How to Fish a Swimbait
Rigging a swimbait isn’t as intimidating or difficult as one might think. With the correct plastic baits, hooks and weights you too can be on your way to catching more and bigger bass in no time. That’s because this type of bait is not only incredibly lifelike but often irresistible to those big lunkers that lurk beneath the waters surface. Follow each step closely so you can begin catching more fish with your new-found rigging knowledge right away!
Common Types of Swimbaits
Hard swimbaits are one type of lure that continues to gain attention from anglers who take the sport of bass fishing seriously. These lures usually feature realistic, lifelike bodies that swim and dart through the water. Their wiggling motion closely mimics the prey that fish feed on, making them incredibly effective at drawing strikes from even the wariest predators.
Not only do hard-bodied swim baits look appealing in the water, but they also possess a weighty feel and solid construction. They are heavier than other soft plastic lures, enabling them to cast much farther with greater accuracy. With their 3D molded eyes and realistic colors, they can fool any fish into striking in no time. Whether you’re targeting largemouth bass, smallmouth, pike, musky or other predatory fish species, hard-bodied swimbaits are an essential tool in any angler’s tackle box!
Soft swimbaits are a great tool for anglers looking to land a trophy bass. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors, making them well suited for just about any type of fishing situation. What makes a soft plastic swimbait so attractive is that they offer a realistic swimming action, almost as if the bait was alive! This lifelike movement attracts hungry fish and increases the chances of success when out on the water. Furthermore, due to their specific design soft-bodied swimbaits are incredibly aerodynamic — enabling bass anglers to cast farther and cover more ground in a shorter time frame.
The versatility of soft-bodied swimbaits also make them an excellent choice. From deep crankbait-style dives to shallow topwater work — they can do it all! They’re perfect for when you want something with just the right action at any given speed or depth. And since they can be easily customized with different hooks, weights and other attachments you’ll never be limited by what’s available in stores.
Paddle tail swimbaits are an effective and versatile type of fish bait that is becoming increasingly popular among fishermen all over the world. A paddle tail swimbait features a distinctive paddle-like fin on their underside that allows them to create an attractive slow flopping action when slowly reeled in – making them irresistible to hungry game fish! This makes them great for both trolling purposes, as well as bottom fishing, and they are especially effective in deep water where they can be used to attract large predators like bass, pike, walleye, and muskie. Paddle tail swimbaits also come in a variety of colors and styles so bass anglers can tailor the bait to their specific target species. With these unique lures, any fisher – from beginner to pro – can catch more fish than ever before!
Picking the correct type of hook for rigging your swimbait
When it comes to choosing the perfect hook for your swimbait, you want something that is reliable and easy to use. Depending on the kind of fish you are trying to catch, different types of hooks can be more effective. The most popular type of hook used with swimbaits is the weedless, or “kb”-style hooks. The wide gap means it will stay attached to the bait better than a standard round-bend hook. This is important when you’re trying to get the bass or walleye to strike without immediately feeling resistance from the hook.
Another choice is an offset or EWG (extra wide gap) hook with its flatter profile allows it lay flat on the bottom and at a certain angle so it won’t stick up as much when texoared in cover. It also offers better hook laws with its flat bend construction. An additional key benefit of this type hook is that it will tend not to twist up your line like the kb-style hooks do during repeated casts and retrieve getting snagged in weeds and wood less often.
Selecting the correct size of hook
When it comes to swimbaits, there are several factors that will help you determine what size hook you should use.
First, consider the shape and size of the bait you’re using. As a general rule of thumb, a larger bait requires a large hook and vice versa. A larger swimbait will move slower through the water than a smaller one so heavier hooks in the range from 2/0 – 8/0 works best for these baits. For smaller swimbaits try using lighter gauge hooks in sizes 1 to 4. This can help ensure your lure has an attractive swimming action which fish are more likely to strike at.
Next, consider what type of structure you’ll be fishing around as well as how deep or shallow the waters may be. If you’re fishing around weeds, snags or rocky locations then go up one or two sizes larger with your hooks to make sure they don’t get caught in debris while reeling them.
