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The one quality swimbait that won't break the bank.

Swimbaits are becoming all the more popular among Bass fisherman as freshwater anglers today are more ready to try new freshwater lures and other great new products in order to give them that edge or just to help them catch those trophy sized fish.

Though one of the major concerns with some of the latest and greatest swimbaits that have come onto the market has been their price. With some of the most expensive Swimbaits setting you back up to fifty dollars, it is possible to get a hold of some really good swimbaits products that work just as good as the high premium priced swimbaits for a fraction of the cost.

The Megabait Charlie Swimbait is just one of those swimbaits that works like a charm, yet won't cost you the earth, perfect for largemouth bass fishing.  

The Megabait Charlie Swimbait is a true hybrid freshwater lure, the Megabit Charlie has a lip just like you would find on a crankbait and  its design is centred around a soft plastic shell over a hard hollow core.  Whithin its core is a hollow sound chamber which has a number of tungsten balls which create a suprisingly low pitched knocking sound specifically designed to attract real trophy sized bass.

The exterior finish of this swimbait is very lifelike and has a very shiny holographic appearance which reflects light through the water from a great distance which makes its great for alerting hungry largemouth bass to its presence in the water.

Being a soft plastic bait the Megabait Charlie swimbait provides a more lifelike feel and therefore entices big bass to give a more committed strike. This will help stop Bass from 'short striking' or spitting out the bait before you get the chance of setting the hook.

The swimming action of this swimbait is very realistic, although as with any swimbait a bit of experimentation will help you decide what retrieve speed works best for you and produces the best results.

One of the best things about this swimbait is its versatility, you can use the lip to make the lure dive about three feet below the surface, with a pause you can let the bait suspend and on the slow retrieve you can let this swimbait work its magic with its low pitched knock and extremely lifelike swimming action, bass find the temptation irresistable.

Whether you use a slow or fast retrieve or jerk and stop this swimbait caters well for all techniques, so if one technique doesn't seem to work you can easily change your game plan without changing your lure.

With this swimbait I was a little worried about durability, with so many slits in the tail its understandable that this swimbait might not last as long as more expensive baits, though the Megabait Charlie has held up pretty well having fished with it for over a few months now, the color of these baits are impregnated into the plastic and although the bait has lost some of the glitter since I have purchased it, the swimming action of this swimbait along with its excellent ability to attract and catch large fish, especially in clear water has yet to fail me.

All in all the Megabait Charlie Swimbait is a great lure if your looking to add a few in-expensive swimbaits to your freshwater lure collection to help you with your Largemouth Bass Fishing.

P.S. If your looking for a true premium swimbait be sure to read this post.

Swimbaits The Latest Bass Fishing Craze

Buzzbait Tips and Tricks of the Elite Pros

Many weekend anglers don't get the full use of their buzzbaits and often will give an egg beater a quick few rips and opt for another freshwater lure.

This can be a big mistake!

Three times Toyota Tundra Master Kevin Van Dam says "When the fish are using shallow water cover, the buzzbait will flush them out."

Buzzbaits are a great tool for finding Bass in the shallows and are a great bait for checking out new areas to see if there are fish about.

Though its important to make a lot of casts over a large area before giving this bait away completely and going to other freshwater lures or moving on to areas areas, as some times it will take Bass a little while to respond to the ripping of a buzz.

Buzz Baits are a such a great bait to fish because they offer three of the four elements which lure Bass in and make them strike. Sound, sight and vibration, the only one missing is scent.

Buzz Bait Pro Secrets

Experiment: experiment by varying the ripping speeds and also don't be afraid of tweaking the blades, by cupping the blades more you can slow down your buzz bait or if you want to speed up your buzz bait then straighten the blades up slightly. Once you get a strike take note of the speed of the Buzz bait and try to keep it at that speed.

Nightime Buzzing: The great thing about Buzzbait fishing at night is that Bass feel more secure without the light of day so they are more comfortable in traveling a greater distance to hit a buzzbait than they would during the daytime. Tip: put a slight bend in your wired to prevent Bass short striking your bait.

Buzz all Seasons: Buzzbaits are not only just a hot heather lures, you can fish buzz baits in the very early spring and even during the winter. The trick is to fish late in the afternoon and use a super slow retrieve.

Clear water Buzzing: Buzzbaits are primarily used for shallow stained water, although with a little dressing up of your bait you can just as effectively buzz in clear water by using a smaller single bladed bait and select a bait with a lighter and brighter color.

Also use a faster speed and trim off half of the skirt, by using a faster speed and trimming off half the skirt of your buzzbait you distort the true image of the bait which gives Bass the impression of a tasty critter trying to get away. Also choose a Buzzbait with a more translucent lure for clearer water.

