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Swim Jigs and Swimbaits – Beginner To Advanced Tricks To Catch More Bass!

July 1, 2020 55 No Comments


Come learn the secrets that fishermen use to consistently catch fish with swimbaits and swim jigs! Learn when its time to set the swimbait down and upsize to a swim jig. Watch as Matt explains the differences between swim jig trailers and how some create secondary action while others are virtually dead in the water. He’s giving up all the tricks from small finesse Swimbaits for clear water that will still get bit on the worst days, all the way to heavy swim jigs with huge hooks for busting hydrilla beds in search of giant largemouth!  

Finesse swimbaits are an incredible tool in every angler’s arsenal. The small keitechs have taken the industry by storm in recent years because of their incredible fish catching ability. Matt shows when to use the different styles and sizes and even shows how he and Tim rig the baits with micro hooks to maximize their bites on days when fish don’t want to bite. Color selection is key with these swimbaits as well so below in the description we’ve included color recommendations for every bait. 

Swim jigs are a huge category by themselves. We could go on for hours about how to pair trailers, modify skirts, and use each hook style to your advantage. But if you’re going to take away one piece of information its that for every weight/style of swim jig, there is a perfect trailer to make that bait rock and shimmy in the water. No matter what bait you choose, do not settle until you’ve found the perfect trailer that creates secondary action for you. 

Below are a breakdown of the baits, hooks, and even equipment we use when fishing swimbaits and swim jigs. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed descriptions and up close photos of each item. Matt has even included his favorite rods and reels for each bait category so you can really dial in your technique. 


-Keitech Fat Swing Impact (3.8, 4.3, 4.8):

Colors: Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad, TW Ghost Shad

-Keitech Easy Shiner 4”: 

Colors: Silver Flash Minnow, TW Ghost Shad, TW Pro Blue

Swimbait Heads… 

-TacticalBassin Finesse Head: 

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head: 

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head 1/0 Hook: 

Weedless Rigging and Bladed Heads… 

-Owner Flashy Swimmer: 

-Megabass Okashira Screw Head: 

-Coolbaits Down Under Underspin: 

Swim Jigs (Lightest Wire Hook To Heaviest)… 

-Finesse Swim Jigs: 

Colors: Tactical Shad, Bluegill, Threadfin Shad

-Dirty Jigs Swim Jig:

Colors: Chartreuse Shad, Dirty Shad, Bluegill

-No Jack Swim Jig: 

Colors: Dirty Shad, Tactical Shad, Warmouth

-California Swim Jig: 

Colors: Alabama Bream, Citrus Shad, Tactical Shad

Swim Jig Trailers… 

Finesse- XZone Swammer 3.5:

Mid Size- River2Sea D Walker 100: 

California- D Walker 120: 

Lazy Method- Keitech 4.3” Fat Swing Impact: 

Matt’s Favorite Tiny Swimbait Combo… 

Rod- Expride Spinning 6’10” Medium Light: 

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 2500: 

Line- Power Pro Moss Green Braid 10 lb: 

Leader- Sunline Assassin 8 lb Fluorocarbon: 

All-Around Swim Jig Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis GLX 844C MBR 7’ Heavy: 

Reel- Shimano Curado 150 DC HG: 

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 50 lb Braid: 

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb Mono: 

Budget All-Around Swim Jig Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Intenza 7’4” Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 DC: 

Line- Sunline Assassin 17 lb fluorocarbon:

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