Rod and Reel
Swimbaits are typically large Lures that create a lifelike presentation that attracts large game fish. As such, they require specific rods and reels meant to handle heavier lines in order to cast more accurately and efficiently with greater control during retrieves.
The ideal swimbait rod should be between seven and seven-and-a-half feet in length, have an action specifically designed for swimming baits, have quality guides that hold up well against the wear of a long day on the water, light but yet strong enough to pull in the catch you’re after. And when it comes to selecting your reel, size is critical depending on what type of line you use. Monofilament or fluorocarbon lines may need either a Shimano Curado or a Daiwa Tatula casting reel due its superior drag system giving angler’s confidence in fighting their catch without worrying about loose Line for longer period of time when aggressive fish make bigger runs downstream. A spinning reel should also handle braid.
How to tie on a swimbait
Here is is a step-by-step guide on how to tie on a swimbait:
- Start by holding the swimbait in one hand and your fishing line in the other.
- Pinch the top of the swimbait with one hand and use your other hand to slide a hook through the area where you were pinching.
- Move up to mid-way on the bait and poke it again so that both points of entry are flush together from where you inserted the hook into each side of the bait’s head.
- Tie off a Palomar knot by looping your line over itself, creating two loops with one loop larger than the other before going through them with your tag end, then cinching both sides down tight together against themselves around your line (be careful not to pull too hard or snap it).
- Pull tight on all parts of your knot until secure using even pressure; make sure not to excessively tighten or loosen any point as this can undo or weaken your connection between lure and line.
Swimbait Bass fishing techniques
There are many different ways to fish a swimbait but the four most common techniques are the steady retrieve, twitch & pause, slow roll and fast roll.
A Steady Retrieve is probably the most common technique used when fishing with swimbaits and is as simple as it sounds – simply cast your swimbait out, wait for it to sink, and then steadily retrieve it back by cranking your reel handle in a steady back-and-forth motion. The attractant action provided by the swimming paddle tail will help draw strikes from nearby gamefish.
The Twitch & Pause is technique focuses on making short twitches with your rod tip before letting lure fall then twitching again. Big bass often will follow the bait as it twitches and then suck it up on the fall as it mimics a dying bait fish.
A slow roll technique is often used on deeper waters. This method involves slowly retrieving the swimbait from the reel such that it produces a tight horizontal wiggle as it moves through the water column. The resulting wave like motion can draw attention from fish within an area as it looks like an injured prey fish trying to escape predators or swimming inefficiently due to instability in motion.
When a fast roll technique is used, this involves winding the reel rapidly so it creates more surface disturbance with each rotation of the crank handle without altering its shape or behaviour too significantly while maintaining its speed appearance relative to other prey nearby. This method works great at shallow depths particularly targeting predator species such as big bass or trout looking for quickly moving meals closer towards mid-water
When to fish a swimbait
If you are trying to target a school of active fish such as bass in open water, throwing a swimbait can be an excellent choice. Lures that imitate small prey items, like shad or minnows, will catch hungry predators no matter the time of day or season. The larger profile also adds an element which makes it attractive even from distances – enabling you to cover more area quickly.
Along these same lines, swimbaits will also work well during spawning season. When bass begin their spring migration upriver or into deeper waters after winter ends, they become much more aggressive and active than usual during spawning season. Casting a swimbait into areas where bass may have laid eggs can quickly turn into some exciting catches!
Get out there and experiment
Fishing a swimbait is an art all of its own. It requires proper preparation and the right equipment, but once you’ve got that down, the possibilities are endless. The tips and tactics in this article should help you start fishing a swimbait effectively so you can catch more fish. With patience, practice and an open mind for trying new things, you’ll be casting swimbaits like a pro in no time. Remember, every body of water is different and conditions change rapidly so have fun testing new techniques and refining your skills so you can get the most out of your next fishing trip!
Another great lure to catch more bass is the Jerkbait.