New swimbait fishermen are full of misconceptions. The most dangerous to your success is an assumption that big bass will hit a swimbait really hard. While this MIGHT happen, it is far more likely that the bite will be a subtle but clear “tick”. If you’re waiting for a bone-jarring strike you will miss the biggest bites of your life. Pay close attention to this underwater footage and you’ll notice that the biggest fish seem to calculate their strikes while smaller fish lash out aggressively. 

Its also important to note that bass are far more likely to completely engulf soft baits while hardballs almost always end up on the outside of the fish’s mouth. With this in mind, its extremely important to control hard bait fish as their aggressive head shakes are very likely to rip the hooks out during the fight. You have time to make a few more changes to your gear as well as to your mindset before Spring arrives. Take the steps to prepare and this will be the year you catch a giant bass!

Below is a breakdown of the baits in the video as well as some of our most consistent swimbaits for big, prespawn fish. We also included links to our favorite swimbait equipment along with some “budget” options. 

Favorite Spring Hard Baits… 

-S Waver 200 and 168 (Light Trout):

-Baitsanity Explorer Glide (Trout, Shad):

-Storm Arashi Glide (Bluegill, Oikawa Mesu):

-Jackall Gantarel (HL Bluegill, RT Spawn Gill):

Favorite Spring Soft Baits… 

-Savage Gear Pulse Tail Trout (Trout, Hitch):

-Huddleston 8″ (Trout, Hitch):

-Little Creeper 8″ Trash Fish (Shad, Hitch):

-Osprey Tournament Talon 6″ (Chart Shad, Bluegill):

Hook/Split Ring Upgrades… 

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 5 and 6):

-Owner ST-36 Trebles (1X strength, sizes 1/0 and 2/0):

-Owner ST-56 Trebles (3X Strength, Size 2 and 1/0):

Favorite Rod/Reel Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 35 lb Sunline FC-100:

Budget Rod/Reel Combo… 

Rod- Dobyns Fury 806H:

Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 30 lb:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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