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What are some of the best budget hard and soft body swimbaits for beginners? 

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A couple hudd 68 specials, a 9" slammer, and a Deps slide swimmer 175. Throw in a bullshad or triple trout and you can handle most anything. Switch the SS for an S waver and all this can be yours for under $150 or so.

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Most of the Savage Gear line up would be good places to start. What is your price limit? Just going off of the fact that most beginners don't want to just straight into spending $100 on a bait or really large baits, I'd say baits like a Shine Glide, S-Waver 168 or 200, Optimum Thumper Tail 6", 7" or mini Slammer, Spro Rat 40 or 50, Savage Gear Line Thru or 3D trouts, Trash Fish, or a Jackall Gantarel. 

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S-waver 168, g2 shell cracker, hudd 68. This will all lead to more expensive and bigger baits, rods, and reels 

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For soft body I use KVD swimm'n caffeine shad's. Pair it with a 1/4 oz weighted swim bait hook and it is extremely versatile. Pretty much weed less and works fast, slow, shallow, deep.

I almost always have one tied on, and I've caught fish any time from burning it across the surface, to bouncing it across the bottom at 30 ft.

                       Jim

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What rod/reel do you plan on using to throw these swimbaits?   Many great recommendations but most of those are in the 2+oz range.  So you will heavy gear to use them. 

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9 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Most of the Savage Gear line up would be good places to start. What is your price limit? Just going off of the fact that most beginners don't want to just straight into spending $100 on a bait or really large baits, I'd say baits like a Shine Glide, S-Waver 168 or 200, Optimum Thumper Tail 6", 7" or mini Slammer, Spro Rat 40 or 50, Savage Gear Line Thru or 3D trouts, Trash Fish, or a Jackall Gantarel. 

This I a solid list.  If you had a sb setup or not would change my list.  Top to bottom I would get a wake.  Two good choices a 316 wake junior or Matt lures meathead.  Mid range first glide should be an swaiver.  For price and performance it cannot be touched.  168 or 200 up to you but not the smaller one.  Deep.  This is where I go weedless.  A bait that has a hook that can be texposed.  The large Keitech might be the cheapest easiest to find and most versatile.  It is possible to hang up this bait but I have never lost one due to hangups.  If it was winter I might recommend a hud but they are more expensive and now we're headed at spring.  The right rod to fish huds is a lot more questionable as well.  As a fourth and final nub bait the spro rat in 40 or 50 would round out my first few months.

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I really enjoy throwing the Biwaa Seven I got from one of my subscription boxes. Great action and easy to control the depth. Allowed me to try them out without spending an arm and a leg. Think they’re around $25 each, but don’t quote me on that. 

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Mainly going to trow hardbaits up to the 60 dollar range 

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Hard to go wrong with the S-waver for hard swimbaits. For soft paddletails, I use the Jackall rhythm waves. They are less expensive than keitech and I like the action better. More durable too. 

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Strike King Rage Swimmers are my favorite but Big Bite Baits Cane Thumpers are cheaper and effective for learning how to fish swimbaits. I love white and green pumpkin colors. 

 

As for hard swimbaits I can't really help you. I don't even own one but my brother has an H2O Express bluegill and he loves it 

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