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A local pond I have been fishing here lately has a bunch of grass on one side of it the bass like to hang around. I can go out and catch 8-10 in an hour on a Senko pretty much every night. Just to mix things up I have been wondering if any kind of swim bait would work and what kind everyone recommends . I can see the bass bust out of the grass cover and attack bait fish and thought it would be fun to have the same kind of reaction using a swim bait. 

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I like a Little Creeper All-American Trash Fish Swimbait on a weighted hook for this type of stuff.

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Skinny Dipper, Big EZ or the new Rage Swimmer 

 

Mike 

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Alright, this is my first time ever considering a swim bait, what kind of hook is the best to use for a weedless set up?

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I use an Owner Beast, 6/0 or 8/0.  Gamakatsu also makes a 6/0 weighted hook that works well.  You don't need a really heavy one, just enough to get it to flutter on the fall.  What's cool about the trash fish is the body (where the hook goes) is a tougher plastic than the tail (the action part).  Get some Mend-It though.  It'll help your baits last longer, no matter what you choose.  I even glue broken Senkos together sometimes.

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It's hard to beat a hollow body weed less frog for night fishing grass mats.

Swimbait, 3:16 Mission Fish is an excellent weed less swimmer for working submerged grass.

Tom

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I have tried frogs in this area before with no luck at all. But I throw out a worm and they love it. 

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I'll tell you my favorite pond swimbait, a weedless Hudd shad, just one problem, very hard to get(he just put them up on his website, and they sold out in a day!), and on the expensive side. The alternative are some of the good suggestions above, and like J Francho says, pick up some Mend-It. 

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1 hour ago, fishballer06 said:

This is a no brainer. Keitech swing impact fat. 

X10.

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I would use a keitech and swim it along the weeds ripping it through, if the bass are aggressive you will get on a good moving bait bite. You can rig it with a jig head or weedless so you don't get hung up. Look at what the bass are feeding on and try to match the color and size when choosing you're swim bait. Good luck!

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Get a 3/0 or 4/0 Owner or Gamkatsu screw lock swimbait hook with the keel weight on it. 1/8oz is usually enough. These sizes are perfect sized for 3.3 up to 4.8" Keitechs. 

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Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper with a keep weighted swimbait hook a 4/0 in most brands will do the trick. 

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45 minutes ago, DesertBass said:

Roman made mother.

That'll work great in the weeds. :unsure:

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13 minutes ago, J Francho said:

That'll work great in the weeds. :unsure:

The only thing better is a tube sock covered in treble hooks.  

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1 hour ago, DesertBass said:

Roman made mother.

 

22 minutes ago, DesertBass said:

You gotta be sure to throw it on 4-6lb fluoro to.

Both a high-roller and a risk taker...I approve this recommendation.

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8 hours ago, swamp hawgs said:

i think a hinkle is a killer thick cover bait

Yup the hinkle shad doubles as a great frog!

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Gambler swimbaits all day long in weeds since they hold a hook in place and come in 3 sizes, priced well, and awesome color and are just flat out good.

Big Ez, EZ, Little EZ...In weeds, I would use any boot tail swimbait I can texas rig and get through, I usually don't worry about detail. Swim Senko's work OK as well....The Havoc Grass Pig is a good bait as well, they all look the same when chucking and winding through grass imo...

I save the Keitechs for clearer water, plus they are not as durable and are harder to keep weedless, the Kalins Sizmic Shad is a brute, has a ton of thump, durable, and great for a commotion....BPS Speed shads are good especially if you can go to store and feel them, the texture varies, soft is better imo, but there is no wrong answer. 

The Rage Menace makes one heck of a swimbait.

 

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