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How to Fish a Swimbait: What You’ll Need to Know

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Fishing has been a popular hobby for generations. Over the years, many methods and techniques have been developed to help fishermen catch more fish than ever before. One such technique is fishing with a swimbait.

Swimbaits are one of the most effective ways to catch bass and other fish because they behave like wounded baitfish, which is what bass and other predatory fish prey on. If you’ve never fished with a swimbait before, don’t worry! Here we’ll provide some helpful advice on how to fish a swimbait–and some tips for getting your bait ready.

But before that for confused beginners…

What is Swimbait?

Large-mouth bass lures like swimbait may transport fish up to 10 pounds. Swimbait fishing takes a lot of patience, so stock up. Hold your bait and rod instead of changing it. That way, you’ll get some real bass.

A smart predator, large bass, especially smaller bass won’t take just any bait so make sure you use bigger swimbaits. Lesser fish will come in for a nibble since bass is famously evasive, so make sure to use a hard body swimbaits. Swimbaits fool largemouth fish with their realistic appearance and superb swimming mimicry.

How to Fish Swimbaits?

There are many ways to do this, but the best way is to put some drops of superglue on the middle part of the jighead –just where you’d want your swimming bait fixed–and then slide it on until it stops at that spot.

The glue will dry very quickly and your swimbait won’t come off unless you want it to! Also, note that only one side of the jig is sticky, so you’ll have to use that side up when rigging.

You can also use a rod to fish for swimbait as well.

What is the Best Rod to Use for Swimbait?

The best rod to use for swimbait is the Dobyn’s 795sb. This is the best rod to use for swimbait because it has a sensitive tip, allowing you to feel even the smallest bites from your target.

It also has a strong backbone with power in reserve, which allows you to control even the biggest targets, especially when it comes to long casts. This rod’s strength is also well suited for fighting big sturgeon. Its sensitivity makes it an excellent rod for detecting bites from smaller fish too.

How do Swimbaits Work?

Swimbaits are very similar to crankbaits because they both consist of a lead head and a soft, plastic body. However, swimbaits do not have any attached hooks.

Instead, they incorporate a hook to the jighead at the base of the bait where it connects with the line. The lure then slides onto this jighead and sits on top of it perfectly. Experiment with shaking or wiggling your rod tip until something bites!

Different Types

Many fishermen assume that big bass and other bass prey on baitfish, this is not always the case. In fact, big bass will often recognize swimbaits as an easy meal and take it up eagerly.

However, if your bait doesn’t look or move properly underwater you’ll never catch a big one. Swimbaits are big bass lures further separated into four distinct categories:

Paddle Tail Swimbaits

A paddle tail swimbaits is a lure that has a straight plastic tail. It’s called a paddle tail because the end of it looks like a little board. There are no sharp angles on this plastic, which makes it move more naturally in the water.

Swimming Swimbaits

A swimming swimbait looks similar to a paddle tail, but has angles at the tail instead of a straight design–thus it’s much easier to wiggle and shake.

Hard Swimbaits

A hard swimbait is unique because it’s made of soft plastic and has a shell over the top. It looks like a frog or lizard, and makes big splashes when it hits the water!

Soft Swimbaits

A soft swimbaits comes in many shapes but basically consists of any kind of soft plastic bait that you can rig like a jig. Its motion in the water is purely dependent on how you move your rod–no additional moving parts here!

Jig head Baits

This style of swimbait is called a jig head bait because the body attaches to the jighead instead of sliding on top.

These soft plastic lure bodies come in many shapes and designs, with fins, claws, tails, and legs sticking out of their sides.

Glide Baits

A glide bait is just a hollow plastic tube. The head has nobody and the tail has no jighead. This swimbait is rigged with extra weight and can glide along without moving your rod tip very much.

What is a Trophy Bass?

This is a term that refers to big largemouth bass around 6 pounds or more. It has nothing to do with size, but rather how tough it’ll be to haul in one of these fish!

Different Kinds of Hook Swimbait

Treble Hooks

The most common type of bait hook is the treble. It’s because a single-hooked jighead is much less effective than one with 3 or even 4 hooks. It can bite down on any one of those and still get hooked!

Straight Shank Hooks

A straight-shank hook has a straight gap from the shank to the curve of the point. These are just as sharp as treble hooks, but give you more options for rigging jigs and baits.

Weighted Hooks

A weighted hook is designed with extra weight so that you can use it to pull your swimbaits through the water even more effectively. Don’t worry, these hooks are still sharp!

Different Types of Swimbait

Hollow Body

Two to six segments are linked by hinged joints on hard-bodied lures. It is possible to make these lures by hand or by machine, and they come in a wide range of buoyancies.

Soft Body

If you prefer, you may purchase these soft body plastic lures already rigged on a weighted hook or jig head. With these lures, you want to gently reel them in after casting.

Solid Body

A solid body lure floats and dives by adding or releasing air from the factory-sealed chambers. To dive a bit, hold your rod tip high so it will dive nose-first. To keep it at the surface, reel it in slowly.

Multi Jointed Swimbaits

The primary focus of these lures is swimming motion. Multi-jointed provide a broad, smooth trail in the water thanks to the many parts.

Line Through Swimbaits

Because these innovative baits glide down the line as you reel them in, the fish will not be able to utilize its weight against you.

Techniques to Trick Bass

There are a few basic tenets to making them bite down on your swimbait:

  • They are like prey that is moving in an erratic and unpredictable pattern. The more it wiggles and twitches, the better!
  • Lure color is very important; if you’re fishing during dusk or dawn, use green pumpkin-colored lures. If you want to catch fish in deeper water (30 feet or higher), go with black or blue.
  • For clear water closer to the surface, choose yellow or white. To attract fish when everything else remains the same, add some sort of scent such as garlic juice.

Final Thoughts on How to Fish A Swimbaits

You know the basics on how to fish a swimbait, but in order to start catching big basses make sure to go out in the right places. For example, in the summertime 70-degree water will be warmer than 30-degree water during the springtime. This shifts the location of the best fishing spots for largemouth.

The most common type of swimbait hook is treble, but if you want to use different kinds then that’s all up to you! You can also experiment with adding scents and colors when trying to catch trophy-sized fish. Good luck out there!