ME COACH YOU!
YOU NEED HELP FISHING SWIMBAITS AND CATCHING TROPHY SIZED BASS, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT
ME BY PHONE, OR E-MAIL WITH YOUR QUESTIONS.
Here is some of the equipment and techniques that I regularly use. They have helped
me fish Swimbaits with great success. The rod, reel, and line that I use are the
G-Loomis SWR10820-C rod, Shimano Calcutta 400-B reel, with Maxima 25 lb ultra
green mono, 60 lb power pro braid or lead core line. Many people use scents on
their baits. I use only one and that's "Pro Cure Trout Butter". It is
made entirely of trout, ground up into a paste and sold only by phone. It's expensive,
but worth the money. It doesn't come off and works for a long time.
DEADSTICKING TECHNIQUE, USED FROM A BOAT OR SHORE
I use this
technique when I have seen large bass in a particular area. I will throw a Huddleston,
ROF 0, with the hook tied to the top to hide it from the fish" or any floating
swimbait, far past the target or ambush point and slowly swim it over the spot.
When I say slowly, is just that. Make a mental note on the current or wind. Then
t wait. This is a patience game. It is tough even for me but I have success with
this method. Let the bait float over the spot and just twitch the bait every minute
or two ever so slightly. I use braid with a 5 foot fluorocarbon leader. The braid
floats and will not pull the bait down, as mono would, after being in the water
for a few minutes. When you get a bite, you will know it from the splash. After
the bite you have to wait, as if you were working a top water bait. Wait for the
rod to load up, then swing. If you get a solid hook up reel the fish in as fast
as you can and try not to let it jump. Remember, the more it jumps, the more of
a chance for it to become unbuttoned.
LINE TECHNIQUE, USED FROM A BOAT.
I usually use this technique in
the summer at deep water ambush points. When I say "long line" that
means lots of line. I use the 9 inch MS Slammer or Huddleston ROF 5 with the hooks
rigged on the bottom.
First I get to the spot, cast out the bait, open the bail, letting out another
50 yards or so of line. Then, using my trolling motor I slowly do figure eight's
around the ambush point. So the middle of your troll sends the bait towards the
spot. My theory for long lining is that some fish know when they see a boat, a
bait is soon to follow. Using the "long line" technique it takes longer
for the bait to pass after the boat goes by. Causing fish let their guard down
because its not what they are used to. I use mono because I want the bait to get
down, but not drag the bottom to much as to be unnatural.
I use this technique in deep water with lead core
line, with any floating swimbait, or the ROF- 0, with the hooks rigged on the
top and bottom. I let out enough line to take the bait to the bottom 6 feet of
the lake and troll very slowly, holding my rod in a horizontal position to keep
the bait down in the strike zone. I use a 5-6 foot fluorocarbon leader with this
AND RUN TECHNIQUE, USED FROM BOAT OR SHORE.
I love to use this technique from the shore line, bringing the bait from the shallow
water towards the deep water. I throw the bait out ROF-12 or 16 and let it sink
to the bottom and wait a minute. Then slowly work it like you would a jig and
move it up in 6 inch to 1 foot increments, in sets of 3 reps, waiting 2 minutes
a trophy bass knows everything that goes on in its domain and knows your bait
is there. Curiosity will make them come and investigate your bait. The Huddleston
is designed to sit on the bottom, perfectly balanced, to imitate a resting trout.
After three sessions of moving your bait it will look like its trying to escape
by reeling in and swinging half of your setting motion. Chances are that's when
your bait will be attacked just for trespassing.
SLOW ROLL TECHNIQUE, USED FROM BOAT OR SHORE.
Probably the best and most used method for sinking Swimbaits ever. Cast and wait
for your bait to hit the bottom and then slow roll it along the bottom, working
the rocks, edges of docks and brush piles while frequently stalling the bait.
You will loose baits frequently with this technique so I recommend 60 lb Power
Pro braided line to minimize losses.
AND REEL TECHNIQUE, USED FROM BOAT OR SHORE.
I use this method on
waters that I am not familiar with. This is the give away technique. I use it
to find trophy bass hideouts. I bring them out and make them follow the bait to
see fish size. Larger fish will usually not feed using this technique, but they
will give themselves, and there ambush spots away. If you find a trophy worthy
fishing for, mark your spot, and come back an hour later using another technique
to target that fish. Do not cast after the give away. Be as quiet as you can and
don't upset the fish. This will help you later when you come back and use the
slow roll or the bump and run methods.
have used these techniques on numerous lakes with great success. With 50+ 10lbs
Bass under my belt, I guarantee if you try them, and stick with them, they will
pay off, time and time again!