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03-03-2008 05:29 PM
Re: The Bass Pros - Jason Quinn- Swimbait statement.

well i ant gona lie i bought my first swimbait from bass pro. it cost 14 dollars and its called one of them castaic threadfin shad. i tried it out in a pond to see wat it does and i had it on my new kvd burner reel. and when i threw it out u have to let it sink them reel it fast to get it going. if u reel it slow it want do nothen but roll over and have like no action in the tail and this surprised me cuz i didnt think i was gon have to reel it kinda fast so i dont think i will be able to slow roll disappointed.... iduno maybe i need to let it sink then try slow rolling it or somethn. i didnt realy try it long but ju slong enough to see wat it can do.
03-03-2008 04:28 PM
Re: The Bass Pros - Jason Quinn- Swimbait statement.

There was a time when the term swimbait met a large slow moving swimming lure.
The large jointed wooden lures that swam, date back to the early 1900's , so swimbaits are not exactly new.
The modern swimbait like Huddlestons are truly a slow presentation lure and strikes happen as often when they land on the water and sink a few feet as any other time in the casting retrieve.
Swindle and Quinn are about as hyper as KVD, so to them a lure retrieved a little slower than a water skier, is slow.
Today we are calling Sassy shads and Scrounger jigs swimbaits, they are loosing their identity.
Suggest you go back and read posts on swimbaits, they are not crank baits;
03-02-2008 08:10 PM
Re: The Bass Pros - Jason Quinn- Swimbait statement.

Originally Posted by Oldfart9999
The reason Quinn used the burner was to catch up to the fish that were hitting from behind & swimming toward him.
I understood that much, but it still goes against everything that I have heard about fishing a swimbait. I understand that bass that come up to hit the lure will sometimes "push" the lure, but fishing a burner still doesn't make sense to me. According to what Jason said, you want to wait a second or two before setting the hook, because the bass tend to key in on the tail action, instead of a kill shot toward the head (which also goes against a lot that I have heard about predator/prey relationships). With that being said, if he's saying that you need to fish it more or less like a topwater bait, then allowing the bass to take the lure for even a split second will allow enough time to react, reel down, and set the hook. I proved that today when that last bass I caught.

I brought the swimbait over a rock, twitched it hard, and she was swimming toward me. I let her have it long enough for her to turn a complete 90* angle from how she had come in. She was aggressive enough that she had inhaled the lure, and the hook set was true and solid.

03-02-2008 07:40 PM
Re: The Bass Pros - Jason Quinn- Swimbait statement.

The reason Quinn used the burner was to catch up to the fish that were hitting from behind & swimming toward him.
03-02-2008 04:08 PM
Re: The Bass Pros - Jason Quinn- Swimbait statement.

Stay tuned for my fishing adventures from today, coming up in the Gone Fishing board shortly.
03-02-2008 04:47 AM
Re: The Bass Pros - Jason Quinn- Swimbait statement.

CastAway, that is mighty fine information. I too have heard that the best, preferred way to fish swimbaits is the steady retrieve which keeps the tail in motion. But once the swimbait get the attention of the bass, it makes sense to me that a wounded fish action can certainly trigger a strike. These baits will get a huge amount of field testing this year and it will be interesting to see what techniques will work.
03-01-2008 03:46 PM
Re: The Bass Pros - Jason Quinn- Swimbait statement.

And here's another thought that I had. Anglers, from what I have heard, say that fishing a swimbait slow is best. Today, Quinn was using a burner reel...........a 7.1:1 gear ratio reel. Doesn't this defy everything that I have heard about fishing swimbaits?
03-01-2008 03:42 PM
The Bass Pros - Jason Quinn- Swimbait statement.

I readily admit that today was the first day in many years that I fished a swimbait style lure seriously. And from now on, I am addicted.

However, Jason Quinn, on the Bass Pros today, made the statement that allowing a swimbait to fall doesn't look natural to bass and they will reject the lure EVERY TIME, if you allow it to drop.

No disrespect to him, but I disagree. Today was a prime example that bass CAN and WILL hit a swimbait that is falling. I made a cast today and caught my 6 lbs. 11 oz. bass while it was FALLING.

My mother was being inquisitive when she saw that I was varying the retrieves and asked, "Is that a lure that you don't want to look like it's injured?" Now that I think about it, I see no reason why you couldn't fish it that way. I was fishing conditions today where a swimbait probably wasn't the best lure, but if you sit down and think about it, why couldn't you fish a swimbait as though it's a injured baitfish?

We have been told time and time again that big fish are programmed genetically to eat an injured or dying baitfish. Wouldn't this, when fishing a swimbait, result in MORE hits?

That one statement by Quinn just made me do a lot of thinking about swimbaits.

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