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Best Swimbait Under 1oz.?

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What is in your opinion the best swimbait under 1oz.? I love those Savage Gear 3D line through baits but the smallest is 1.25oz. and my rod says it's good for lures up to 5/8oz. so those lures would be too heavy to function efficiently.

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Spro makes the bbz-1 baby shad swimbait and that weights a 1/4oz and is about 2 1/2 inches long 

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Under that weight you will more than likely be looking at soft plastic style swimbaits. BB kicker by big bite baits on a swim jig head, Gambler big ez on a weight jig head as well or a belly weighted swimbait hook.

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Keitech Swing Impact Fat

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At that rod rating I would say a soft plastic paddle tail like the kietech's are your best bet. If you are looking at throwing the larger big profile swimbaits you really need to get a rod to suit the job. You can try the 4" BBZ-1 by Spro, which I believe is like 3/4 which would be slightly above your rod rating by 1/8 ounce but you could probably get away with it. 

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13 minutes ago, MassYak85 said:

At that rod rating I would say a soft plastic paddle tail like the kietech's are your best bet. If you are looking at throwing the larger big profile swimbaits you really need to get a rod to suit the job. You can try the 4" BBZ-1 by Spro, which I believe is like 3/4 which would be slightly above your rod rating by 1/8 ounce but you could probably get away with it. 

You could definitely get away with it

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If the only rod you have is rated for 5/8oz. and you want to fish swimbaits, then you need to buy a whole other setup. 

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Huddleston deluxe weedless shad

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Keitech Swing Impact Fat or Kicker Fish Tail Slapper and 1/8 oz weighted hook/texas rig (.4 + .125 = .625 oz = 5/8)

 

^ I throw that on my rod rated up to 3/8 oz and have no issues. So it'll be perfect for your rod. 

 

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Can't go wrong with these for the price. H20 Xpress jointed sungill. About $5 at Academy.

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These H2O ones are very nice colors and seem to be pretty strong. My only complaint with them is the rear hook getting caught on top of the tail section. I was helped with a fix by a member here. Remove rear treble and upsize the front treble one size. I ordered these when they were $2.99 each a few days ago. 

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I've had same problem with back hook wrapping around and catching on some swimbaits and what I do that works is take a section of rubber band and weave it through everything, then pull slack enough so that it doesn't pull treble to one side or the other, then snip the ends off.

Use a rubber band thick enough to hold itself in place without having to tie it. The tension of the band will be enough to keep the treble from slinging around and catching. Here is a pic to better explain what I mean.

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That is new to me with the rubber band. I have seen where a single hook (not a treble) was re-placed on the rear that was just long enough that it wouldn't catch on the back of the bait.

I cant find the post and I am not positive of who said (I think it was Bluebasser86) to remove the back hook and up size the front and I haven't tried it yet but the claim was they were caught on the front hook almost always anyway. Don't quote me on that but that is the way I remember it.  

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1 minute ago, S. Sass said:

That is new to me with the rubber band. I have seen where a single hook (not a treble) was re-placed on the rear that was just long enough that it wouldn't catch on the back of the bait.

I cant find the post and I am not positive of who said to remove the back hook and up size the front and I haven't tried it yet but the claim was they were caught on the front hook almost always anyway. Don't quote me on that but that is the way I remember it.  

I think downsizing the rear hook would also work. Use one short enough that cant reach to the top of the tail and catch. I'd try downsizing the hook before I removed it, or if you remove it and just use the front make sure it still tracks like you want it to.

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1 hour ago, Bratcher said:

I think downsizing the rear hook would also work. Use one short enough that cant reach to the top of the tail and catch. I'd try downsizing the hook before I removed it, or if you remove it and just use the front make sure it still tracks like you want it to.

It works better to just remove it. It's a small bait to start with and just the location of the hook hangers is not the best. A size smaller than what is on the bait would be so tiny it would most likely not hold up (it's a #6 on the back so you'd be dropping to a #8). I did the same with the 4" hard shad style bait and can't think of any fish other than white bass that didn't get the hook still. They generally eat the bluegill bait head first, so the front hook is normally what you get them with anyways. 

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