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Swimbaits

The introduction of the swimbait has taken the fishing community by storm. It's no surprise with the versatility of these baits. From the slow and subtle to the fast and furious these baits catch fish. In this article you’re going to learn tips, tricks, and many different techniques to catch fish using Primal Chase's new line of swimbaits. 

           Let's start with water temp, and why it plays a major role in your fish catching success. Cold water 35-50 degrees’ fish are on the slow side, so using an aggressive presentation won't work as well as a slow presentation. For this water temp use a smaller, lighter swimbait. Cast it out, and let it hit the bottom. Once on the bottom take out the slack, give the bait a small hop, and just let it fall again. You want the bait to appear to either be feeding on the bottom, or injured. Most strikes will happen when the bait is free falling back down. Another presentation you can use is a very slow retrieve with a few stops along the way. Tip #1 - Think slow in cold water, and when you think you’re going slow go slower. 

          As the water warms between 50-70 degrees’ fish really become active, and aggressive. This is the time of the year where swimbaits shine, and don't be afraid to go to a bigger size bait. I've found the best presentation is a medium steady retrieve while lifting, and lowering the rod. The bait should swim back to you in an up/down formation. A steady retrieve with a few twitches works well also. Tip #2 - If your fishing an area and you see fish busting the surface try the drop fall presentation under them. Most of the time the bigger fish stay under the bait schools and let the bait fall to them.

          Once the water temp hits the 70-80-degree mark mostly all the bait fish are on the larger side, so throwing a big swimbait is going to produce the majority of your strikes. In water this warm fish are less motivated to feed, so triggering a strike is crucial. A faster steady retrieve with a few hard jerks is your best options. Don't give the fish a chance to think about whether it wants to eat it or not. Burn it by it, and force it to make a quick decision to eat it or not. Tip #3 - Fish don't want to use up valuable energy crashing a bunch of small bait if they can eat 1 big meal.

~Nick Lary