Hardbody Swimbait Setup (Rod/Reel/Line) - Ricky Harris

Sun, March 27, 2022

Large hardbody swimbait fishing is one of the most popular, yet misunderstood concepts for catching big bass when it comes to the proper gear for this technique. Ricky Harris from Omnia Fishing is here to show the proper setup when it comes to throwing plus-sized hard swimbaits and glidebaits for big bass. With "smaller" glidebaits and hard swimbaits in the 5-6 inch range, a Medium-Heavy action rod in the 7'3" to 7'6" range is ideal. Once you step up to the larger 7-10" glidebaits and swimbaits, it is important to use a Heavy action rod to handle the increased weight of these larger baits. A 6.4:1 gear ratio is ideal to maintain the perfect swimming action and to not pull away from fish as they to attack and eat the bait. As far as line goes, fluorocarbon in the 17-20 pound test range is ideal to keep the bait down in the water column and give a true swimming action, as opposed to monofilament or braided line, which will cause the bait to rise towards the surface on the retrieve.

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