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So I recently started throwing paddle tail swim baits. I really like the Kietch Swing Impact fat. It looks amazing going through the water. Ive been using a Trokar 3/0, 1/8 ounce swim bait hook. My question is how should I retrieve this bait. Ive tried a slow steady retrieve, a reel and let it sink retrieve and no luck. I saw some good size Bass follow it but no bites. Any suggestions ?

 

 

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I like a slow roll. Just enough to make the tail work along with some bumps of the rod tip. If a bass is following I would burn it or kill it and let it fall or both. Also might be color that's putting the bass off.

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I'm with you OP, I have a few packs of Swing Impacts and they're BEAUTIFUL through the water. 

I'm still learning how to throw them and what technique works best. Perhaps you could burn it back to the boat/shore a couple times?

Also, twitch your rod a few times while reeling slowly. That could give it that jerky motion and could attract some bass! 

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I fish them just like the classic spinnerbait retrieves.

They're a retrieve where you burn it steadily just under the surface, with a twitch here and there; a stop-and-go retrieve with lots of pauses, snaps, and pumps; and a slow roll where you slowly and steadily bump it along the bottom or the weed-tops with occasional twitches or pauses to trigger strikes.

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I usually just use a steady retrieve, and give it a little pop every once in a while to keep it erratic. Something else I'll do is when I'm running it past a piece of cover I'll kill it right next to it. That can be absolutely deadly some days. It sounds like you're on the right track though. Keep doing what you're doing and you'll catch'em!

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8 hours ago, BassThumb said:

I fish them just like the classic spinnerbait retrieves.

They're a retrieve where you burn it steadily just under the surface, with a twitch here and there; a stop-and-go retrieve with lots of pauses, snaps, and pumps; and a slow roll where you slowly and steadily bump it along the bottom or the weed-tops with occasional twitches or pauses to trigger strikes.

Ditto 

 

 

Mike 

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8 hours ago, BassThumb said:

I fish them just like the classic spinnerbait retrieves.

They're a retrieve where you burn it steadily just under the surface, with a twitch here and there; a stop-and-go retrieve with lots of pauses, snaps, and pumps; and a slow roll where you slowly and steadily bump it along the bottom or the weed-tops with occasional twitches or pauses to trigger strikes.

This^^^

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BassThumb summed up the way I fish them.  One other thing... keep a small baggie handy to keep your damaged Swing Impact baits so you can fix them with Mend-It when you get home!

I got out for a bit of fishing yesterday.  When I tied on a Swing impact, I got a bass on the first cast.  Later in the day, after having switched to other presentations, I tied one on again.  Same deal: fish on the first cast.  :-)

Tight lines,

Bob

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I echo all the above. I've also let it rest on bottom, then sweep / pump it straight up. If a fish is checking it out on bottom at rest, at times they'll nail it when I do a hard pump making it take off and up quickly. Plus the tail flutters as it drops, and sometimes they will hit it then. Vary your retrieve throughout the retrieve. Speed it up, slow it down, kill it, etc. 

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I agree with the above...I have been reeling them steady at times when fishing is slow when I look down and see a Bass trailing it....I have noticed that when I play around with speed, like killing it every so often or letting it drop a foot in the water column, add extra weight and speed it up to get more kick or vise versa...

I agree, often they want it slow rolled and killed, hopped, but You really can't fish them wrong..I like to wake them near the surface on a weighted swimbait hook and I swim them pretty fast, if I see a wake burst out from somewhere, I kill it and then speed it up making it look like it is wounded and making one last burst....Sometimes it works, sometimes they want it really slow...Sometimes the little things matter, but I always like to add a "hitch" at least once or 2x during a retrieve to make it look like it is dis oriented.

Think of a swimbait like a Square bill crankbait or a swim Jig...Most good strikes seem to come when ripping it out of weeds or after it deflects etc...Usually in the Summer I prefer slow since big bass usually will not chase a bait that is moving fast unless it comes right in front of them....

Heavier Jig Head or weight = more thump...Lighter weight to me = more finesse....Weight is not only for depth....Hope that helps.

 

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Depth, speed and casting angle are critical. Bass pin and ambush prey so use the current, cover and structure to your advantage. 

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In local rivers I keep a steady retrieve cause most rivers in my area have low visibility and the bass need to feel it moving thru the water to hone in on it. In local lakes I tend to move it slower and use a stop and go retrieve. I also change the angle of my rod at least once a cast. That makes the bait change course. I've found that a straight line retrieve isn't as effective as a retrieve that changes angle. Also changing angle on a retrieve changes the speed temporarily much like a stop and go retrieve.

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