After you have your swimbait in the strike zone, you can begin working it. Make sure you match the hatch for the best results. The action of the lure varies based on the number of joints in the bait. The blade makes the bait fall slower than normal and many hits will happen on the fall. If you’re going to be using this you’ll want to use a white, black, or fish colored chatterbait. "I compare the similarities between an F1 race car and the Balam," Shimada said. This swimbait was designed to be fished on the bottom to mimic a baitfish feeding. The Sassy Shads of the past have been swapped by the jointed hollow and bodied swimbaits of today. Speed, Depth and Retrieve. Then reposition the boat, swing back up current and go up a head size or drop down in bait size while stuttering my retrieve more and pick up a few more fish. Often in these conditions, the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish. Swimbait reels can be designed both for left- and right-handed people. Mixing up your retrieve mechanics can also prevent arm fatigue. This week Matt and Tim break down swimbait rigging. I hope you have patience because swimbait fishing is an all-day commitment. “I use a 1/0 Gamakatsu Round Bend treble for smallmouth and spots because they just swipe at it. 2. If you want to keep things as simple as possible you can just cast and reel in. READ RELATED: Fishing Jerkbaits for Swimbait Fish, READ RELATED: Early Season Froggin’ with Kenta Kimura, READ RELATED: How Josh Parris Catches Big Ones at the Delta, READ RELATED: Boom Boom Line-Thru | Here's How It's Done. Click here to subscribe to our channel for Pro tips and Bait breakdowns on a monthly basis. The most important technique for swimbaits is the retrieve, and there are different methods for different situations: The key to the stop-and-go retrieve is to pause as you reel to let the bait sink slightly, thus imitating the motions of an injured fish. Some anglers call it digging. This is also where a swimbait used as a trailer on a vibrating jig or swim jig can really shine too. Just go slow and steady and mix in an occasional pause with the line held tight to let the bait pendulum down slowly before restarting the retrieve. Use whatever lure you want, a swimbait, a crankbait, a spinner — they all are designed to be tossed out, and reeled back in using a particular motion, this is called cast and retrieve. Swimbait reels sit atop casting rods and are meant to hold and spool out your fishing line. When deciding what type of swimbait to throw and choosing between hard swimbaits, soft swimbaits, or hollow-belly swimbaits, it can be a tough choice. Try and parallel the strike zone. You will know when one grabs it, it will be two quick hits and the second bite is when you want to slam the hook home,” adds the Elite Series pro. The first method is the treble hook method. They are set up in a pretty basic fashion, a handle meant to retrieve fishing line, a bracket to secure the rod and reel, and a brake to help slow down the fish you’re after. YES! The biggest thing I tell people is to stop reeling and count one thousand one, one thousand two until the bait hits bottom. Some of the larger 8 and 10 inch swim baits can weigh more than 2 ounces. If you want to cast lures over two ounces, you’re going to have a hard time without a strong rod. The Madness Japan Balam 300 is a unique swimbait that doesn't fit the mold of other big baits. How To Rig & Retrieve Jerk Shads [VIDEO] Sign up for FREE to receive the latest saltwater fishing videos, tutorials, product reviews, and fishing product discounts! Fishing swimbaits on points can be very rewarding. The second has to do with the inherent design of most swimbaits. When asked why it works at such fast speeds, he had a logical explanation. Swimbaits are a highly visual technique and the color can make a big difference. The megabass dark sleeper is the perfect swimbait for fishing deep ultra clear water. In his many YouTube videos, he can be seen tight to the bank with his boat nearly on the shore as he parallels bluffs, rocks, and above submerged trees. Since the baits he mentions are not massive baits (6” long), they can be fished on conventional tackle without the need for a swimbait specific rod and reel. Just like with a swimbait on a plain jig the retrieve is fairly simple. The best way to retrieve this type of swimbait is very slowly. If you want to cast lures over two ounces, you’re going to have a hard time without a strong rod. It resembles the "figure eight" commonly seen in pike and muskie fishing with the fast movements of the rod right next to the boat to trigger strikes from followers, and it works very well with the Balam 300 for bass. 3. How To Use A Swimbait. The Bio-Gill Swimbait is a three-piece, double-jointed bait with a lifelike swimming action