Ultimate Guide to Swimbaits for Bass Fishing

What is a Swimbait?

A swimbait is simply an artificial swimming lure which is defined to resemble as well as respond like bait fishes in the water. Lures are mainly used in fresh- water fishing for the large game fish such as pike and bass. Hard Swimbaits are often made of carved wood or molded plastic. This write- up will focus on discussing everything you need to know about swimbaits for Bass Fishing.

Types of Swimbaits for Bass Fishing?​

There are different kinds of swimbaits that are designed to resemble the various species which bass typically prey on. Despite some swimbaits being designed to mimic fish, there are others which are made to simulate turtles, small waterfowl, and rodents. In general, swimbaits can be categorized into three, i.e.​

  • Hard bodied which can either be single jointed, multi-jointed or glide baits.
  • Soft body which can either be full body, line through or top hook
  • Paddle tail which can either be the hollow body, solid body or full body.

#1 Hard Body Swimbaits

The hard body swimbaits normally come already equipped with treble hooks, and they’re usually different when compared with weedless. This kind of swimbait can enable you to rip hassle free the trebles via light grass. However, if you are fishing in a thick weed cover, it is not recommended that you make use of this kind of swimbait.​

​What are the Different Categories of Hard Body Swimbaits?

Multi Jointed Hard Body Swimbaits

These are types of hard body swimbaits which are made of three or more body sections that are hinged together. They’ve got a smoother as well as wider swimming action.

Single Jointed Hard Body Swimbaits

This type of hard body swimbaits has two solid body parts that are attached to a hinging collection which enables the bait to swim’ as it is retrieved.

Glide Baits

This types of baits are simply an elongated version of single jointed hard swimbaits. Their longer body profiles give the baits a wider S- shaped’ than that of a standard swimbait.

#2 Soft Swimbaits

The soft bodies that these kinds of baits have to enable them to have a more realistic feel when they’re engulfed by a bass. This enables its user to have enough time of setting the hook.

What are the Different Categories of Soft Swimbaits?

Fully Body Soft Swimbaits

These are simply solid rubber baits which normally use treble hooks that are attached to their belly, once you purchase this kind of swimbait, you’ll be required to purchase a hook separately since it does not come equipped with it.

Line Through Soft Swimbaits

These types of swimbaits are designed in such a manner that they can protect the bait from being damaged. They also assist in keeping a bass hooked during the fight by getting rid of the leverage they’ve got when trying to shake off a full- body bait.​

Top Hook Soft Swimbaits

These types of baits are equipped with a quality hook which runs through the middle of the body and turns up and out the back/top of the lure. There are some types of top hook soft swimbaits that come with a hook ring attached at the bottom. This enables the user to have an option of adding a treble hook when making use of this type of swimbait.

#3 Paddle Tail Swimbaits

Soft Swimbaits and Paddle tail have got similar characters. The only difference between the two is that the latter comes in packages of multiple baits. Also, these kinds of baits do not come with hooks. Therefore, you’ll be required to separately purchase the hooks once you’ve bought this kind of swimbait.​

What are the Different Categories of Paddle Tail Swimbaits?​

Hollow Body Paddle Tail Swimbaits

These are simply wide gap hooks which come with either a screw lock or an offset shank to secure the head. The hollow body of this kind of swimbaits make them softer allowing for better hook- sets when a fish bites down on them.​

Solid Body Paddle Tail

SwimbaitsOne of the merits that this swimbaits have over hollow body baits is that they are much more durable and often stay rigged properly for the longer period. Let us now have a look at some of the tips that can help you become a pro in fishing a swimbait.

#4 Tips on How to Fish a Swimbait

Tip# 1: Finding the Slowest Reel Speed​

First and foremost, in your attempt to know how to fish a swimbait, it is ideal that you find the slowest reel speed so that you can apply it in engaging the swimming action of the lure.

Tip# 2: Determining Whether your Bait Floats or Sinks

If you’re Using a Floating Bait

If you’ll prefer using a floating model, it’s important that you use it as a top water lure. This will create the appearance of a dying fish which is floating and swimming slowly along the surface.

If you’re Using a Sinking Bait

Sinking models are can either be used deeper in the water column or can be dragged along the bottom.​

#5 Tips for Choosing the Size and Color of a Swimbait​

#1: Picking Baits with Brighter Color Versions

Picking baits with brighter versions which resemble the colors of the natural prey will enable the lure to flash them underwater and attract attention in a familiar manner.

#2: Knowing the Color of the Natural Prey you Intend to Capture

It is also important that in case you know the color of the natural prey, you purchase a bait that has got such a color. This will make the prey be unable to distinguish itself with the swimbait thus giving you a chance of easily capturing it.​

Last, but definitely not the least, these are some of the things you require knowing since they’ll enable you to choose the best swimbaits for bass fishing which is appropriate for you. For more information about bass fishing lures and latest gear reviews Just subscribe to the website. Thank you happy Fishing.


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