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Written By: Pete Wolf (from http://www.swimbait.com/)


Rigging the bait straight is important and can be done quite easily. The most important thing is to thread the hook through the bait in one continuous movement. If you stop half way and then keep going, you'll probably wind up going a slightly different direction and the bait will run lopsided. As you thread the bait the hook should come out the back of the bait in the right position naturally. If you find yourself stretching the swimbait or bunching it up while you rig the bait, you are doing something wrong. A good idea when you are first rigging baits is to hold the bait next to the jig head and use the point of the hook to mark where the hook should come out. Aim for that spot and you should do ok.

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Trap Rigging:

As the popularity of using swimbaits to catch a wide variety of fish keeps growing, the need for more rigging techniques also appears.  One of these techniques is to rig the swimbait with a small "trap" hook in the tail.  This method has proven deadly on species such as trout, sunfish and perch.


Most colors will catch fish in the right conditions.  A good rule of thumb to follow is dark conditions = dark colors, light conditions = light colors.  Another determining factor can be what your target species is feeding on.

Size & Weight:

Under most conditions the mid-sized baits (4 and 5 inch) are the ones to start with.  The weight of the jig head depends on personal preference, depth fishing, target species, type of retrieve, etc.  For 4 inch baits the most popular range is 3/8 oz. - 3/4 oz.  For 5 inch baits the range is 1/2 oz. - 1 oz.  Shallow water, short strikes, shallow fish, or noticing small baitfish in the area are all good reasons to switch to a 3 inch bait.  Deeper water, larger fish, larger baitfish, and aggressive fish are reasons to switch to a 6 or 7 inch bait.  Another reason to switch to a larger bait may be to prevent catching small or unwanted fish.


As with all types of fishing experimentation is the most crucial aspect. Try new things until you find what is working. Once you find something that works vary that method/technique slightly and continue to hone your skill and knowledge. Remember that confidence plays a major role in any style of fishing - especially when using artificial lures. 

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