texasfishingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Scott Hodge, CDub74, Fishaholic97, GSFish, Gdorty
111534 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
TexDawg 92,140
hopalong 82,387
Pilothawk 78,969
John175☮ 74,003
JDavis7873 67,397
Derek 🐝 63,247
Bigbob_FTW 60,502
Tritonman 58,793
Mark Perry 57,646
facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums60
Topics764,594
Posts9,618,545
Members111,534
Most Online36,273
Jan 23rd, 2013
Print Thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Bull Shad Swimbait from APT #10661607 03/02/15 07:27 PM
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,058
M
MagFluker Online Content OP
Extreme Angler
OP Online Content
Extreme Angler
M
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,058
My wife bought me a 6" Bull Shad Swimbait from APT for an early birthday present (she's the best!). My question is should I throw it on straight braid since it's a moving bait, or Flouro leader? Throwing it on a Dobyns swimbait/a-rig rod that is set up with 50# braid and currently has a 17# flouro leader. Any help is appreciated, thanks.


Faith. Family. Fishing.
PB - 11 lbs 1 oz

Bass Fishing Ad
Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10661613 03/02/15 07:29 PM
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 2,210
R
RangerBass21 Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
R
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 2,210
All I know is don't throw that thing in timber roflmao


bannana2
Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10661646 03/02/15 07:40 PM
Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 21,065
C
CCTX Online Content
mapquest
Online Content
mapquest
C
Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 21,065
If you want to fish it higher in the water column, just use straight braid

If you want to fish it a little deeper, I'd use 20lb fluoro leader


[Linked Image]
Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: RangerBass21] #10661651 03/02/15 07:41 PM
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,058
M
MagFluker Online Content OP
Extreme Angler
OP Online Content
Extreme Angler
M
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,058

For sure no timber!

Last edited by MagFluker; 03/02/15 07:42 PM.

Faith. Family. Fishing.
PB - 11 lbs 1 oz

Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10661731 03/02/15 08:08 PM
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 1,046
T
Tyler.Woods Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
T
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 1,046
I use straight 20lb flouro but I fish it in deep water where I know it won't get hung unless it hits the bottom. It's a risk throwing it around timber... I did get mine stuck in 30ft on the bottom and used a lure retriever to get it back!


Send it!
Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10661957 03/02/15 09:30 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 137
T
Triton Mike Offline
Outdoorsman
Offline
Outdoorsman
T
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 137
Hi MagFluker, My name is Mike Bucca I'm the owner of Bull Shad Swimbaits. I'm going to tell you what I recommend and you can take it from there. Many people use braid with swimbaits some of the best swimbait guys I know use braid. I'm just not one of them. Let me say this. 90% of the people who email me about losing baits are losing baits by casting them off. 90% of those castoffs are by and large with braid. My best explanation for this is while braid works great for traditional size lures (1oz or less). When you start heaving 2 + oz baits the braid tends to dig into the spool and when you go to cast you end up casting it off. Thats my theory on braid breakoffs. If your going to use braid use 65lb or larger to help remedy the line digging. I find that larger diameter braid doesn't dig as bad/much as the smaller diameter braids.

Flouro. I'm the biggest fan of flourocarbon there is and being a spotted bass guy here in Georgia I live and die by my flouro. I just do not like it for swimbaits. Again alot of people use them but flouro is known for sub par knot strength and lack of stretch. Just not good ingredients for big $$ baits. Again alot of people use fluorocarbon for big swimbaits. If your confident in your line with 2oz + baits than I say go for it and give it a shot.

What I use and recommend is good ole 25lb mono. is 25lb overkill. You bet. You don't need 25lb line to reel in any fish. You need the 25lb to be able to take the brunt of the load when casting 2oz + baits. The stretch helps and the strength of the line helps with the torque that your putting your knot through. I use Trik Fish camo line.

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Trik_Fish_Original_Camo_Line_1_4lb_Spool/descpage-TFOC.html

You can use big game or p line I just prefer the Trik Fish brand, Cheap and bullet proof and I kinda like the camo line concealment aspect of it just my perference.

