Understanding Sink Rates

Why does everything have to be so complicated? If it gets any worse our fishing lures are going to need manuals to explain how to properly use them. One of the topics that confuses a lot of anglers is sink rates. In this instance, the sink rate of various swimbaits and how that effects their use.
Just a few short years ago swimbaits came in two forms, floating and sinking. As the market grew so did the demand for more options. Now you have fast sink, slow sink, suspending, and the most difficult to understand of all, ROF rated baits. ROF’s or “Rates of Fall” is a great system once you get the hang of how it works. Its not complicated, but a quick briefing will make your decision making quite a bit easier.
This video will shed some insights not only into what different sink rates are, but more importantly, how to apply them to different conditions. While many of you know exactly what sink rates you like and what you use them for, not everyone does.

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Swimbait Sink Rates Explained

Does anyone else remember when swimbait fishing was simple? Not only were you the only guy on the lake throwing a swimbait but you only had 3 or 4 legitimate options when it came to choosing a bait. Now there are so many brands and models that it can get really confusing knowing what bait you need. Let’s say you finally made the decision to buy an 8″ Huddleston Deluxe and you even chose the color. You would think all the decision making would be over but its not! Now you have to choose between 4 different sink rates, also known as “rates of fall” or “ROF”.
Multiple people have been asking about these different sink rates as well as about the rigging options for each model. I hope this video sheds a little more light on the subject. My personal rule of thumb is to fish the lightest model available that still has a molded in jig hook protruding from the back.