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I know nothing-and I mean nothing- about swimbaits, so I figured why not turn to you guys for help! Please post any tips, articles, and past threads that would help a newbie out! Both hard and soft swimbait info would be appreciated!

 

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What do you consider swimbaits?  

Soft paddle tail baits (the big 5 in ones with the holographic prints, not the trailer style ones, hard glid baits, and the sebile magic swimmer, which really interest me)

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I don't fish the holographic print baits, mainly stick to the Hudds and Savage Gear line thru's with the few 6" Rago BVD's.    Glide baits, the S Weaver is probably the most inexpensive bait or Savage Gear's glide bait.  Hard Gills are hard to find but have no experience with them.  As far as fishing these "bigger" baits, one tip, get yourself a rod and reel dedicated to fishing the bigger baits and when you go take nothing else with you.  Fish only the swimbait.  You have to throw it to  be successful with it.  It can be frustrating at times, but it can also be really good.  Don't give yourself the option to stop fishing it when you start by bringing another set-up with you.  

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I personally like to throw swimbaits weedless it an 1/16 middle weighted hook and reel it as slow as I can between march and november the get bigger ones in the winter

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Thanks for the help guys! Really enjoyed the articles. Thanks!

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I used to throw a lot of the paddle tail baits, and caught some pretty good fish when they first became popular. Now if i throw the paddle tails its usually slow rolled near the bottom with a big jighead. I mostly throw them on 1/2 oz to 1 oz jig heads. If im fishing shallower i like the hudd 68 if theres shad present and mattlures ultimate or u2 gill if i see a lot of bluegill or im fishing a small body of water with no shad. If you fish any ponds or small lakes id definitely reccomend the mattlures baits, my 5 biggest largemouth ive caught came on those out of small ponds

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The hardest part about swimbaits is that there is a limited supply of good information. Most of the articles listed above are out of date and tend to be one dimensional. A 7' muskie rod with a high speed reel. really? No real mention of floaters or wakebaits. The most informative article was the first one written by Jay. Understand you are appealing to a hand full of people who are catching the biggest fish and asking them to give up what they have learned and worked so hard for. With that said there is more info now than several years back. The best advise I can give is to google these... The BBZ, Bill Seimantle, Southern Trout Eaters, Matt Peters, In pursuit of Giant Bass, Matt Allen and *.  Get copies of the books, DVD's and watch any videos that come up free.  I am sure I have probably missed something but this is enough to get you on the right track. Most people will never take the time to learn this stuff. The guys getting the big ones fish the same stuff as everyone else in many cases they just do it different.

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I've been using BBZ-1& BBZ-1Jr for seven years about. I always had great luck in early spring with them, I'm thinking on testing out some hudds this year.

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I've been using BBZ-1& BBZ-1Jr for seven years about. I always had great luck in early spring with them, I'm thinking on testing out some hudds this year.

 

 

I have tested Hudds they work.

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I have tested Hudds they work.

Kind of like needing to test a senko to see if they work isn't it? How many fish over 10 pounds should a bait have to catch to prove it works? :) 

 

I'm falling deeper and deeper into the swimbait world, unfortunate considering my geographical location. Still, I enjoy the challenge and so few people throw them around here that it's one of the only style of baits that the fish really haven't seen. I wasn't very confident at first, but then I had a really tremendous day fishing a Decoy Hydratail where I caught dozens of fish and seeing how a 12" fish could just choke a 5" swimbait helped my confidence in the baits a lot. I started watching videos trying to learn about them and ended up with the Southern Trout Eaters video. From watching that video I ended up with a 7" Slammer, a couple 6" Hudds, a 6" weedless hudd, half a dozen 68 hudds, and an 8" hudd. The Slammer has since become a confidence bait for me, the drawing power is incredible and it's such a visual bait to fish that it's really a blast. I've added several Savage Gear 3D line throughs in the 6" and 8" along with a glide swimmer, a couple Bull Shads, a Lunker Punker, a 9" Slammer, 168 S waver that has been a great bait for me in the cooler water, I have a Lucky Craft Real Gill that should be here any day now and I just took the plunge into the deeper end of the pool and ordered a Deps 175 Slide Swimmer. 

 

It isn't for everyone, but it is really addictive if you give it a real chance to work for you. It isn't something you can pick up and make a couple cast and expect to get bit every cast, but when a fish does blast a Slammer or swallow a Hudd it's a heck of a rush. I'm still pretty new at it and obviously the chance at a truly big fish just isn't there for me, but I fish the right water that if the state record were to be lurking around, I just might be the one to catch her. 

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I love fishing swimbaits.I use the KVD perfect plastic swin'n caffeine shad and the KVD shadalicious swimbaits. I kill them in or on top of grass. I got numerous spots that swimbaits are the only thing they will bite. I catch them on the ledges with swimbaits because everybody else is throwing crankbaits and jigs. I use mostly a slow to moderate retrieve, great versatile bait shallow or deep.

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Where did you ever find a 175? :P

Let's just say I know a guy  :eyebrows:

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Let's just say I know a guy  :eyebrows:

 

Send him my address PLEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSE ~

 

A-Jay

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Send him my address PLEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSE ~

A-Jay

Check TW at the right time and you can get one

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Check TW at the right time and you can get one

 

Send him my address PLEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSE ~

 

A-Jay

2 colors in stock now....

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Check TW at the right time and you can get one

 

 

2 colors in stock now....

 

Thanks Guys ~ 

 

 Those colors are a little zany and not for me.

 

But I'll keep an eye out

 

Thanks Again

 

A-Jay

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I started to go down the swimbait road but it got to rich for my blood.  I started with a dedicated rod and reel set up and the some of the soft plastic swimbaits.  I found the soft plastic baits to be kind of unproductive so I then went to a few Megabass swimbaits.  It was like night and day, I caught fish left and right with these baits.  But after losing a $60 bait, I started to think twice.  I thought about throwing some bigger baits but they started to get into the $100 range.  After that, I decided it was a lot of fun but to much for my wallet.

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I started to go down the swimbait road but it got to rich for my blood.  I started with a dedicated rod and reel set up and the some of the soft plastic swimbaits.  I found the soft plastic baits to be kind of unproductive so I then went to a few Megabass swimbaits.  It was like night and day, I caught fish left and right with these baits.  But after losing a $60 bait, I started to think twice.  I thought about throwing some bigger baits but they started to get into the $100 range.  After that, I decided it was a lot of fun but to much for my wallet.

Which Megabass? The iSlides?

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Keitech 4.8 fat sexy shad being my favorite and that's rare for sexy shad to be a favorite, use a 1/4 oz VMC screw lock hook reel just fast enough to see the wake up on the surface not the bait but the baits wake. Use around weeds and structure come back and thank me later caught 127 fish in 1 month doing this in the summer. If your waters clear reel fast enough so you can see the bait. It's pretty awesome sight fishing with them I pitched them into weeds and they get crushed on the fall.

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unfortunate considering my geographical location.

what are you talking about? You're in Kansas!!

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what are you talking about? You're in Kansas!!

Exactly, not a very ideal location to be into fishing big swimbaits.

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