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I recently decided to begin hunting Giant PA Largemouth and Smallmouth. I picked up some swimbaits to give them a try, and have a few questions on how everyone uses them (Spro BBZ-1 Swimbait 6" Rainbow Trout). Just what has been the best action you have used for swimbaits? (retrieve, jerking, twitching) I'm also looking into using a glidebait (River2Sea Rover 168S Lite Trout Color) and wondering the same thing for it. (retrieve, twitching, jerking, steady) Wondering what you all had to say! Thanks in advance!

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Swimbaits and glides are not jerk or crankbaits, they are natural swimming lures.

Start by watching Butch Brown's vedio's and look closely at his retrieve and rod position.

Slow down, you can't hurry swimbaits, you can change cadence using the reel mostly.

Like fishing jigs you need to stay focused.

Tom

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1 minute ago, WRB said:

Swimbaits and glides are not jerk or crankbaits, they are natural swimming lures.

Start by watching Butch Brown's vedio's and look closely at his retrieve and rod position.

Slow down, you can't hurry swimbaits, you can change cadence using the reel mostly.

Like fishing jigs you need to stay focused.

Tom

Thanks a ton! Will certainly be looking into that!

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Savage gear 3d shine glide. Great glide for the money. Spend some time researching and on YouTube. Lots and lots of info out there. Matt Allen with tactical bassin, butch brown, etc. Best advice for getting into swimbaits: don't try to buy the next best bait. There is no magical bait. Research proven baits and buy a couple (9" ms slammer, 8" hudd and SG shine glide) . Fish them and them only. Learn everything you can about them. And be sure to have the proper gear for those baits. 

 

And put in time! Good luck 

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Well the battles shad seems to have a lot of magic believers.  But really stick to the tried and true baits.  Slamers, hard gills, huddlestons, swaivers.  All the ones I listed are reasonably priced.  More is not better and you may choose one good bait that matches your forage after you have some time in and decide on the one.  I went with a pizz shadly.  It might be the cheapest option as the phoney, hinkle and others are quite a bit more.  Check out keeping it real fishing on YouTube and he has a great perspective imo.

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I love the Shine Glide 185, enough that I sold all my Deps 175. It swims and glides great, affordable, and flat gets bit. I fish mine on a Dobyn's 795 with a 300E Curado loaded with 20lb Big Game. I use the reel to move the bait, fast crank for a turn or two, then a pause, repeat. Sometimes I'll use the rod a little if I'm fishing it fast. 

 

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