The 9" SKT Swimmer is a large, soft plastic swimbait designed to imitate large forage species that trophy bass feed upon. This version, the 9" line through model, has been one of the most popular swimbaits for anglers targeting big bass in bodies of water such as Lake Fork, Amistad, Clear Lake, Guntersville and Douglass. The SKT Swimmer swimbait originally gained notoriety when Skeet Reese used the 6" model to win the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Smith Mountain Lake. The win not only proved the effectiveness of the SKT Swimmer, but also proved that big baits will work all over the country. The term "Line Through", or "Inline" as it is sometimes referred to, describes the baits rigging system. When tying on this bait the line is thread through the nose and comes out the body under the head where it ties to a treble hook below. The line through style baits are quite popular because they eliminate the fish's ability to use the bait as leverage when trying to shake free. When selecting between this model or a top hook model, its important to consider the retrieve you will employ. If bottom bouncing or creeping the bait along the bottom is your intent, we'd suggest the top hook. The 9" line through version of the Jerry Rago SKT Swimmer weighs a full 6oz, accordingly, anglers should make the proper tackle considerations when using this bait - it's truly a big bait.
Recently, the SKT Swimmer has returned into the spotlight due to the enormous amount of press it has received in national bass fishing magazines such as the "Day on the Lake" piece in the March issue of Bassmaster Magazine with Grant Goldbeck. Additional notoriety has been largely achieved through it's dominance in California and Texas bass tournaments in the past 18 months.