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Resolution 6 - Go Swimming

Sat, January 07, 2017

Okay, so I know that the collection of baits in the photos below do indeed catch some bass and some really good ones at that.  However, I just can’t seem to put down my confidence baits in favor of any of these varied lures that are generally categorized with “Swim” as part of their names.

Swim Jigs

Swim Jigs

Got a pile of these baits from a couple different manufacturers including some designed by “Stream Stalker” Jonn Graham that I picked up several years ago at the Elmwood Outdoors Show.  My logs indicate seven bass in 2013 and two in 2014 in limited use as I’ve never really given them a fair shot despite their successful track record in Jonn’s blogs and personal correspondence with an angler in our Top 5 project.

Swimbaits

Swimbaits 2

Swimbaits

During the three year run of the Top 5 I have received more than a few pics of some monster fish caught on some monster swimbaits but I have yet to take the plunge.  Very tempting but haven’t been able to convince myself to trade quantity for the quality bite. 

So the goal is to catch some fish on each of these two bait categories from something pictured in the collections above as I’ve got plenty to choose from and the price tag on some new swimbaits in particular scare me half to death.  Definitely double digits on most of the hard bait type swimbaits which are pretty much out of my price range these days so I’ll stick with the low budget models I’ve got. 

However, one did catch my eye on a major online tackle retailer that sells for $439.99.  The order page actually has a blank for quantity too, like I would buy more than one.  Dang, I think I’d be better off mounting that thing on the wall than the trophy it might catch as I would definitely not throw something in the water that carried such a price tag. 

Can you imagine snagging that thing in a submerged tree or having a fish break you off?

I’d have to add regular old swimming to my resolutions as I’m going overboard after that baby.  Talk to you later.  Troy

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