I get asked a lot about swimbait fishing, weedless swimbait fishing, and the hook up ratio. A lot of times when your fishing those Skinny Dipper style swimbaits the fish will bite the bait and swim towards you.
You won’t get the right hook penetration when they drop slack in that line. A lot of times the way I combat that is I cast out there and fish it over grass or whatever it might be and as I’m reeling it back I point my rod tip straight towards the swimbait.
That way when the fish eats it and pushes it towards me I feel it. I feel it all the way down to my reel and with the braided line I’ve got the most sensitivity all the way down to my reel. So when I feel that bite I’ve got from all the way down there to all the way back up here to set and take up all the slack in one hookset.
A lot of times when your fishing a swimbait and your rod tip is way up here and your slow rolling it if it bites and pushes that bait towards you, you don’t have that hooking power or all that sweep there.
So keep that in mind if you’re getting those bites that come towards you. Keep your rod tip straight towards that swimbait and when they eat it you’ve got all that room to set the hook. A lot of times too when you’re working a swimbait like this in a non swimbait matter and you’ve got the big heavy rod it’s kind of a moderate action jig rod is what I like to use.
(This is a MegaBass Black Jungle Series Power Versatile Rod 7’4) It’s got a lot of meat to it with that 40 LB braid and you don’t have to set the hook that hard. If you’re fishing a mat like this whether it be a buzz frog or a swimbait like this when that fish blows up on it all you’ve got to do it drop the slack and give her a nice little sweep.
This is braided line. Whether you have 40 feet out or 4 feet out it’s not going to stretch, it’s got zero stretch. Rely on your rod for that power whether it be a toad, a frog, or a swimbait like this rely on your rod for the power because your line is not going anywhere.
It’s not going to flex or stretch on you so if that fish blows up on you on that swimbait like so just drop the slack, load it up, and give it a nice sweep.