designed as a search bait to cover water on a steady retrieve as well as rod twitch and pauses. Spinning setups are fine for really small finesse style swimbaots but for almost everything else a baitcasting rod is a real must. 1. The building method says a lot about the swimbait reel. Many floating models excel when used as a topwater lure, or one that runs just under the surface. Don’t let the current lull you to sleep and not be aware of what your bait is doing when fishing for bass out deep with a swimbait. They also vary in sizes to match fish of different sizes. Like most big-fish techniques, swimbaits shine when big bass are feeding on big forage and when push shallow to spawn. He’ll use the same reel and gear ratio but will instead spool it up with 20-pound fluorocarbon. Stop them, let them sink for a brief moment, then resume your retrieve. Do not be afraid to throw a large swimbait. He says there is a time and place for both of them.The weedless version shines in shallow water and anytime he is fishing around grass. Top Water: Unweighted and Lightly Waited Softbaits Wormimg - Retrieve the swimbait as you might a worm, that is, let it hit bottom or the tops of grass on the break lines. …2 problems with pulling up on a point or an underwater hump, positioning your boat in deep water and throwing shallow. Basic swimbait “tails” such as the Sweet Swimmer, Big Hammer and DieZel MinnowZ have very little detail and flat faces for fitting them to the back of a jighead. Click here to check out Jeremy's channel. The paddle tail swimbait also comes in either a solid body and hollow body. If your hook isn’t in the center, it’ll cause the bait to swim funny. That being said, here are some of the things that you need to have or prepare. The weighted version is more versatile in that it can be fished deeper and in open water around structure. The reason being is I want the bait to stay up in the strike zone for as much of the retrieve as possible. This works for most styles of swimbaits, and they catch their fair share of big bass, but sometimes a faster speed is needed to trigger bites for bass conditioned to swimbaits. Click here to check out Jeremy's channel. One of his favorite retrieves is a steady retrieve with a slack line. Checkout these high producing tips from Jeremy with @Fishing the LoneStar The swimbait or paddletail plastic is a classic when it comes to fall bass fishing. A swimbait's tail kicks and thumps under slow constant reeling. To rig a swimbait with a treble hook, place the hook at the bottom half of the swimbait and use a screw lock to keep the hook in place. Fishing above trees and rocks is when Roumbanis will slow roll his swimbait. By Snook typically like a faster retrieve than redfish. “Having your rod up and just a little slack in your line will ensure that you are not working it too fast. If you asked me what one lure I would want with me on a deserted island it would be one of these. Basically in a nutshell the dark sleeper is a soft body swimbait molded around a heavy piece of lead. As stated, his signature series swimbait from Optimum is something he had much input in designing. The retrieve is always slow and low. I’ll cast out my lure, give it 3-4 twitches, reel in the slack, take a short pause, then repeat. If the strikes are few and you know bass are in the area, Kennedy suggests using a floating swimbait to simulate a dying baitfish. His line of choice is the Evergreen Bassile Flexhard HG. Gear ratio is a little more at the discretion of the angler and the scenario. If you asked me what one lure I would want with me on a deserted island it would be one of these. The building method determines the weight of the reel. The South Carolina pro says he idles down deep hollows with his trolling motor and uses his Lowrance side imaging to know exactly where those fish are. He may need to slow down his “drop swimming” retrieve, lingering a little bit longer when he hits the meat of his target, but the effect is the same, to cover water and convince lethargic fish to expend precious energy on a meal. I like reeling in slowly and doing that will give you a lifelike wobble through the water. "The Shimano Antares DC MD XG is the best reel in the world right now. Tyler Brinks So these baits gain their action from the steady turning of the reel handle. Many large swimbaits are meant to be fished slowly and crawled along the bottom as they imitate trout and other big baitfish. The whole key to that bait was the weighted harness on it and the action it created, so we included that in this bait. It’s a rare day when I retrieve a swimbait downhill. If you’ve chosen to stick to the smaller end of swimbaits, it’s not necessary to invest in a whole new rod. You can fish it slowly, and it stays in that part of the water column, unlike a