Silver Blades

-Decoy Medium Versatile Keeper (Holds Blades in place)

-Owner Medium CPS Spring


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Bass Fishing With Finesse Swimbaits - Fall Transition

Small swimbaits are great for catching numbers of bass! In early Fall the big bass school up with smaller fish and the finesse swimbait is a great way to get big bites from giant bass that wouldn't normally eat such a small meal. If you've got baitfish in your lake, you're probably missing out on a fantastic finesse swimbait bite right now!

Unlike their larger cousins, finesse swimbaits can be fished on standard tackle. Depending on the size of the head you choose they can be fishing on anything from a light spinning rod to a heavy jig rod. The concept is the same as throwing big swimbaits but you're much more likely to get steady action throughout the day.

The key to small swimbaits is to match the size of baitfish in your lake. If you're seeing the bass chase tiny minnows, don't be afraid to drop down to a little 2.8 keitech. If big baitfish are present, upsize your offering to match. Below is a breakdown of some of our favorite heads for different size swimbaits.

Weedless Heads...

Owner Beast Hook 4/0:

Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0:


Blade Runner:

Cool Baits:

War Pig:

Swimbait Heads...

Matt Allen Head:

The swimbaits...

Keitech Fat Swing Impact (2.8, 3.8, 4.8):

Basstrix 6" Swimbait:

Strike King Rage Swimmer:

Reaction Innovations Little Dipper:

Finesse Swimbait Rod...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 843C MBR:

Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio:

Line- 30 lb MaxCuatro Braid:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7' Med Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX 7:1 Ratio:

Line- 15 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon:


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Top Spring Baits For Finesse Fishing

Spring is prime time to go fishing and these baits will help you catch more fish! Don't worry about trying a dozen different baits, focus on these key categories, especially when the conditions get tough! 

Many anglers think of Spring as the time get out and power fish. While this is a great plan, it doesn't always pan out. Its important to have a backup plan so you don't struggle when conditions change. If you're ready to adapt and drop down to finesse tackle, you'll become much more consistent through the Spring, Summer, and beyond. 

Bait #1- Roboworm 6" Fat Worm:
Bait #2- Strike King Half Shell:
Hook- Owner Mosquito Light Size 1:
Weight- Tungsten Tear Drop:

Ned Rig...
Worm- Z Man T.R.D.:
Head- LockZ HD Jig Head:

Worm- Yamamoto Senko:
Texas Hook- Gamakatsu EWG:
Wacky Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap:
Nail Weight- Swagger Tungsten Pagoda:
Texas Sizing... 3/0 for 5", 4/0 for 6", 5/0 for 7"
Wacky Sizing... 1/0 for 5", 2/0 for 6", 3/0 for 7"

Finesse Swimbait...
Bait #1- Keitech Fat 2.8":
Bait #2- Keitech Easy Shiner 4":
Head #1- Dirty Jigs Guppy Head:
Head #2 - Revenge Darter Hedz:

Bait- Dry Creek 3.5" Tournament Tube:
Head- Bite Me Flat Eye Head:

Tim's Favorite Picks for All-Around finesse Setups at every budget...

Ultra High End Combo...
Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902:
Reel- Daiwa Certate:

High-End Combo...
Rod- GLX Spinning 820s DSR:
Reel- Shimano CI4+ 1000:

Mid-Range Combo...
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" ML:
Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT 2500:

Budget Friendly Combo...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Light:
Reel- Daiwa Fuego 2500:

Line and Leader for all combos...
Line- 10 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:
Leader- 6-10 lb Sunline Sniper:

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