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Old 09-05-2009, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just obtained a 7 ft. med-heavy St Croix Mojo for the purpose of swimbaiting. I just purchased a Strike King King Shad and wanted to have the right combo before using it. A buddy of mine said many guys fishing swimbaits use a round baitcast reel to accomodate more line. With that being said, I broke out an old Abu Garcia Ambassador. Is this a good combo for swimbaits?

Also other than reeling it straight in or taking an occasional pause is there any special presentation I should be doing?

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Old 09-06-2009, 12:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I say fish it with what ever reel feels comfortable to you. Personaly, when i fish a swimbait, I like to use a heavy action rod. There is one other way that not too many people use to fish a swimbiat, and that is to work it like a jig on the bottom. You will be supprized on how well that works.
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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work it like a jig bottom bumping?
i use saltwater swim baits in the summer time.
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I guess we are talking about soft swimbaits? Take a weedless Jig head, hook it thru the nose and out the back. I take a small piece of old plastic worm and put that on the end of the hook tip to further the weedguard. Now, the lure will dive head first and you can bump it up and down to resemble a feeding bait fish. I use a 5" swimbait in this fashion with much success. I use spinning gear, so use whatever reel you feel comfortable with. Rod choice is H to M/H w/ a fast tip. Also, I fish with 50 lb braid as you may encounter some heavy cover along the bottoms.
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The Abu round reels will be fine for swim baits. Strong enough for big bass, enough line capacity for long casts, and the slower retrieve will be just about right for a swim bait. The King shad and other hard body swim baits are pretty much, just cast and retrieve. Vary the speed until you find the right speed to produce an enticing swimming action. Try to swim the baits over submerged cover. Swim baits have a tendency to draw folowing fish. Bass will trail the bait all the way to shore or to the boat but never commit. Use this to your advantage by casting to deep water and pull the fish into shallow points. Make the same cast across a point several times and this can load the point with fish. If they wont hit the swimbait, throw a worm to the same area and you might be able to catch several bass that were just curious before. Another trick with the swim bait is the stop and jerk. If you can see fish folowing it, pause and snap the line, and then give it some slack. Done correctly this will make the bait turn around. Bass will strike a bait that they were folowing, if it turns to look at them. The last trick I have learned on swim baits is to swim the bait in a circle 8 at the boat after a retrieve. Musky anglers do this to catch wary followers at the boat and it works on swim bait bass as well.
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Been practicing with this lure for a few days. It doesn't get EXTREMELY deep. Is that normal?
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I think the King Shad is available in 3 models. one is a surface wake bait, one runs shallow to medium and one is deep, but even that would be relative to other factors such as line size and type. To get maximum depth you should use a fluorocarbon line in the smallest lb size that works for the size fish anticipated. Mono and Braid both have a tendency to float, fluoro sinks. Make long casts and use a slow retreive. If you still want it to go deeper,you can also use sticky weights on the bottom of the lure or lead wrap on the hook. You might try a split shot weight 2-3 ft in front of the lure. Test these options tp see how the bait runs.
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Will do, thanks!!!
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
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There is one other way that not too many people use to fish a swimbiat, and that is to work it like a jig on the bottom. You will be supprized on how well that works.
This method ABSOLUTELY works....This past week we fished 5" Swimbaits using a 6/0 weighted hook with a screwlock. We had Musky follows constantly, with a few good smacks at the side of the boat, but also picked up 2 nice Walleye while letting it settle to the bottom. These lures can be fished anywhere in the water column.

As ProReel stated, if you're in Musky country, a figure 8 at boatside will solicit heart stopping strikes!! If you've ever had a 50" Musky explode at your lure at the side of the boat, you know what I mean!!!



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Old 09-15-2009, 08:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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All good tips. You may also find a few of these helpful. Tight lines, Steve
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