They’re big, realistic and expensive, but big bass truly love swimbaits. If you’re looking to get into this ever-growing craze, here’s a partial list of top baits to get you started…
It’s Armageddon for Big Bass!
Ten and a half inches long and weighing a full 7 ounces, 3:16 Lure Co.’s “The Armageddon” is not a bait for anglers with weak hearts. While you may not get a ton of bites on a giant bait like this, the ones you get are likely to be very big.
The bait is put together very nicely and features pimped-out stuff like a polyurethane body which gives it positive buoyancy, Owner 2X Stinger Hooks and and a graphite hinge that will flex rather than break.
According to 3:16, the Armageddon “will swim nicely across the surface like a lazy trout, triggering violent strikes.”
The only downside: the $250 price tag. Just make sure your knots are good!!
Not Just Soft Baits Anymore
One of the earlies producers of big trouty-looking swimbaits, Castaic Soft Bait, Inc. has jumped into the hard bait market with its new Rock Hard Platinum Series.
The company teamed up with big bass guru, Mike Long, to design these new baits which come in 8 and 10-inch sizes and both are avilable in floating or slow sinking models. The RH comes in 5 colors — rainbow trout, baby bass, golden shiner, blue shad and green shad. $49.99
Looks as good as the real thing
Thanks to a meticulous hand-pour process and an extreme attention to detail, Mattlures makes some of the most realistic softbaits you’ll ever see, including the Bluegill Series.
All the baits in the bluegill lineup are 5 inches in length and weigh 1.75 ounces.
In addition to the male bluegill pattern shown here, MattLures offers a female bluegill, talapia, read-ear sunfish and crappie. And the Ulitimate Bluegill Series offers up even more choices. $19.95
A little more bite-sized
There are times when the bass are in some kind of mood and you need to throw a little bit smaller bait at them. Enter the 6-inch Huddleston Deluxe Trout, the baby brother of the original 8-inch model. It’s offered with two different rates of fall and 6 color schemes.