Night Fishing 101: Swimbaits

Sun, Aug 21, 2011

Advanced Swimbaits, Night Fishing

A few short years ago the word “Swimbait” was virtually non-existent on the web. Today swimbaits are a hot topic on virtually every bass forum and the interest continues to rise. With all of the information out there its shocking how little has been spoken about fishing soft swimbaits at night. While I may not be the world’s leader on the topic I have seen my share of success and feel that I can shed some light where others have chosen to remain silent.
I intended to keep this video short and give a basic overview of the topic but as is often the case, I got to sharing information and the time went by quickly. The key tip to remember from this segment is that virtually any swimbait will work at night if you can cause the tail to kick at ultra-slow speed. Do not be afraid to modify your baits to achieve this and don’t get stuck on a particular brand.
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While most of my largest night fish have come on swimbaits that are 7″ and longer, I have seen some absolute giants caught on smaller 5-6″ baits as well. Do not be afraid to experiment but remember that when all else fails, slow down. If you go slow enough, the bass will come to you.
If you’re in need of a few baits to help you get started with your night fishing adventure I recommend tackle warehouse. Four of the five baits I mentioned are available here: Swimbaits at Tacklewarehouse

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8 Responses to “Night Fishing 101: Swimbaits”

  1. Phoenix Says:

    I do a lot of river fishing (Arkansas River). You got me started on jigs, and now I’m wanting to start throwing swim baits, any hints or advice for big river fishing? Do huddlestones naturally stay upright? I got that comment in Night Fishing 101, and I would rather spent premium money on something I KNOW will do what I expect, than to get something that may not.

  2. Ali Says:

    Matt,
    Incredible info and not just the night fishing content. How to fish through weeds, boiling baits, how to shake lures free; all secrets reviled :)

    Thanks and keep em coming!

    -Ali

  3. Matt Allen Says:

    Phoenix, There is no complete list. However, if you use the “Topics” drop down menu at the top it will let you select a wide range of topics. All of the videos have been tagged accordingly.

    Firetiger, Fishing in muddy conditions is very similar to night fishing. Go slow, fish close to cover and you’ll do just fine. Don’t be afraid of murky water.

    To everyone else, thank you for the support. I’m really glad you’re enjoying the series. :-)

  4. firetiger Says:

    Hey Matt,

    Great info. Can I assume that fishing in muddy or murky water is the same as night fishing? We have always been told that you want to fish swimbaits in clear water so the fish can see them. What about muddy water?

  5. Phoenix Moore Says:

    I saw one of your jig videos last night and was very impressed. I found Night Fishing 101a few minutes ago and, you really blew me away. Your “next door neighbor” teaching style is way beyond just being effective, it leaves me starving for more! Is there a complete listing of your videos?

  6. Joe Ashworth Says:

    Awesome Matt!! Thanks for the video.

  7. andrew Says:

    Yes. Great stuff Matt. Your input on swimbaits is always very systematic and intriguing. It really seems to be your thing. Keep it up.

  8. Everett +Jane Says:

    Matt Great info, just like all your reports that you give us, Thank you !!You be safe out there!!

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