crankbait or jerkbait,” Roumbanis advised. Another modification he does at times is to add a nail weight into the bait to get it to dive deeper quicker. Sign me up! The blade makes the bait fall slower than normal and many hits will happen on the fall. To that end, the eight-time Classic contender has simplified his swimbait classifications to "surface lures" (floaters/shallow runners), "medium runners" (slow sinking) and "bottom bumpers" (fast sinking). Versatility comes to mind when anglers think of these lures. On the Bassin’masters.com , worth a full read fer sher: > It’s a rare day when I retrieve a swimbait downhill. He says to start out with a slow retrieve with just enough forward motions to swim the tail of the bait. How To Retrieve A Chatterbait. A bait of this magnitude requires specialized equipment both to cast and fish such a large lure. It is a big bait in every sense of the word, and another unique thing about it is how well it fishes at high-speeds. “The biggest key with fishing swimbaits is to not overwork them. “Either the Fred's Crank Launcher or Air Series Casting Rod 7'5" Heavy is what I use because they have the right action and length needed to really bomb it out there,” he adds. They may also try to avoid hitting cover such as logs, rocks or weeds. Burning a big swimbait at high-speeds is something that most other anglers are not doing yet here in America, and it is something the bass do not see every day. Everybody does it that way, and the bass become conditioned to it. Swimbait is a type of big bass lures that can carry fish ten pounds or more. There are two problems with pulling up on a point or an underwater hump, positioning your boat in deep water and throwing shallow. The first is that the bass have seen that approach a thousand times. Adding the swimbait to your angling arsenal will give you a versatile tool that will put more and bigger fish in the boat or on the bank. The key to the retrieve is to imitate the action of the baitfish. Robinson admits that he mostly catches spotted bass with this technique, but he’s caught his fair share of largemouth as well. Fish your swimbait here the same as with points, slowly uphill, like slow-rolling a spinnerbait along the bottom. Everybody does it that way, and the bass become conditioned to it. How to Rig a Swimbait. With that being said he has three variations of retrieves that work for different situations. Fishing Swimbaits In Shallow Water, 0-15' Slow and Steady - When bass are in 5-15' of water relating to cover be it docks, stump fields, laydowns or flooded bushes, fish a hollow body swimbait with a slow and steady retrieve. By If you simply cast and retrieve you should have no problems catching something. Mixing and matching, as always, will cover you the most until you figure out what works, but it’s important to remember fishing a glide bait is less about twitching and more about snapping. Slow Roll Over Structure Fishing above trees and rocks is when Roumbanis will slow roll his swimbait. A 1/4-ounce round ball head. The design came about from Japanese big-bass guru Satan Shimada who has a 19.2-pound bass and plenty of other big ones to his name. With that in mind when fishing with the lure we want to retrieve it slowly. By doing a simple countdown method, you can ensure that your bait remains in the right depth zone. “Two of my favorite colors are Ghost Rider and Ghost Minnow, they look like baitfish all over the country,” he says. The big thing to remember about swimbait fishing is that you need to stay consistent, follow a travel path, and commit to them, so you don’t fly right by a significant opportunity on the water. His signature series Boom Boom swimbait from Optimum is available in both the weedless and weighted versions and are his top picks for swimbait fishing. Usually, I’ll throw a little bit bigger swimbait for largemouth unless it’s in the winter months when they’re still suspended in offshore stuff. Fishing them too fast or with too much action is one of the biggest mistakes with these baits, a slow and steady retrieve will get the best action,” he begins. Usually, the pause is shorter than when I’m fishing for redfish, but if it’s cold, I’ll increase the pause. Anglers can work these lures at all depths in open water and around cover with a slow retrieve or a fast retrieve bumped off the bottom or at mid water. What is important is to have a rod that can hook bass and not be too stiff," Shimada shared. Look for a point that is different from the rest for one reason or another. "I think a softer rod is needed for the retrieve, but it still needs the power to cast a six-ounce lure. If the weather is right, and it not just after a high-pressure condition, I would be using a large 7″ to 7.5″ swimbait. Tim kicks it off by showing the best way to rig a swimbait