Answer: They look like a baitfish, swim like a baitfish, and some even smell like a baitfish.
Question: Why do bass eat swim baits?
Swim baits — typically soft-plastic lures that mimic baitfish in appearance and movement — are extremely effective bass fishing lures. Like most soft plastics, swim baits can be fished in a variety of ways: weightless, on a jig head and some come pre-weighted.
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Those attributes make swim baits great for finding bass, Game & Fish’s Dr. Todd A. Kuhn says in Episode 5 of the bass-fishing video series, "Beyond the Bait Powered by Streamlight.”
If you’re not fishing where the bass are, as they say, you won’t catch any bass. Swim baits cover a lot of water and make great search baits for bass.
Learn more about catching bass with swim baits in the video above.
Beyond the Bait Powered by Streamlight is a 13-episode video series on gameandfishmag.com that focusses on the best baits for bass fishing. Join Game & Fish’s Dr. Todd A. Kuhn every Tuesday this spring as he goes deep into how bass lures work, what bass find irresistible in them, and how you catch more on your next trip.
Beyond the Bait Powered by Streamlight
Episode 1: Soft Plastics — Flukes, Worms and Lizards
Episode 2: Soft Plastics — Tubes & Creature Baits
Episode 3: Rigging Soft Plastics — Texas & Carolina Rigs
Episode 4: Rigging Soft Plastics — Jig Heads
Episode 5: Rigging Soft Plastics — Swimbaits, Live March 10
Episode 6: Selecting the Right Soft-Plastic Hook, Live March 17
Episode 7: Spinnerbaits from Top to Bottom, Live March 24
Episode 8: Technical Topwater, Live March 31
Episode 9: Choosing the Right Bass Rod, Live April 7
Episode 10: All About Lines, Live April 14
Episode 11: Baitcasting Vs. Spinning, Live April 21
Episode 12: Find More Fish with Search Baits, April 28
Episode 13: Weighting Your Bait, May 5