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has anyone seen these or have had any luck with them?

http://www.mattlures.com/products.htm

look real nice but very expensive. the bluegill series is 20 dollars a pop and the baby bass series is 12 dollars

you can use them as a swimbait or you can let it go to the bottom, and they automatically go nose down when on the bottom, as if they were feedin on eggs.

dont really want to spend 20 dollars for 1 but we'll see

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Wow, they really look cool.  Will be interested in what kind of response you get to see if anyone has used them.  Would like to give them a try, but at $20 per, would like to get an endorsement or two first.

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I have used just about every type of swimbait and I narrowed my go to baits down to 3. I just started using the mattlures baby bass and I caught fish my first time using it. The bluegill I have been using for about a year and I just kill big bass on it. I also use the Huddleston trout. The best trout bait on the market. Actualy all 3 are the best baits on the market in thier class. I know alot of guys dont think realism is important but if you came out here to southern Ca. you would learn real quick. The water out here is crystal clear and the lakes out here are arguably the most preasured lakes in the country. You can catch fish on swimbaits that arent realistic but its real tough and usualy they are the smaller ones. For me the diference comes when the fish gets a real good look at the bait and still eats it. That just doesnt happen with baits like the storms ond other non realistic baits. I have actualy caught several bass over 8lbs on both the bluegill and the Hudd with the bait sitting on the bottom. I have watched fish come up to them and stare at them for a minute or two and still hit it. These fish were not on beds either. With the other baits it is usualy a reaction bite or they were on beds or caught at night. The realism is the diference between followers and biters. Now before you guys start debating the importance of realism, Remember I am specificaly talking about swimbaits out here in so Cal.

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There are a few guys on the BPS outdoorsite that use them quite abit. They usually talk them up.

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Simply the best, carefully handpoured, soft, lots of action, painstainkingly hand painted, something that machine made baits don 't have; of course all that commitment to perfection has a price.

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Mattlures is a forum member.

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I've read good things about these from tackletour by lightningrod. Whats the action on these things? Does the tail wag like a fish?

Its pretty expensive though; 3 for 29$ :o

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WOW!!! They look really realistic!!! Especially the bluegills!! I might order some :P

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BigBassBecker,

How do you fish these things?  Is it a "chunk and wind" bait or do you work them like a twitch bait?  I notice they advertise how "life like" then look when they are in a downward position on the bottom.  That sort of makes me think you either dead stick them or jig them.  Also, are they only for deep water or can you work them along the banks?  Thanks in advance for your response.

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dang, those things look beautiful.  I live in north carolina and the water i usually fish is really stained or muddy.  probably and average visibility in alot of it is about 2 or 3 feet, but there are TONS of bluegill.  do y'all reckon that it would be worth it to invest in one of those bluegill swimbaits???

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The bluegill sit in an upright position on the bottom. It is almost cheating when you put them on a bed. I will only throw them on beds with bass at least 8lbs on them. (Dont worry, I take a pic and put them back) When casting them I like a steady slow retreive. Sometimes I will give it a little jerk and/or pause. I get bit a lot when I hit a rock or tree and kill the bait. I am a firm believer in realism and I dont like to "overwork" These baits. I think the fish eat them because they look so real. I fish the bass the same way as the bluegill. If I graph some fish at 20ft I will cast way past them let it sink to the right depth and slowly reel them in. Because these baits are soft, the bass can clamp down on them and you cant use a regular hookset. When you get bit, reel up the slack as fast as you can and make a big sweeping hookset. Also If you can help it, try not to let them jump. When you feel the fish coming up, push your rod under water and reel hard. The smaller fish I like to horse them in. I button down the drag and crank. I am usualy using big gear and 20-25lbtst. BTW this is how I fish 90% of the swimbaits. Not just these

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Hmm... I changed my mind on buying them. If they were a little smaller than probably but Not many 8lb+ bass in Illinois. State record is 13. If you catch a 5 lber here its a pretty nice obass.

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As far as swimbaits go, they are on the small size. Most guys that fish trout baits out here will use 8in baits minimum! I know a guy who uses a 15 in 2lb rubber trout bait! It is huge. What I am saying is those little bass and bluegill baits will catch any size bass. I have caught many 3lbers on The 8in Hudd and on the Mattlures. The reason I only throw them at 8lbes and above on beds is because I wont waist my time on smaller fish unless I am posative there are no big ones up. Even then I usualy keep looking.

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Hmm... I changed my mind on buying them. If they were a little smaller than probably but Not many 8lb+ bass in Illinois. State record is 13. If you catch a 5 lber here its a pretty nice obass.

So true born and raised in IL and i have yet to catch one over 7lb's iv caught many in the 5 and 6lb class. Swimbaits do work around here in certain conditions. The bluegill will probly catch a flathead before a bass. But that BabyBass looks downright tempting ;D

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Yeah, I hear ya. I haven't even caught a 5 or 4 lber yet. :P. Just started weighing them. Where in illinois do you fish?

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Yeah, I hear ya. I haven't even caught a 5 or 4 lber yet. :P. Just started weighing them. Where in illinois do you fish?

I live outside of springfield and fish Lake Sangchris mostly. Where abouts you fish paully ever fish newton? i hear its the place to be right about now.

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I have never had any success with the bluegill baits but who knows, these look so much nicer and realistic then the ones I was throwing.

But the price is a little rich.

I can't wait to find out how you did with them.  Be sure to make a post and let us know.

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I live outside of springfield and fish Lake Sangchris mostly. Where abouts you fish paully ever fish newton? i hear its the place to be right about now.

Na. Skokie laggoons, Lake Glenview, busse, etc. Northern stuff :D

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