weedless. He works the swimbait with a 7-foot, 4-inch Daiwa 741 medium-fast rod and Daiwa Lexa 300 (8.0:1 gear ratio) baitcast reel filled with 18-pound Maxima ultra-green monofilament line. Top hook swimbaits are swimbaits which utilize a large, strong, jig style hook which protrudes from the top of the swimbait. Trout. It has a high-speed retrieve and is still light so you won't be tired from reeling a giant bait all day long," he said and added that a gear-ratio over 8.1:1 is best. …2 problems with pulling up on a point or an underwater hump, positioning your boat in deep water and throwing shallow. Skipping them under docks is one way he catches big bass in places where they do not see as many baits. Watching Shimada fish the Balam is like others burn a crankbait or fish a buzzbait on the surface. What I mean by this is get you boat into a position to make that long cast parallel to the bank in order to retrieve the swimbiat through the strike zone the whole retrieve. Just like with a swimbait on a plain jig the retrieve is fairly simple. Tweak the Retrieve . "The concept of the eight trap is to get the bass to turn on its switch and get excited. The second method is the weedless method. This retrieve is something that Roumbanis tries anytime smallmouth are present. A hard body bait with a single joint or more commonly known as a (Glide Bait) provides an "s" or gliding action in the water which can be fished on a variety of retrieve methods and retrieve speeds. Each swimbait has a different rate of fall (how fast the swimbait will sink after it is cast). He most often uses a simple cast and retrieve when fishing a swimbait. Roumbanis generally selects translucent and natural colors for most of his swimbait fishing. “The smallmouth like the quick changes in speeds. You have to lob the bait more than cast it like a normal lure. A swimbait is not completely weedless, but it is amazing how many big fish you can catch around the edges of a grass line. If you are fishing deeper water they have no problem coming up and grabbing it.” I will still fish it slow, but reeling fast a few times during the retrieve really seems to trigger them to bite,” he says. This way, all the pulling pressure of the cast and retrieve is directed into the back of the tube. A big swimbait can be hard to cast on conventional bass fishing tackle. "I think that giant baits have never been retrieved so quickly before," he began. That’s why you need to cast it a long-distance and retrieve it through the zone the fish are in. He fishes it fast and says that a quick retrieve is the biggest key when fishing this lure. 0:54 Finesse swimbait : what they are & why Bryan likes fishing them; 2:01 Equipment and setup for fishing finesse swimbaits in open water (rod, reel & line). Want to catch MONSTERBASS in the fall? There are two problems with pulling up on a point or an underwater hump, positioning your boat in deep water and throwing shallow. The Yamamoto Zako Swimbait from Amazon is a great option. Schooling fish are usually smaller fish, but if you let this bait fall through the smaller fish to the bigger fish beneath, it can be a perfect time to catch a monster. This is when many of Shimada's big fish have happened, but it will work other times of the year. Tyler Brinks That’s my go-to. This would be a mistake. I think that it is more important to appeal with a reaction bite than to appeal to the eating habits of bass.". Checkout these high producing tips from Jeremy with @Fishing the LoneStar The swimbait or paddletail plastic is a classic when it comes to fall bass fishing. The … For the weedless version, Fred will use the same rod he uses for frog fishing. “I usually fish the weighted version like this down to around 4- to 5- feet and slow roll it above the cover. When trying different retrieves, first make a short cast and watch the lure to ensure it … Once he finds them, … > The second has to do with the inherent design of most swimbaits. A buzzbait's prop churns under constant retrieve. Swimbait rods are specifically designed to catch large fishes by supporting large and heavy lures. From Basstrix to Keitechs they explain the best options to help you load the boat on your next trip! The first is that the bass have seen that approach a thousand times. "If you're an angler who has tried the eight-trap without any luck, I urge you to try and try again as it's a deadly technique," he said. There’s more than one way to fish a jerkbait. To get a starting point, sit your boat in ten-feet of water and drop the bait and see how long it takes to reach … More Rigging Tips: Bring Super Glue: A dab of Super Glue helps to secure a swimbait … You can’t reel, cast, or retrieve smoothly if the building method of the reel isn’t innovative. This is also how some manufacturers classify them, and