How to Fish a Swimbait
Swimbait Fishing Guide
Swimbaits are one of the most realistic lures available to fishermen today and also one of the most challenging techniques to master. Magnum sized baits of 8" or larger often come to mind when the term swimbait is used to classify a lure, however, that's not the case. In fact, with the ever growing popularity of the swimbait style lures anglers now have a wide variety of sizes and styles to more accurately suit their needs including baits as small as 3" in length. While the jumbo size swimbaits can be extremely effective, most fishermen have grown comfortable with baits that range from 5"-8" in size and mimic a vast array of forage species bass feed upon. With all the options now at anglers disposal it can be very challenging finding the perfect bait and subsequently, pairing it with the right gear.
- Rod: Swimbaits weighing less than 1oz can typically be employed with a standard 5 power casting rod. The larger baits weighing over 1oz may require a light swimbait rod. As we reach swimbaits weighing 3oz+ its imperative to use a specialized swimbait rod with an appropriate lure rating.
- Reel: The most important aspects required of a swimbait reel are a high line capacity and drag capable of handling both the heavy bait and large fish. Low profile options include the Daiwa Lexa 300, Shimano Curado I and Abu Garcia Toro S. Round reels are a must for anglers tossing the truly large baits - we suggest the Shimano Calcutta D or Daiwa Luna.
- Line: Different styles of swimbaits require different line types. When using topwater wakebaits braided line is a great choice due to it's buoyancy that doesn't restrict the lure's action. Soft plastic swimbaits can be used with either fluorocarbon or monofilament in line sizes ranging from 15lb - 30lb based on the lure's weight. The choice between mono and fluorocarbon is largely based upon angler preference.