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I will be giving swimbaits a wherl this year. I will be fishing in a tidal river. Depths anywhere from 2-4' and 4-6'. I will be using the hollow belly type. Is the weight of the hook dependent water depth? What is the rule of thumb for what weight to use?

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They run shallow regardless. Weight doesnt affect running depth much really. I would think more about retrieve speed you need more weight to keep it running straight at faster speeds.

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Think of it like a spinnerbait,sort of. If you want deep and fast use a heavy weight such as 3/8-1/2 oz. You can still run deep with a light weight but you would have to retrieve very slow.Those baits have thump and lift and will roll on faster retrieves if the weight is too small.

 That said 1/4 oz is about standard.1/8 works well too if fishing shallow around vegetation. If you can only get one size to start I'd say get 1/4 and expand from there depending on the depth,cover,and how well your particular bait runs in general.

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Get a few good hooks and get yourself some of these in different weights and you should be ready to go or change on the fly if necessary.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_10201093____SearchResults

Weight and retrieve speed or a combination of both will determine running depth.

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Listen to bassin_F.  You're throwing a 3-6" paddletail bait with a 1/4-1ozish weighted hook.  You're not throwing a 4oz hudd or something - treat it like a spinnerbait and don't add the "swimbait" mystique to a bait that doesn't even really qualify.

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Also look at the KSH Custom weights for hollow, paddle tail baits.  They slip inside the bait and have a small ring to tie your line to and another to put a split ring and treble hook on.  The weights go up to 3/4 oz. I believe.

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