Soft Swimbait Buyer's Guide: Styles, Colors, and Rigging Tips

Giant swimbaits work everywhere! If you haven't tried them yet, the time has come. They can be pricey and they're not all created equal. How do you know which baits to invest your time and money into? Today we're teaching everything you need to know about soft swimbaits.

We're covering wedge tails, boot tails, paddle tails, as well as rigging and color selection. If you've ever wanted to try big swimbaits this is for you. Don't waste a fortune trying dozens of baits, wondering if you're doing it right. Stick with these proven options and you'll start catching in no time.

The actual act of swimbait fishing is very simple. It is almost always a cast and slow, steady retrieve. Season to season the speed may change (some times you're reeling like a spinnerbait, other times its as slow as you can stand to turn the handle) but the cadence never does. There is no need to add action, stop and go, pop the rod, etc... just a slow and steady retrieve.

Below is a complete list of the soft baits and equipment we have confidence in including color recommendations for each.

The Baits...

-Huddleston 8" Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2azFTon

(We Recommend ROF 12 in Hitch or Holdover Trout)

-Huddleston 68 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2dj5apG

(We recommend both ROF 5 and 12 in Black Gizzard Shad and Rainbow Trout)

-6" and 7" Osprey Tournament Talon: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

(Chartreuse Shad, Reverse Hitch, T.S. Bluegill)

-Scottsboro Tackle Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2NpyLjU

(6" and 7" in Mullins Madness, Natural Light, and Ol Smokey. Recommended Rigging: 8/0 Owner Beast Hook listed below)

-Keitech 6.8 and 7.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(Recommend Tennessee Shad, Electric Shad, Ghost Rainbow. Recommended Rigging: Matt Allen Swimbait 3/4 oz or 10/0 Owner Beast Hook, both listed below)

-6" Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2xRdCFP

(LC Blue, Tucked Out Chartreuse Shad, Tucked Out Ghost LC Hitch. Recommended Rigging: 6/0 Beast Hook listed below.)

-8" Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2hmXtg1

(Ghosted Chartreuse Shad, LC Hitch, Just Shad. Recommended Rigging 6/0 Blade Runner Head or 8/0 Owner Beast hook, both listed below.)

Megabass Dark Sleeper: http://bit.ly/2TyR1GT

(1/2 or 3/4 oz in Donko, Haze, Wakasagi)

Big Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Champion 807 Mag Heavy: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX

Reel- Shimano Calcutta 400B: http://bit.ly/2b6NX0d

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

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

Beast Hook Rigged baits...

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

Budget Swimbait 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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Swimbait Box Tour | Which Swimbaits Really Catch Fish?

Want to see inside our SWIMBAIT boxes? Wondering what baits we're really throwing? Take a tour of Matt's soft swimbaits and even a few glide baits in this tour. If you enjoy this video we'll do another soon!

The trouble with the internet is everyone has an opinion. Some anglers are highly educated, others just talk a good game. From behind a screen its very difficult to tell who is who, leading to a great deal of confusion. In this video we show the baits that have been devoured by bass over the years so you know you're getting real information that you can trust as you begin building confidence in swimbaits. 

What are your favorite swimbaits? This is just the tip of the iceberg so let us know if you enjoyed this video and we'll take a look inside more of the swimbait, glidebait, and wakebait boxes in the future. 

The Baits...

JSJ 6" Hitch: http://bit.ly/2amLhMc

Huddleston 6": http://bit.ly/2xKklSh
Huddleston 68 Special: http://bit.ly/2dj5apG
Huddleston 8": http://bit.ly/2azFTon
Huddleston 10": http://bit.ly/2nztmdj

8" Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2hmXtg1
6" Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2ixaEw2

6.8" and 7.8" Keitech Fat: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Rago BV3D Top Hook: http://bit.ly/2funZ8O
Rago BV3D Line Through: http://bit.ly/2dqhXbx

Imakatsu Stealth Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2xGR2hG

Smash Tech HeadHunter: http://bit.ly/2pc3ROF

Megabass 10" Magdraft: http://bit.ly/2mc8bfK

Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2aAuAz5
Mattlures 6" Tournament Series Swimbaits: http://bit.ly/2de1x2n

Osprey Tournament Talon: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

7" Basstrix Paddletail: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR

Bull Shad Hardbait: http://bit.ly/2eJ8gWM
Bull 4x4 Wakebait: http://bit.ly/2yceVRt

Gan Craft Jointed Claw 178: http://bit.ly/2d5l48K

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

Smith Baits Swim and Jig: http://bit.ly/2bfxaKV

Swimbait Hooks...
Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Owner Beast Hook: http://bit.ly/2ancP66
Owner ST-56 Trebles: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Chartreuse Dip'n Dye: http://bit.ly/2lJQAI4

Swimbait Storage Options...
Bass Mafia Deep Box: http://bit.ly/2gGGxpa
Plano Deep Box: http://bit.ly/2xjccls
Eye Surrender Bait Wrap: http://bit.ly/2idps7n

Videos...
Everything You Need To Know About Swimbaits: https://youtu.be/e0oXnvSosHE
How To Locate The Biggest Bass In The Lake: https://youtu.be/oLYxPdz7HLE
How To Rig Swimbaits: https://youtu.be/91EnJ0dGRXg
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Which Swimbait Should You Try First?

With all the swimbaits on the market, you have to wonder which swimbaits work the best? Which swimbaits should you buy and which should you ignore? With Winter coming to an end, Matt and Tim give 5 recommendations for swimbaits that you should start fishing right away to begin catching active prespawn bass.

With Winter coming to an end, Matt and Tim give 5 recommendations for swimbaits that you should start fishing right away to begin catching active prespawn bass. Spring bass fishing is prime time to catch GIANT largemouth bass so don't miss your chance! Put down the finesse rods, pick up the swimbait rod and starting throwing one of these big baits with confidence. 

Baits discussed in this video...

-River2Sea S-Waver 168 (Try Lite Trout or Warden): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
-Osprey Tournament Talon 6" Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0
-Basstrix 6" and 7" Paddetail Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR
-California Swim Jig (Try Crappie or Bluegill): http://bit.ly/2auXfmx
-Keitech Fat Swimbait 4.8" and 5.8": http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Best Price Point Rod for these medium swimbaits...
Rod- 795: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Curado: http://bit.ly/2bqtNx8
Line- Sufix 832 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 25 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Video on How To Fish The S Waver

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