The Most Effective Swimbaits

there’s a lot of bait talk out there all
the time about you know what baits this
whatever and I’ve done some articles
about it and you know one of them was
quest for the Cure
you know guys looking for that perfect
bait that’s gonna solve all their
problems of why they’re not catching
fish and in my opinion there is no
perfect bait
there’s baits for specific situations
and there’s baits that work for specific
anglers so I’m just gonna take this
opportunity to kind of go over my top
five favorite swim baits of all time
they were perfect for me they may not be
good for somebody else but they worked
great for me I’ll list the reason why
and I’ll break down the details the ins
and outs the particulars of said baits
so we’ll start it off just kind of in
chronological order of discovery and the
first of that is the 3/16 baby wake when
I first got into throwing big baits and
I was stuck on the shore this was the go
to night time pond hopping bait this
little bait is a fish catching machine
it’s a blast to fish there’s several
different ways you can retrieve it in
order to encourage strikes what I often
found was a real simple slow methodical
retrieve where you didn’t get any sound
coming out of the bait just a nice
little wobble up there on the surface
just kind of causing a little wake with
the occasional pause of where you give
it a little twitches with that causes
the bait to kind of flip and gives a
little splash and then instantly flip
back again and gives it another little
splash so you got this wobble going
through the water to a and then pause
again and then start that little
retrieve it was such a fun bait to fish
I don’t really fish it anymore
I’ve got hundreds of fish on them but
such a killer little starter bait and
it’s probably still great for a lot of
dudes right now I went through my fair
share of these over time I have two left
now they’re both in the baby bath my
favorite color they’re brand new and
I’ll probably just keep holding onto
them they’re killer little baits next on
the list is the Det silent killer 250
might look a little deceiving because
the silent killer
traditionally have that lip sticking out
here but all that takes is a simple
hammer break that bad boy off and now
you have a slide swimmer but it’s a slow
sinking slide swimmer so what you got to
end up doing is adding a bunch of weight
into the actual slots that are built in
right here this happens to be my
favorite color
I can’t remember the specific name but I
think it represents a wide variety of
fish through it when there’s trout in
the water through it in late fall maybe
they were thinking it was a carp I don’t
know but prior to these being widely
available in the US you’d end up getting
them off eBay or some online dudes on
the forms or whatever selling different
baits to think that I was buying them at
89 bucks not a lot of guys were throwing
them you’re just getting insane
responses from the fish there’s
literally like they had never seen
something like this before they’d come
out all fired up and just chew the bait
this one’s been retired because I’ve
bent that line tie and I’ve bent it back
and forth so many times that I know it’s
just a matter of time before that’s just
going to break off so it it’s been
retired it hangs on the shelf now it’s
got a little bit of dust on it I’ve got
a lot of fish on this bait but there you
have it depths silent killer 250 been
modified to be a slide swimmer and not
long after the depth silent killer I
came into the Hinkel trout I had hit up
Hinkle and told him you know I had like
this glide bait style thing going on and
he expressed a he had a bait very
similar in action at first he actually
gave me a nine-inch version of this same
bait it just didn’t kind of have the
same action I was looking for it was a
little bit tighter a little less stable
so we ended up swapping it out and he
actually gave me this this is the
prototype for what everybody now has as
the Hinkel trout couple key differences
with it is it has a very traditional
swim bait hinge in there but the real
secret is inside the joint as we have
rubber bumpers so the bait is relatively
quiet once that joint hits together I
don’t know how well you can hear that
but it’s pretty much non-existent
because when the baits in the water
rarely is it hitting that hard
another key feature about this bait is
it’s a super slow sinker almost to the
point where it floats sometimes but I
fish it on fluoro so that ends up
bringing it down in order to counteract
the bait rising up and it’s no longer
here but I did drill in and put a large
tungsten nail down the throat of the
bait that way just kind of putting
weight up in the head to make it stay
down to counteract that line pulling it
up overall though this bait performed
really really well this is extremely
realistic had that mute paint job it’s a
rattle-can job that Andrew originally
did I ended up rubbing so much off of it
that I’d just rattle canned silver on it
on my own and that’s what I ended up
catching the 17 on this bait with just
silver spray paint nothing else I still
think that this is probably one of the
best glide baits ever made this specific
bait there are very few baits out there
that I’ve seen swim how this bait does
after the glide bait thing kind of
started wearing out on me and it seemed
like they weren’t so responsive I had to
go back to those soft baits and I
mentioned it in another video I had
fished the hood a lot and the hood is by
far probably the most widely successful
soft bait of all time it is responsible