Reese now has some of each type with him at every tournament. Soft Bait Retrieve Methods. How To Retrieve A Chatterbait. Shimada discovered this retrieve style by chance and has been using it with success ever since. Many large swimbaits are meant to be fished slowly and crawled along the bottom as they imitate trout and other big baitfish. The sounds come and go as it zooms towards you and away, and bass can hear and feel as the Balam approaches into their territory.". Types of Swimbaits. Different swimbait brands have different designs and you can choose one to match the type of species you want to catch. This lure and trailer will have enough action to be able to land fish. The rigging you use with a swimbait lure will change based on the size of the lure and the style of the lure. Line through swimbaits are a large swimbait which allows the line to run through the body of the bait to keep the fish from using the bait as leverage to thrown the hook. Click here to join the Salt Strong Insider Club Click here to grab a pack of Alabama Leprechauns. Those new to fishing may find this term confusing. Sub-Surface: Sub-surface softbaits are typically rigged on jig heads or have the weights and hooks molded into the lure. Fishing a swimbait is basically cast and retrieve all day long so you will have a much easier time using a casting setup. Position the hook correctly – The best way to extend the life of the swimbait is to position the hook so the knot is inside the Fattube and the hook eye (or split ring, if using one) is against the Fattube. "The sounds emitted from the Balam's four joints speed is like a race car zooming around the track. Swimbaits come in a few different styles. After a few casts, anglers should try a faster retrieve speed or vary the retrieve with a stop-and-go technique. He is a true trophy-hunter and helped to create this bait as a way to trick big bass by fishing fast and getting them to react. A dab of Super Glue locks the two together. A swimbait should be fished with a low and slow retrieval, running a swimbait too fast will result in it rolling on itself and spoiling the natural swimming action that is built in to it. Chatterbaits are commonly used for freshwater sports fishing because of its amazing action and the variety of ways to retrieve the lure. The swimbait will just work. High-speed gear reels are the best for application because it’s easier to slow down the retrieve. Use whatever lure you want, a swimbait, a crankbait, a spinner — they all are designed to be tossed out, and reeled back in using a particular motion, this is called cast and retrieve. Water temp for fall swimbaits should be around 75° and falling to the mid 50° range. His years of experience with them have given him the confidence to use them in a variety of situations from coast to coast. Which Swimbait? READ RELATED: How Butch Brown Swimbaiter Rigs and Fishes the Thumper Tail, READ RELATED: Fishing the IMA Little Stick with the Angler that used it to win the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup. With that being said he has three variations of retrieves that work for different situations. Fishing them too fast or with too much action is one of the biggest mistakes with these baits, a slow and steady retrieve will get the best action,” he begins. Versatility comes to mind when anglers think of these lures. He believes the combination of sound and speed causes the bass to react so well to this lure. Allow the head of the lure to bump into rocks, logs or whatever else it may encounter. Swimbait technique is simple, just throw it out and reel it in very slowly and very steadily. Here are four factors to consider on reel retrieves: Speed. NO. Swimbait Retrieves “The biggest key with fishing swimbaits is to not overwork them. For me, it really doesn’t differ a lot. If you happen to run up on a group of schooling fish, be sure to cast it out and let it fall. A lure that was made especially for fishing this way is the Madness Balam 300. "The Balam is a lure that excels when you approach points where the bass should be located at and retrieved at super ultra-high speeds," said Shimada, who has learned to anticipate when strikes will occur and how he can use a fast retrieve speed to his advantage. Some prefer more of a sideways, rather than a downward, snapping retrieve. I use a size 1 for largemouth because they just inhale it,” he says. Softbaits can be broken down into 2 categories: Top-Water: Top-water softbaits are typically eel tail softbaits rigged with unweighted or lightly weighted swimbait hooks and soft circle hooks. The material that is used for the reel should be considered highly too. For rods and reels, he is looking for a balance of flexibility and strength, while also being light enough to handle for hours at a time. So you can have a big catch or small catch depending on your preference. Don't overwork it. They’re soft plastic or rubber glide baits, solid hard pieces, jointed hard, or multi-jointed hard lures. The way you retrieve your lure is the most important thing when it comes to catching fish (pretty obvious). To achieve that he has to wind the swimbait ultra slow. Here are some of the best ways to rig a plastic swimbait. 