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For those of you who enjoy fishing big swimbaits, what are your top 5 favorite big swimbaits and why are they your favorite? 

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I only have 1, that's the Bull Shad by Mike Bucca, some people don't like the finish (it is not as shiny and smooth as some) but of the fish I have caught every one has been a good fish which where I fish is over 5 lbs. I have seen 10+ pounder come completely out of the water chasing this thing. Fish seem to attack it harder than any other bait I use. I have found the more wind the better, again I fish in a local county Reservoir just south of Atl.

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In no particular order, Hudd 68, Bull shad/gill, Mattlures Hardgill, Slammer, Deps Swimmer, s-waver...... That is 6, but you get the point!

Covers you from top to bottom and nothing there is over 4 oz, so you dont have to have a xxxxxxxxxh stick to throw them.  Just a dedicated swimbait setup.

Jeff

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Hard swimbaits; Black Dog wooden Tailwagger, slow sink wooden Shellcracker, 22nd Century 9" triple trout, Deps 250.

Soft swimbaits, Hudd 8" & 68.

I know that's 6, too many more to choose from, those all work good. Since you can't get the Black Dogs anymore subtract 2 and add BBZ original rat for 5.

Tom

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what is big to me may not be big to other people. but here's my list

1. Skinner Bear 5 inch

2. S Waver 168S

3. hudd 68

4. biggest shadalicious

5. gambler big ez

 

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Mattlures Hardgill Floater

MS Mini Slammer

Hudd 68 ROF 12

OG HPH

Black Dog Shell Cracker G2

Mostly because they are well made, and big, but not too big.

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In no particular order:

MS Slammer

Hudd 68 Weedless

Matt's Hardgill

Smash-Tech Convict (actually my #1)

Bull Shad

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No particular order; 9" ABT Suicide Glide, Hudd Weedless 68, Jackall Gantarel, SPRO BBZ-1 8" slow sink, MS Slammer. 

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MS Slammer

Deps Slide Swimmer 175

Bull Shad

Savage Gear Shine Glide 180

Optimum Line Thru

The Jackall Gantia is quickly climbing the list after the last couple trips. 

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F-18 Rapala

7" & 5" Red Fin and Jointed Red Fin

Strike King Wake Shad not sure the size but it is big.

BBZ 4" shad- Mostly for Eye candy in my box, I never use it anymore since I like soft swimbaits 100x better.

Storm PVC swimbaits with paddle tail and interchangeable hooks

Gambler Big EZ, 6" Yum Money Minnow hooked in the nose, and The Red Fin Smokey JOe.

Bomber Herky Jerky, R2Sea S-Waver but for Striped bass & Tarpon mostly.

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9 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

MS Slammer

Deps Slide Swimmer 175

Bull Shad

Savage Gear Shine Glide 180

Optimum Line Thru

The Jackall Gantia is quickly climbing the list after the last couple trips. 

What do you like about the gantia?

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Jackall Gantarel

MS slammer

ML wake

Matts hardbaits

Imakatsu gillroid

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8 hours ago, deaknh03 said:

What do you like about the gantia?

It has a very lively swim, it nearly suspends and continues to move slowly on the pause that looks like a quivering bait fish dying. It cast well and fishes very easily. 

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S- waver this morning!

Jeff

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MattLures Deadstick Trout

3:16 Armageddon

Nates Baits El Grande & 10'' Trout

Huddleston Deluxe 8'' & 10''

Baitsmith Magnum

 

 

 

 

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#1 Triple Trout 10" Floater.....warmer months and when fish are looking to chase

#2 Hudd Deluxe 8" ROF 5 & 12......cooler months or when a slower presentation is needed.  

#3 Savage Gear 8" Line Thru Floater weighted to suspend or slowly rise....has a different action then the Hudd and is more weedless then a Triple Trout.

#4 Matt Lures 10" Dead Twitch.......good do nothing dead stick big bait or slow twitch bait.

#5 5" custom rat my buddy makes but the original Spro Rat will work as a stand in......Good slow topwater presentation and night time bait.

 

Could include a S-Weaver 168, Hudd 6" and 68 in the ROF 12, but don't really consider those as big swimbaits.

 

 

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On 9/30/2016 at 11:54 PM, Bluebasser86 said:

MS Slammer

Deps Slide Swimmer 175

Bull Shad

Savage Gear Shine Glide 180

Optimum Line Thru

The Jackall Gantia is quickly climbing the list after the last couple trips. 

Which Bull Shad do you recommend? The buzz is all over but I don't know anyone out here that throws them. 

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7 hours ago, Mosster47 said:

Which Bull Shad do you recommend? The buzz is all over but I don't know anyone out here that throws them. 

Personally, I throw the 5" and the 6". Great baits and bulletproof. I also prefer the slow sinkers.

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50 minutes ago, deaknh03 said:

Personally, I throw the 5" and the 6". Great baits and bulletproof. I also prefer the slow sinkers.

X2. Also check out the bullgill if your bass eat largish bluegill. Have caught some nice bass on it already as well

Jeff

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1 hour ago, deaknh03 said:

Personally, I throw the 5" and the 6". Great baits and bulletproof. I also prefer the slow sinkers.

 

40 minutes ago, 00 mod said:

X2. Also check out the bullgill if your bass eat largish bluegill. Have caught some nice bass on it already as well

Jeff

Thanks guys. We do have a pretty solid population of bluegill and pumpkin seed here. I started throwing the big and little Gantarel during the post spawn a couple years ago and it is awesome. I'll have to pick up a bull gill too. 

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5 is tough man as many have put good fish in the boat for me.

I'm not big on rules so I'll just list some:

Hardgill, 250, 8" Hudd, rat (take your pick), Pat's Perch, Toxic Baits wake and crank & Wade Hoggs, OG HPH

All have their time and place.

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1 hour ago, SPEEDBEAD. said:

5 is tough man as many have put good fish in the boat for me.

I'm not big on rules so I'll just list some:

Hardgill, 250, 8" Hudd, rat (take your pick), Pat's Perch, Toxic Baits wake and crank & Wade Hoggs, OG HPH

All have their time and place.

About time you showed up.  Pat's Perch....hahaha.  OG HPH.....hahahaha.  Let me borrow ours, so I can add them to my list!

Jeff

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5 minutes ago, 00 mod said:

OG HPH

You can have mine when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!

Mine have a sweet sexy shad custom paint job.

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14 minutes ago, J Francho said:

You can have mine when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!

Mine have a sweet sexy shad custom paint job.

I actually have an OG HPH. No pats though. Mine is kinda "Bass" pattern

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Jeff

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