Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill Swimbaits
Soft Plastic Bluegill Swimbaits
The Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill is a soft body swimbait that features a realistic bluegill design that mimics the action and appearance of the small panfish that are a favorite meal of big bass. The Ultimate Bluegill is the most realistic bluegill bait ever made. The Ultimate Bluegill sits nose down like the original Mattlures bluegill but now it possesses pectoral fins that actually move with the bait as it swims through the water. At rest the fins flair out - the big bedding bass can't resist the annoying bluegill on their bed. When the bait is swimming, the fins lay back against the side just like they are supposed to. The tail has also gone through a re-design. The bait maintains the same great action of the original that's responsible for hundreds of trophy bass, but adds another level of realism. Instead of the standard boot tail, the redesigned tail looks like an real tail. The pelvic fins have been lengthened to an anatomically correct size. This design aspect really helps hide the stinger hook ,should you choose to use one. The Ultimate Gill weighs 1.9 oz and is 5 inches long.
When you take your new Ultimate bluegill out of the package you may notice that the fins are not flaring out. This is because they need to be set. All you need to do is put the bait in hot water past the fins for about 30 seconds. Remove the bluegill and push the fins forward like its covering its eyes. While holding the fins in this position submerge the bait in cold water for about 30 seconds and the fins will naturally flair out.
From Mattlures Bait Maker Matt Servant
"Ok, this is how I choose colors. First I look into the water and look at the
bluegill. If I see a particular species than that makes my choice easier.
Generally in the spring and summer they become much more colorful. The males
will have their spawning colors and the females will have a little more color to
them also. I usually like the male pattern at this time. For most of the year
the males arenít as colorful and the females are dull. Towards the end of summer
you will se a lot of juvenile bluegill. Smaller bluegill are usually not very
colorful and this is when I throw the female pattern."
"If I know that a particular lake has a lot of red ear or if I am sight
fishing and I notice that the bass are bedding close to the red ear nests,
thatís when I fish the red ear. Also if I graph a deep school of pan fish that I
think are red ear with some large fish close to them, I will throw the red ear.
The crappie is for when there is a lot of stunted crappie and the bass are
feeding on them. If I was going to fish just one of them, I would base my choice
on when and where I thought I would use the bait the most. I really think that
they all can be used for any of the applications but I generally try to match