4/13/2020. If you use too heavy of a weight you will be more likely to spook the fish. How to Rig a Swimbait The rigging you use with a swimbait lure will change based on the size of the lure and the style of the lure. Want to catch MONSTERBASS in the fall? It has a great tail action, but the harness gives it a quiver that just gets bit,” he says. These baits and other similar sized swimbaits can be fished on a rod that you may already own and use for jigs and other heavier techniques. Number one thing to do is "match the hatch" when swimbait fishing! If it is near the bottom, fishing a swimbait right along the bottom will be the best place to start. “Just a steady retrieve is the best. On cloudy days, he prefers a color called Jackson Trout. Click here to subscribe to our channel for Pro tips and Bait breakdowns on a monthly basis. "Simply put, I think it is a world where bass have never experienced this before. It's like they lose all control," Shimada said. 3. For starters, it is a four-jointed bait that is a foot-long, and it weighs around six ounces. Swimbait rods can look similar when compared with crankbait rods; the only difference between them is that the swimbait rod is comparatively larger. For starters, he likes a 25-pound nylon (monofilament) line because it has enough stretch to handle strikes at close distances. Others call it bouncing. Shimada says this reel will bring in 36-inches of line per handle turn, which helps move this bait at quick speeds to get reaction bites. This type of bait can look like a dying fish that is struggling to stay alive near the surface. Deepwater baits are crawled slowly and steadily along the bottom, even jigged for lethargic cold-water bass. Some prefer a slower gear ratio (in the 5.4:1 to 6.1:1 range) to keep the bait in the strike zone longer, while others prefer a higher gear ratio (7.3:1) for long casts that allows for a fast retrieve as soon as the bait hits the water. The twitch retrieve is used with jerkbait lures. The dark sleeper swim-bait creates a natural profile with a heavy weight inside the bait, so you can get down deeper with a more realistic swimming presentation. He prefers a 7'9" extra-heavy Evergreen Hercules Acteon Magnum EX rod. “I worked with Optimum and bait designers to create a bait that was inspired by one of my favorite baits that is no longer made. How To Use A Swimbait. 10/3/2017. Cast and Retrieve Fishing. Trout are like snook in that they seem to like a more erratic retrieve. Roumbanis likes to fish his swimbaits everywhere, even in places that many anglers wouldn’t try with swimbaits. Here are some of the best ways to rig a plastic swimbait. > The first is that the bass have seen that approach a thousand times…and the bass become conditioned to it. > It’s a rare day when I retrieve a swimbait downhill. This color has a dark back and stands out in low light conditions. If you need to rig your swimbaits there are three common methods you will want to use depending on your situation. Fred Roumbanis is recognized as one of the best on tour with a swimbait and his approach is to have the right color and retrieve for all situations he is faced with. How To Rig Jerk Baits. I hate fishing. This works for most styles of swimbaits, and they catch their fair share of big bass, but sometimes a faster speed is needed to trigger bites for bass conditioned to swimbaits. I like that 3-inch swimbait size the most. If you notice more suspended fish, they are most likely feeding in the middle of the water column and up. When it comes to the weighted version, he will opt for rod with a softer tip and will even use a crankbait rod at times. The main technique that Robinson turns to is using a 4-inch Zoom Boot Tail Fluke swimbait with a 1/4-ounce swimbait head to drop right above those schooling fish waiting for something to pass them by. Available in both 4” and 5” sizes, these baits feature a slow sink action and are available in five forage matching colors. From largemouth to smallmouth and spotted bass, a swimbait catches all three in nearly any condition. I really like a 1/4-ounce jighead. Speed Retrieving a Foot Long Swimbait. If the baitfish appear to be sluggish, Siemantel will slow roll the swimbait. With a lure designed to be fished quickly, and run true, like the Balam 300, you can get away with speed retrieving a foot-long swimbait. 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