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  • The Art of Swim Bait Fishing

    When you start talking about fishing a swim bait, my ears perk up as it is one of my favorite baits besides being one of my most productive. Over the past 10 years I have caught more fish on swim bait than any presentation I have fished. The thing that is a key to fishing a swim bait is to realize its versatility; itís a shallow bait, a deep bait, a bait you can fish in cover and a bait you can find multiple presentations to fish it on.

    The production of products that allow you to fish swim baits are enormous, you have traditional swim bait hooks/heads some with open hook for fishing up in the water column, swim jigs that have weed guards and skirts that allow you to fish around cover and belly waited hooks that allow you to fish in cover by hooking the swim bait and covering the point of the hook. You can also add them to the traditional vibrating jig look and give a bait some chatter and movement you wouldnít normally have along with different weighted heads to fish it deep or lightly weighted to fish it shallow.

    The key to swim bait fishing is to always be in position to set the hook, I know as a guide I hand one to a customer and they are trying to drop the nose of the rod when they set the hook. Most of the time unless the bass are aggressive you will miss the fish when you do this. You need to be in position set the hook seamlessly bye having your arms and hands in the ready position to accomplish this. This means pulling the bait more in a parallel position with the bottom and leaving your arms where the only movement needed to set the hook is the quick pulling and snapping parallel to the water and set immediately by not dropping the point of the rod. Remarkably like fishing a spinner bait, but I find they hold on to a spinner bait longer most of the time than they do a swim bait. Work your swim bait with different presentations, stop it, drop it, fish it fast and slow and you will catch fish!

    Fish Lake Guntersville Guide Service
    Email: bassguide@comcast.net
    Call: 256 759 2270
    Capt. Mike Gerry