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Spring Swimbait Fishing: Everything You Need To Know

March 15, 2019 46 No Comments


Swimbait fishing is EASY! Spring has arrived and its time to catch the biggest bass of your life! We explain how to choose the right swimbait for your conditions, when and where to throw it, and how to make sure your gear is up to the task. Stop guessing and start catching swimbait fish, its really this simple.

We break Spring swimbaits into 4 categories: Soft baits, multi-jointed hardbaits, open water glide baits, and cover glide baits. Owning a bait in each of these categories insures that you’re prepared for nearly any situation that can be thrown your way. Understanding when to throw each one is what this video is all about.

Matt keeps the selection extremely simple and recommends staying with bold colors to attract more fish. Below is a breakdown of baits by style, including color recommendations. We also included links to the rods, reels, and other swimbait gear.

Soft Swimbaits…

-Osprey Tournament Talon:

(Chartreuse Shad, Light Hitch, Bluegill, White)

-Trash Fish Fatty:

(Chartreuse Shad, LC Hitch)

-Trash Fish 8″:

(Chartreuse Shad, Just Shad, LC Hitch)

-Keitech Fat 6″ and 7″:

(Bluegill Flash, Electric Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl)

-Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill:

(Female Bluegill, Male Bluegill)

-Huddleston Swimbaits:

Multi-Jointed Hardbaits…

-Bull Shad 7″ Swimbait:

(Gizzard Shad)

-Triple Trout 7″ and 8″:

(Bone, Sexy Shad, Blue Lighting Shad)

Open Water Glide Baits…

-Gan Craft Jointed Claw 230:

(Dark Rainbow Trout, Flashing Rainbow Trout)

-S Waver 200:

(Light Trout, Warden Hitch, Bone)

-Baitsanity Explorer:

(Carp, Trout)

Cover Glide Baits

-S Waver 168:

(Light Trout, Bluegill, Warden Hitch)

-Gan Craft 178:

(Clear Lake Hitch, Silver Shad, Ja Ayu)

-Sneaky Pete:

(American Shad, Pike Minnow, Trout)

Upgraded Hardware and Line…

Sunline FC-100 System Leader:

Maxima Ultragreen Mono:

-Owner ST-36 Treble Hooks (Medium Wire):

-Owner ST-56 Treble Hooks (Heavy Wire):

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 5 or 6):

Big Swimbait Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel- Tranx 300 HG:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- FC100 System Leader 35 lb:

Small Swimbait Combo…

Rod- Curado 7’2″ Heavy:

Reel- Tranx 200 HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 20 lb FC100 System Leader:

Swimbait Storage…

-Plano Waterproof Deep Box:

-Eye Surrender 8 pocket Bait Wraps:


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