The Best Way On How To Rig A Swimbait

The Best Way On How To Rig A Swimbait

Having a properly rigged swimbait is almost a hundred percent assurance that you will get enough reward from your fishing spree. This will ensure that it does not veer off to the wrong side causing it to fail to perform its intended luring purpose. I will share with you the best way to rig a swimbait so that it hangs perfectly on your fishing line and stays secure.


Factors To Consider When Choosing A Swim Bait


There are three factors that should influence the size of your swimbait.

  • The size of the fish you intend to catch determines the size of your swimbait. For a large fish, use bigger baits and small bait for a smaller fish.
  • The bait - if the fishing gets tough, and for a long time you have no fish, you can try downsizing the swim baits to increase the chances of getting lucky.
  • Forge size-try to mimic what is naturally available in the system. For instance, you can have the size of your swimbait the same size as what already exists in the habitat.

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In clear water, semi-translucent baits work best since they camouflage perfectly.

To add the effect you can add some shiny paint. In shallow waters, you can use try baits which have the color of the beam such as green pumpkin, green, brown, purple and orange colors.

Colorful Fishing Lures

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Having your swimbait with appropriate girth, thickness and profile will always give you an upper hand when it comes to catching your preferred fish.

Speed and Action

Different baits swim at varying speeds when reeled at various speeds. The speed of water could also affect the rate of swimming of swimbaits. Take note on those that swim very well in water flowing at a slow speed and those which are likely to blow out in water that is flowing at a very high speed.

The action of swimbaits is also affected by the weight and the rigging. If you realize that something is not right, you can choose to either increase or reduce the weight or look for another hook of a different size.

Tail and Body Movement

Some swim baits have aggressive tail movements while for some swimbaits their bodies just roll and sway. If your target fish are aggressive try the swimbait with more action. For very clear water, a subtle swimbait is the most appropriate.

All this is meant to introduce an entirely natural bait impostor.

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Mastering the Hookset

Getting perfect at the swimbait hookset requires that you do lots of practice and have quite some patience. What you need to know is that you should wait to set the hook till the line gets taut. When the fish hits the bait, keep reeling till you feel the pressure then sweep-set.

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The Right Equipment to Use With Swimbaits

Fishing Line

I use the fluorocarbon line. The best weight for the line of medium size is 12-15 pounds, for jumbo baits I use a line of a weight that ranges from 20-25 pounds, heavy enough to get away with based on how clear the water is.

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Fishing Reels

I would advise you to use the traditional round-bodied reels. I prefer them to the modern reels. Use a bait caster with a low retrieve speed of about 6.3:1.

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Step-by-Step Procedure on How To Rig a Swimbait

Step #1: Put a tube into the gills of the fish and let it out through the anus of the fish.

Step #2: Push your leader through the tube all the way from the gills to the anus, then pull out the tube and leave the leader in place.

Step #3: To the leader, attach an appropriate hook. If you are using heavy monofilament leaders, you will need to make a knot and also use a metal sleeve and a crimping tool of appropriate size especially if you are using a wire leader of 49 strands.

Step #4: Stitch the mouth and the gills closed. This is the procedure you need to follow:

  • Loop a thread of length 40 cm over the gills to make sure that it lays under the head of the fish.
  • Thread the eye of your needle with both tags ends. Drive the needle down through the nose of your baitfish from top to bottom and in front of the under slung loop.
  • To create a puncture, utilize your awl.

Step #5: Put the needle on the fish, with it having both tag ends of the thread.

Step #6: Re-thread the needle and pass it via the eye tunnel of the fish with one tag end.

Step #7: Pull the thread through the eye with the tag. Thread the needle with the other tag end and pull it through the eye of the fish, but in the opposite direction.

Step #8: Knot the end tags together and ensure that the stitch is tight enough. To avoid having a knot that might lock before the stitch becomes tight, make a knot that slips.

Step #9: Make a puncture at the center of the head of the fish using your awl. This should be at a place far enough on the back of the head to allow for space for a bean sized sinker to be rigged under the head.

Step #10: Place some galvanized wire right through the puncture.

Step #11: Thread your sinker to the baitfish that you are rigging.

Step #12: Push the tag of the wire up through the hole made for the mouth stitch.

Step #13: Raise the leader to be protruding underneath the gills to a sharp angle to the head of the fish. You will have formed a towing bridle. Bend the protruding wire forward, then upward, and let it lay alongside the leader. Make firm wraps around the leader and head wire with the wire protruding from the top of the nose.

Step #14: Make a series of firm wraps around the leader with the tag of the protruding head wire.

Step #15: The result will be one that will have the fish secured on a bridle and the sinker under the head. These two are an assurance that the swim bait will move in an attractive manner when towed right from the rod tip.


With the knowledge on the step-by-step procedure, the factors to consider when choosing a swimming bait and the appropriate fishing equipment to be used with swim baits, I am sure that your fishing sprees are a guaranteed success. 

Make any comment and also let us know if anything that is of importance has been left out. Also, feel free to ask any question on anything which is not clear.

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Louella Trump

Hi there, I’m Louella Trump, an adventurous young lady who loves exploring our beautiful nature by traveling and fishing. I write so as to share my passion and experiences with fellow readers who enjoy fishing and traveling as one of their recreational activities. My primary objective in sharing my experiences while traveling and fishing is to basically inspire any like-minded person out there to stop at nothing and leave no stone unturned in ensuring that they explore their passion as much as they can.

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