Whenever a new lure or technique comes along, it takes awhile for an angler to learn its idiosyncrasies and how to make it work best for him. The hot, new soft-bodied swimbaits are a perfect example. When I got my first package of Berkley Hollow Bellies, I headed to Lake Murray. I rigged one with the weighted hook packaged with the lures and was amazed at how realistic the bait looked in the water. The colors were fabulous, and it swam great. The fish loved it, too. I got 14 bites that day.
Unfortunately, I never landed any because I couldn’t get the hook into them. I was so frustrated that I began to think that maybe it wasn’t a good system. But after I talked with friend and bass pro Larry Nixon about my troubles, he straightened me out. I’ve added a few wrinkles of my own, and I’m here to tell you I love fishing swimbaits.
Here are some of the tricks that work for me when fishing soft-bodied swimbaits.