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Hey everyone, just picked up this swimbait and was wondering if anybody has had any experience with it, along with some tips for this bait. 

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Great bait, I have several and gave out a few for Christmas.

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It depends on what model and what sink rate you got. Did you get one of the smaller shad baits or the 6" or 8" trout shape ones? 

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Is an awesome bait and a great bang for the buck, no matter what style you got! I used to use the 8 in for tiger muskies but had to stop 3 years ago because they literally would inhale the lure deep, I mean deep with the entire bait past the maxillary, so after a couple hard releases I decided to retire them to the bass box. I fish them now once or twice a week and the 8 inch finds a lot of 5-7 pounders which is pretty good here, but fishing big swimbaits is all about targeting big fish the BBz-1 is a great introductory bait to method fishing, I've had both of mine for 8 years. The joints are getting a bit rusty and there ain't much paint left (I've probably spent 200 bucks re painting and making eyes but I cant let em go)but they are workhorses!

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I just picked up the 2.5" shad version and am anxious to see how it works!

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On 3/28/2017 at 3:40 AM, Mosster47 said:

It depends on what model and what sink rate you got. Did you get one of the smaller shad baits or the 6" or 8" trout shape ones? 

8"

 

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5 minutes ago, FishOnLMB said:

8"

 

Lots of experience with the 8" trout and haven't had a lot of success with it. For the price it's a good choice, need to change the eyes and sharpen the hooks. A slow steady retrieve doesn't work well with this lure, stop and go retrieve seems to trigger strike in lieu of followers.

Tom 

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I fished the Spro BBZ-1 in the 6" size, but never threw their 8" bait.

The price is digestible, but lure quality is ho-hum (no surprise there).

Bass tend to lambast this bait, but that's not surprising since bass lambast all swimbaits, hard & soft.

As it happened, I never boated the hippo I was looking for on a BBZ-1, but shouldn't fault the lure for that  :)

 

Roger

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Lambast, what do you mean by that RoLo? The bass either is interested or not in the swimbait? If so, I agree. I have all these new 5-6" swimbaits and not one bass to credit any of them. I suckered myself that, yeah; this swimbait will be the hot ticket...I'm still waiting for that "swimbait bass."

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I like swimbaiting, but this bait was underwhelming to me. It accounted for 1 5lb fish that was very aggressively chasing big gizzard shad when I pulled the bait past it. It's a good starting bait, but there's much better options out there imo. 

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15 hours ago, WRB said:

Lots of experience with the 8" trout and haven't had a lot of success with it. For the price it's a good choice, need to change the eyes and sharpen the hooks. A slow steady retrieve doesn't work well with this lure, stop and go retrieve seems to trigger strike in lieu of followers.

Tom 

 

I agree with this completely. I've had success on the 6" perch quite a few times. The 8" is a huge bait and the action isn't good enough to really trigger strikes like a good glide bait or a good soft bait like a Hudd.

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