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.
How to Fish a Bass Bed with Patrick Walters
Sat, May 7
One of the most exciting times of the year to fish, the spawn can also be a challenging time for anglers to convince bedding bass into biting. Here, Patrick Walters shares how he looks for beds and how he approaches them to make calculated casts and trigger fish into biting.Video