Author: Sandesh Sukhdeo
My Favorite Lures For Fishing From Land
15 Years Of Swimbait Action!
The first lure I ever used, was a swimbait. 15 years ago I started to fish my local community pond and all I caught were bluegill and crappie. Don't get me wrong as a five year old catching bluegill and crappie was quite fun. One day my neighbor was fishing with some type of lure and he was catching largemouth bass. I approached him and asked what kind of lure he was using? He showed me the packaging and asked me if I wanted his last one. Of course being the excited little kid I was I took the package marked "Storm Swim Shad" and I took the lure out tied it on and started casting. On my second cast I hooked up to a nice little bass, around the 1 pound mark. After that swimbaits were a essential part of my tackle box.
"To me the spooltek is the ultimate swimbait for pier and jetty fishing. Yes they are a bit pricey. But you get what you pay for. "
Fast forward 15 years, The swimbait is one of the most productive lures in exsistence. I carry about 15-20 swimbaits with me per trip.
My Favorite Swimbaits
1) D.O.A Cal Shad Tail - The smallest swimbait I will throw will be the standard D.O.A Cal Shad tail. I will rig it on a 1/4oz jig head and it will catch anything that swims.
2) Tsunami Swimshad (4 Inches) - The lure is 1oz and it helps to get the lure down a bit.
3) SpoolTek 6 Inch Fatty Series - My favoriteis the spooltek 6inch fatty series. This lure is 1 1/2 oz and is quite unique. The spooltek has a concealed steel cable leader to prevent fray in the mono or fluorocarbon leader. This bait has produced many tarpon, snook and redfish.
4) SpoolTek 9 Inch -The biggest bait I will throw is the spooltek 9 inch stretch series. This lure is 2 oz and has the same style leader that the 6 inch has. Any fish that takes this bait will be massive. One of my good buddies caught a shark on the 9 inch spooltek and the leader held up great. Later that night we used it for snook fishing and caught a snook first cast.
Tackle I Use For Throwing Swimbaits
My dedicated swimbait equipment is a 9ft Tackle Industries XXH Mag Fast Casting rod with a Daiwa Lexa 400 HD, it is spooled with 300 yards of 50lb test bullbuster braid and I use 50-60lb mono to fish the heavier swimbaits and 30-40lb mono to fish the smaller lures.
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