Change Directions: By bending your Buzzbaits wire your can make your bait track different directions. Bait fish don't always swim in a straight line so to better imitate a natural baitfish action you can bend the wire of your buzzbait to make it track left or right or straighten the wire to make your Buzzbait track true.

Do away with the skirt: In windy conditions the skirt can catch the wind and make it difficult to cast, in this case you can do away with the skirt and replace it with a soft plastic body as a trailer. A great thing to try is adding a 6 or 8 inch Lizard as a trailer on a buzzbait.

The one freshwater lure which catches more fish than any other is the soft plastics worm.

There have been studies which have shown that pound for pound, the humble worm catches more fish than any other bait bar none.

But what's really weird is that soft plastic worm baits are without doubt one of the cheapest freshwater lures to purchase which makes them extremely good value.

So what are some of the better soft plastic worms out there and what should you look for if your looking to make additions to your tackle gear or if your just starting out and looking for a good soft plastic worms to help round off your your initial collection.

Having fished Senko worms for some time and not afraid of change, I asked the question on a few freshwater fishing forums I lurk in; if there was anything better? Well apparently when your onto a good thing it pays to stick with it; as it turns out there seems to be unanimous support for these little suckers the Senko Worms.

Senko Worms come in a wide variety of colors but the most popular colors used are watermelon and pumpkin. Just like any bait choose the darker colors for fishing on overcast days or fishing in murky water and go for the more colorful worms for clearer water or when the is plenty of light around.

The Senko soft plastic worms have been salt impregnated which provides an alluring scent for any nearby bass, also they are very weighty for a soft plastic so they are fine to fish with without any added weight in fact they seem to work much better this way especially if your fishing in less than 10 feet of water. If you really need to fish these worms weighted (deeper water) then using a jighead and rigged Texas Style is the easiest way to go although weighting the worm does take away some of its natural squirming action which Bass find so irresistible.

Another great way to rig this worm is 'Whacky Style' as rigging the Senko bait this way give you the full affect of the unique squirming action of this bait. If your looking to weight a Whacky Style rigged Senko worm then it's best to use a few nail weights at either end of the worm.

Although most people expect strikes to come from this bait being on the bottom, your bound to get many hits while the bait is on the fall which is why patience is the key to success with fishing with any worm.

The trick is to let the bait fall to the bottom and leave it for a while and only use a very slow retrieve. After letting the worm settle on the bottom for a little while give it a little jerk and let it fall back to the bottom, after a little experimenting you will quickly find out what works best.

The great thing about using a plastic worms as bait is that you will catch fish on these suckers all year round, which make plastic worms an essential freshwater bait for your collection.

The Senko Worm doesn't just work for bass, you can get Pike and Muskie blow up on them when you would least expect it.

This is just an all 'round' good bait.

Click the product links below for more details on Senko Worms and other great soft plastics and freshwater lures.

A resident who lives at Lake Conroe which is about 50 miles north of Houston saw a small red basketball bouncing around kind of strange like on the surface of the lake.

It turned out that a flathead catfish had just tried to ambush the ball and had the ball stuck in its mouth. The catfish was trying its hardest to dive to get out of harms way but couldn't because of the ball.

In the end the concerned resident of Lake Conroe had his wife pierce the ball with a knife so the husband could remove it and allow the hungry catfish to swim free.

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Soft Plastic Fishing

I have covered swimbaits here on my blog before but there seems to be more and more hybrid freshwater lures coming out of the woodwork.

One such hybrid bait is the Big Bait Special Bulldog from Lucky Craft.

These hybrid freshwater lures like many wake baits and swim baits are very large, at first glance you can straight away tell that this lure is designed to catch some really, really big fish. This floating behemoth weighs in at 2 oz and is 4 inches in length, it comes in 13 different colors and has an interchangeable prop/spinner blade.

The Big Bulldog Wake Bait does exactly what the name implies, it leaves are very large (train wreck) wake at the water's surface. Once you have seen the commotion that these lures create on retrieve, you can quickly appreciate how attractive this lure may seem to any 'really large' bass which may be lurking anywhere nearby.

Everything about these lures targets the truly huge trophy bass every fisherman dreams about.

From their larger than life knocker which must be the size of Toyota Prius given the sound, to its neat rear propeller blade or if you prefer the spinner blade which adds just that extra bit of top water commotion. The sheer size of the lure and its lip creates a Nuclear Submarine Class wake, though whats really impressive about this lure is the quality finish. The Bulldogs shiny mirror like finish is manufactured perfectly to reflect light through the water to agitate the most stubborn bass to strike.

To get the most from this lure a slow retrieve is best though you can also give the lure a short jerk and it will perform a 180 on cue. The motion of this law is very convincing, looking just like an injured Shad or other baitfish swimming along the surface.

At $24.99 this freshwater lure is pretty reasonable value given its size and quality of finish and really suits the pro looking to haul in that ever elusive trophy largemouth bass.