Hope this helps. BTW Please thank your wife for me and send me some pics of what some big Texas Swimbait bass look like. Tyler Woods on this thread here is a stud with my baits as of late. :)~

Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10661976 03/02/15 09:39 PM
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 17,569
krawlin 47 Offline
TFF Guru
Offline
TFF Guru
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 17,569
Wow that is some great info! Thanks for taking time to come on and write this! I will be focusing on swim bait fishing this year.


Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right.
Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10662003 03/02/15 09:49 PM
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 17,569
krawlin 47 Offline
TFF Guru
Offline
TFF Guru
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 17,569
um....I could look at your web page all day!!!!!


Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right.
Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: krawlin 47] #10662029 03/02/15 09:59 PM
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,058
M
MagFluker Online Content OP
Extreme Angler
OP Online Content
Extreme Angler
M
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,058

Originally Posted By: krawlin 47
Wow that is some great info! Thanks for taking time to come on and write this! I will be focusing on swim bait fishing this year.


+1 indeed.

Thanks Mike, the info is much appreciated.


Faith. Family. Fishing.
PB - 11 lbs 1 oz

Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10662052 03/02/15 10:07 PM
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,051
bccougar Online Content
Extreme Angler
Online Content
Extreme Angler
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,051
I used to throw big swimbaits on braid because I thought it would help not break them off, but after a short time and watching a few $150 swim baits sail away and slow sink to the bottom. I realized that 25# mono is great for top fishing and flouro is good if I really need to get it deep, but 95% of the time I use 20 or 25# mono. I am very much in agreement with MIKE on this, and I know he knows way more than me.



www.anglersprotackle.com -Anglers Pro Tackle Pro staff
www.doublezzcustomlures.com -Double ZZ Custom Lures
www.mercurymarine.com -Mercury Pro Staff
www.power-pole.com -Power-Pole Pro Staff
www.midwestmarineonline.com -Midwest Marine


Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10662098 03/02/15 10:22 PM
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 2,210
R
RangerBass21 Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
R
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 2,210
Now I'm interested in this swimbait 50$ Pill is hard to swallow tho. But knowing me I'll buy it and throw it in timber.


bannana2
Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10662133 03/02/15 10:41 PM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 3,432
T
Thad Rains Offline
TFF Team Angler
Offline
TFF Team Angler
T
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 3,432
I saw the thread and asked Mike to come over and comment, since he owns the business. I told him that I was a weirdo, because I throw his baits on 20# McCoys Mean Green and have for years. TUFF, with a great amount of abrasion resistance and low memory, so it fits the bill for me, but what do I know? LOL. Thanks Mike for coming over and sharing your experiences. Hope this helps.

Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains


Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains
Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: Thad Rains] #10662177 03/02/15 11:01 PM
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 13,940
E
ezbassin Offline
TFF Guru
Offline
TFF Guru
E
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 13,940
Originally Posted By: Thad Rains
I saw the thread and asked Mike to come over and comment, since he owns the business. I told him that I was a weirdo, because I throw his baits on 20# McCoys Mean Green and have for years. TUFF, with a great amount of abrasion resistance and low memory, so it fits the bill for me, but what do I know? LOL. Thanks Mike for coming over and sharing your experiences. Hope this helps.

Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains


I have 20# McCoys spooled up on my swim bait rods also.

I got 2 of the bull shads just a few minutes ago @APT after he showed me pictures of recent fish caught on them and how they look in the water.

Last edited by ezbassin; 03/02/15 11:35 PM.
Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10662237 03/02/15 11:20 PM
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 18,813
ToadSnatcher14 Offline
Team Slot Fish
Offline
Team Slot Fish
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 18,813
Look at some of the custom Bull Shads Bait Werks has put out!

These things are sick!

http://bullshad.com/customshop.html

Re: Bull Shad Swimbait from APT [Re: MagFluker] #10662272 03/02/15 11:33 PM
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,415
A
Andrew Taylor Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
A
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,415
A BIG MAGNET IN CASE IT BREAKS

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread


© 1998-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3