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Tips for Using Swimbaits

How to work those swimbaits.

June 26, 2013
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Swimbaits, soft plastic lures that mimic the size and swimming action of baitfish, can be deadly for a variety of predators, from inshore sea bass and yellowtail to offshore mahimahi and tuna. While natural baitfish patterns perform well, don’t be afraid to experiment. Black or black/purple works great in low light, while bright colors work well in full sunlight. Try these tips to up your score.

Match
The key is to select a swimbait and lead-head jig combination that matches the size, shape and color of local forage.

Cast
You can cast and retrieve a swimbait, ripping the lure across the surface to entice breaking fish into striking.

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Dive
Swimbaits also catch game fish by allowing the lure to sink down to any level to reach deeper swimming targets.

Troll
Dragging a swimbait or two way back in your trolling spread is a great way to get bit, especially when fish are finicky or focusing on eating small bait.

Multiply
Rig a spreader bar, umbrella rig or Alabama rig with swimbaits and you can replicate a school of fish.

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