for so many big fish it is consistent it
is affordable just you couldn’t ask more
from a soft bait the only issue I had
with it was a lot of guys were fishing
it it’s easy access so a lot of dudes
were throwing it I needed something that
kind of like separated my stuff from
other dudes
so I started throwing the bait Smith now
I didn’t like the original bait Smith’s
that were solid white kind of lackluster
paint jobs on them but when he started
doing the new stuff and selling it on
eBay and it had just these impeccable
paint jobs on them clear plastic
extremely eye catching it also has a
different action than HUD so that kind
of sets it apart whereas with the hood
you get a little bit of a wider tail
kick this is a little bit more subtle
it’s kind of a little there’s not a lot
going on there but I think that was good
at the time because it was almost just
like cutting through the water it still
had some pull on your rod but it’s just
cutting through the water there’s real
subtle just like a trial
it’s just kind of clueless swimming
through the water in all honesty though
there’s some serious drawbacks with the
bait any user should know that when
fishing this they need to do some
serious maintenance on it in order to
really make it work I think we’ve all
kind of heard about stinger issues this
breaking off I found a remedy for it
never had any issues with this breaking
off but definitely broke harnesses in
the early stages whether you know
throwing it into a spot shockingly
breaking on water once I sorted that out
I had no issues with the bait it always
held up if there was something it was
something I could fix but what I would
do is I would cut open the bottom of the
bait I pull out the harness and just
like rebar and concrete I would drive
steel wire down through the foam all the
way through the front of the bait out
the back side of the phone that just
reinforced the foam just enough so that
when it was making contact with things
it would flex but it wouldn’t break and
even if it did break all that wire was
in there so it was relatively a
non-issue another thing that I witnessed
with this bait versus say a hood it’s
with the hood it really folded up in the
in the mouth well whereas this baits a
lot stiffer so you you don’t really get
that fold up action it takes a lot of
pressure right now for me to fold this
bait in half and even then I still have
about four and a half five inches of
bait so the Stinger hook was always very
key to me and if you notice you can see
that there’s a lot of bites back here
with the way that that that paint has
been removed a lot of fish come up and
we’re grabbing it back like this or from
the way I hook them it seemed as if
that’s how they were grabbing it maybe
they’re a headshotting it but if you
look closely there’s not a lot of paint
missing up here a lot of damage to the
front and that’s from fishing in against
rocks things like that but all that
damage is done back here for the most
part my rig up on it is a 65 single
strand steel leader wire with two a two
crimps on a size to decoy hook also
other little bells and whistles I would
do is I’d cut the fins so that you get a
little bit more flair to them I don’t
know if it actually mattered it mattered
in my mind so that’s the most important
thing I guess and then I would always
upgrade those eyes
put in little glass eyes just feel like
it just give it that a little extra
flash extra realism got a lot of big
fish up into the teens on this bait
maybe not this specific one even though
this one’s caught a lot of fish but just
the bait Smith Magnum in general and
last I’m a little bit biased on this one
but the battle shad 9.0 I designed the
bait I designed it for a reason and it’s
far exceeded my expectations of it the
7.5 is a killer killer little bait but I
feel like the 9.0 just kind of gives me
that upper edge it weeds out some of the
smaller fish and just really draws in
the big bites my favorite thing about
this bait is the versatility where I can
pretty much fish it anywhere I want to I
can throw it into the nastiest stuff and
99.9% of the time if the baits rigged
right it’s gonna come through there when
you get bit on this bait you know you
got bit
there’s no nibbling about it that’s the
other thing I love so much about it it
really brings back the thrills of swim
bait fishing and swim bait bites where
you know you got bit it’s a serious
that’s what you feel I think the fish
just absolutely just suck the bait in
there’s no second guessing it on them I
don’t notice I get a lot of followers on
the bait it’s just long cast retrieved –
boom getting drilled the bait has a lot
of flex to it so just with that one
single swim bait hook in my mind is
plenty enough if you fold the bait up
with relatively little pressure your
hooks right there there’s a lot of
folding that goes on there it’s
extremely flexible it’s got a real clean
look to it different than a lot of stuff
out there on the water really oversized
tall profile and a nice twisting action
of the tail I spent all last season on
it I caught a lot a lot of fish all in
different types of water it was just a
killer bait really really stoked on it
and that’s why it’s my number five again
I’m a little biased because I designed
the bait but who cares so there you have
it that’s my top 5 there’s some close
six seven and eight but for the
those are my top five best big fish
catching baits of all time if you have
any questions about these baits or you
want to share your top 5 feel free to
hit it down in the comments
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