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How To Choose A Swimbait

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:47 am
by NJenn
Here is what I look for in swim baits. The most important thing to me is movement. If the bait does not have a tremendous amount of wobble in the tail I don’t want it. I believe that the tail action has to cause the swim bait to act just like real bait in the water.

The next important issue to me is size. Some of the swim baits are either to big or small for the bait in your lake. Match the size of the bait and if the swim bait you are using is the wrong size, then change baits.

In Guntersville your swim bait selection has to be able to move freely through and over grass with out hang-ups, so be aware that your bait choice can be worked in the grass in Guntersville.

There are also versions of swim baits that are already weighted. Your choice in these types is also critical. Some of the weighted baits do not have much action, others drop without the tail moving and some I have seen fall tail first. My belief is that the swim bait must fall nose first, and the tail must keep moving on the drop. There are many versions out there that the tail just goes dead unless your pulling it. The tail movement must be consistent in all movement of the swim bait.

Swim baits can be a great addition to your tackle box but its critical that you pick the correct type!
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Re: How To Choose A Swimbait

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:59 am
by Alex Argyros
Do you tie your swimbaits with goose biots or with pheasant tails?

Re: How To Choose A Swimbait

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:20 pm
by Danny S
Precisely why I prefer to tie warm water flies using natural material for tails--primarily marabou and arctic fox for warm water flies. I like rabbit for imparting movement on smaller flies, including some flies for trout. This is for Alex-- :roll:

Re: How To Choose A Swimbait

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:35 pm
by Alex Argyros
Thanks Danny. As always, your ideas about fishing or fly tying are most welcome. And, it was nice to hear from you.

Re: How To Choose A Swimbait

Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:05 am
by Danny S
Aw shucks, Alex-- :oops: Seriously, was good to see a post from you. Thought maybe you had left the region for the summer.