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:

(We Recommend ROF 12 in Hitch or Holdover Trout)

-Huddleston 68 Swimbait:

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

-6" and 7" Osprey Tournament Talon:

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

-Scottsboro Tackle Swimbait:

(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:

(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:

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

-8" Trash Fish:

(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:

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

Big Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Champion 807 Mag Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Calcutta 400B:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Beast Hook Rigged baits...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 AHG:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 795 Fury:

Reel- Cardiff 300:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 25 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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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:

Huddleston 6":
Huddleston 68 Special:
Huddleston 8":
Huddleston 10":

8" Trash Fish:
6" Trash Fish:

6.8" and 7.8" Keitech Fat:

Rago BV3D Top Hook:
Rago BV3D Line Through:

Imakatsu Stealth Swimmer:

Smash Tech HeadHunter:

Megabass 10" Magdraft:

Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill:
Mattlures 6" Tournament Series Swimbaits:

Osprey Tournament Talon:

7" Basstrix Paddletail:

Bull Shad Hardbait:
Bull 4x4 Wakebait:

Gan Craft Jointed Claw 178:

S-Waver 168 and 200: 

Smith Baits Swim and Jig:

Swimbait Hooks...
Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Owner Beast Hook:
Owner ST-56 Trebles:

Chartreuse Dip'n Dye:

Swimbait Storage Options...
Bass Mafia Deep Box:
Plano Deep Box:
Eye Surrender Bait Wrap:

Everything You Need To Know About Swimbaits:
How To Locate The Biggest Bass In The Lake:
How To Rig Swimbaits:

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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):
-Osprey Tournament Talon 6" Swimbait:
-Basstrix 6" and 7" Paddetail Swimbait:
-California Swim Jig (Try Crappie or Bluegill):
-Keitech Fat Swimbait 4.8" and 5.8":

Best Price Point Rod for these medium swimbaits...
Rod- 795:
Reel- Curado:
Line- Sufix 832 65 lb:
Leader- 25 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Video on How To Fish The S Waver


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