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#11717809 - 07/11/16 09:23 PM Affordable swim bait fishing
tbates Offline
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Registered: 03/18/12
Posts: 266
Loc: Lubbock
Got my first graph this year and finally starting to learn how to graph schools of active fish. I've never caught offshore fish before and thought it wouldn't be much fun. Man, was I wrong. It was one after another in 30 ft of water! I was fishing 4.8" keitech swim baits with KVD swim bait jig heads. After 1 hour of slaying them I didn't have a keitech bait with a tail (they we're still biting with no paddle tail) and only one jig head left. That left me out $15 for an hours worth of fishing. I under stand we all pay to play, but are there more affordable options out there? I am now addicted to swim baits and am afraid of the cost!

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#11717942 - 07/11/16 10:20 PM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
Big Swimbait Offline
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Registered: 02/01/14
Posts: 381
Loc: Irving
Keitech baits work so well because they are soft. Keep some Mend-It or super glue handy & you can save some baits for a few more fish. Monster has a special color on sale right now for $4.99.

https://www.outdoorproshop.com/Keitech-Swing-Impact-Fat-48-Silver-Shiner-431-p/keitech-sif48ss.htm

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#11718036 - 07/12/16 12:03 AM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
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Registered: 10/10/13
Posts: 53
Loc: Hurst, Tx
You can go with hard swim baits like 3:16 lures. They are a pretty penny but they last and hawgs love them. I have some swimbaits that are over 15 years old that just keep ticking.


Edited by KingOfCars (07/12/16 12:12 AM)
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#11718049 - 07/12/16 01:21 AM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
T54 Offline
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Registered: 12/05/07
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Storm Wild Eye Swim shads are super cheap and catch them deep

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Storm_Wild_Eye_Swim_Shad_Swim_Baits_3pk/descpage-SWE.html

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#11718070 - 07/12/16 05:13 AM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
Finesse Master Offline
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Registered: 12/18/15
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There is no such thing has cheap swimbait fishing...

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#11718145 - 07/12/16 07:02 AM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
361V Offline
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Registered: 11/21/08
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Loc: somervell county
Love swimbaits and I understand the obsession but did you try dropping a fluke into that deep school?
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#11718207 - 07/12/16 08:00 AM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
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Loc: Dallas, TX
The back 3/4 of a mister twister swimsation makes for an outstanding 4inch soft swimbait.
The Charlie Brewer 4 inch bass grubs with a paddle tail are another good inexpensive option if you want a smaller more finesse action
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#11718240 - 07/12/16 08:28 AM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
RickS Online   content
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Registered: 08/08/13
Posts: 184
Loc: Santa Fe NM
I just recently tried the berkley ripple shad baits.I had good results. I caught like 15 bass before I couldn't use anymore. I don't remember the price but I think they were pretty reasonable.

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#11718454 - 07/12/16 10:21 AM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
bellamy72 Offline
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Registered: 11/28/11
Posts: 145
Loc: RED OAK
what size head are you using in 30'.

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#11718536 - 07/12/16 11:00 AM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: RickS]
Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad Online   content
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Registered: 10/05/10
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Loc: Sanger, Tx/ Chatham, La
Originally Posted By: RickS
I just recently tried the berkley ripple shad baits.I had good results. I caught like 15 bass before I couldn't use anymore. I don't remember the price but I think they were pretty reasonable.


Good bait and colors and readily available at Academy and some walmarts, I caught a couple 7-8lbers on the gizzard shad color last summer.


Edited by Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad (07/12/16 11:01 AM)
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#11718588 - 07/12/16 11:28 AM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
bigbass94 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/12
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Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Gambler EZ Swimmer

One of my favorite swimbaits is the Gambler EZ swimmer. These guys are only $3.99. They're durable, have a great swimming action, and they're affordable. Can't go wrong with these.
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#11718640 - 07/12/16 11:56 AM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
the skipper Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 1836
Loc: nederland, TX
Kicker fish tail slapper. Looks just like the keitech

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#11721621 - 07/13/16 09:13 PM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: 361V]
tbates Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/18/12
Posts: 266
Loc: Lubbock
I didn't but I did go buy some paddle tail flukes in the same color. I'm gonna give them a shot this weekend at PK

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#11721623 - 07/13/16 09:15 PM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: bellamy72]
tbates Offline
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Registered: 03/18/12
Posts: 266
Loc: Lubbock
Originally Posted By: bellamy72
what size head are you using in 30'.


1/2 oz

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#11721723 - 07/13/16 10:29 PM Re: Affordable swim bait fishing [Re: tbates]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 3666
Loc: Longview, Tx
Find someone that pours and injects plastics and befriend them.

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