How Bass Fishing Swimbaits Work

By: Sam Tyler

Types of Bass Fishing Swimbaits

The number of different sw­imbaits­ has grown steadily with the rising popularity of plastic lures. There may be fewer types of swimbaits than types of fish in the water, but there are certainly enough to help you make the catch. Below are some of the more commonly used swimbaits:

  • Crawfish lures have pincers, antennae, legs and a tail, which move freely to provide maximum visual stimuli. They're best suited for use on rocky bottoms.
  • Creature lures mix and match various parts of different fish and are used to catch the attention of bass that are too smart to fall for standard lures.
  • Frogs and tadpoles are floating lures that are used for top-water fishing or for fishing above the weeds to try to lure bass out of hiding.
  • Grubs and shads are simple lures that have tubular bodies, which are either ribbed or smooth and come with single- or double-twisted tails.
  • Jerkbaits are tube shaped with tapered tails and range in size from 4 to 8 inches (10.2 to 20.3 centimeters). They're often used with a twitching retrieve when fishing close to the surface.
  • Lizards are often used in the early part of the season. Lizard lures are good for use as floaters when fishing close to the bottom.
  • Tube lures are hollow and have tentaclelike ends, which can be stuffed with scents. Tube lures are typically dragged along the bottom.
  • Worm lures have tails that flap and vibrate and are most often weighted at the nose.

­It's one thing to have an arsenal of swimbaits in your tackle box, but it's another to know how best to use them. Read on to learn the various techniques for fishing with swimbaits.­