A Fisherman’s Guide to Swimbaits

A Fisherman’s Guide to Swimbaits

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Swimbaits may be seemingly identical to crankbaits, yet bass fishermen are showing an increased interest in using swimbaits during their bass excursions since more luring action can be obtained, whereas traditional crankbaits have hard bodies and no tail action, which means the lure will not emulate smaller plankton or worms which attract the bass. Invented to mimic what rainbow trout look like, swimbaits are found in Plano tackle boxes around the world. We’ll look deeper into the world of swimbait and whether you’ll benefit from its usage.


Injection molded using plastisol, these baits form their various shapes, colors and sizes based off individual molds created during manufacturing. After reaching a peak temperature of 325 degrees, the plastisol softens enough to allow color, various salts or other glittery additions to be added. No two manufacturers will package, or create, similar crankbaits since different plastisol consistencies are available at different temperatures. Perhaps the most important end manufacturing process for swimbaits is the tail creation. Vital for the lure effect, tails come in two different forms.

Swimbaits and their Tails

The distinctions between the two major swimbait tail shapes – wedge and boot – are purely based off preference since both have equally great underwater movement qualities. Wedge shaped swimbaits will give fishermen the ‘S’ motion, perfect for capturing largemouth bass or striped bass. This slightly more proportioned swimbait will vibrate the rod tip slightly when reeling in dry lines, making the lure more appealing to fish in nearby proximities.

Older than its wedge-style cousin, the boot shaped swimbait offers a disproportioned design concept, creating an imbalance which emulates a rocking motion, nearly the perfect situation for hungrily approaching bass prepared to latch onto your lure. Generally, the boot shaped baits will have oblong heads with slender bodies yet vary depending on which manufacturer you’re shopping with.

Ideal Uses

Where there’s clear water or shorter depths, swimbaits offer the best visual acuity for both fishermen and bass. Many of Minnesota’s lakes, or anywhere largemouth or smallmouth bass are found, are ideal locations to bust out your swimbaits. Depending on what preference of motion you wish to see when reeling your line in, both wedge or boot shapes have incredible fishing benefits. Experienced trout fishermen also use these baits occasionally when water depths permit it.

Where there’s murky waters, swimbaits need to have much louder or ‘fuller’ motions, meaning the tails or bodies need to make wider motions underwater since bass use their partial echolocation abilities to locate prey, and the lures will have a better chance of attraction if making bigger ‘splashes’, so to speak.

Keep In Mind…

Swimbaits have begun growing in popularity since they’re affordable to replace, have numerous color options and work perfectly when short casting. If you’ve heard these lures called ‘paddle tail’, don’t fret; they’re simply referencing the wedge shaped tails offering the paddling, or ‘S’, motions since they’re one in the same.


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