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When should you use a swimbait with a paddle tail?

Paddle tail swimbaits are versatile lures that can be effective in a variety of conditions and situations when targeting bass. Here are some appropriate scenarios for using them:

  1. Clear to Moderately Stained Water: Paddle tail swimbaits work well in clear to moderately stained water due to their natural appearance and subtle vibration. They can be especially effective in clear water where bass are more visually oriented.

  2. Various Depths: Depending on the weight of the jig head you use, paddle tail swimbaits can be fished at different depths. For deeper water, especially in summer when bass are chasing shad, use a heavier jig head to maintain contact with the bottom or to reach suspended fish.

  3. Weed Lines and Structure: Fishing along weed lines or near structure can be productive. The swimbait can be retrieved just below the surface or at a depth where it ticks the tops of submerged vegetation or rocks, enticing a reaction strike.

  4. Temperature Transitions: Paddle tail swimbaits can be effective during warmer months from spring through fall. They are great for early morning topwater bites when fish are active and can also be used in colder conditions by mimicking bottom-dwelling prey like gobies, sculpin, or crawdads.

  5. Wind and Overcast Conditions: Windy or overcast days can be ideal for swimbait fishing as these conditions reduce the visibility for bass, making them more likely to strike at a moving target like a swimbait.

  6. Reaction Strikes: When bass are less active or in a neutral mood, a fast retrieve that causes the paddle tail to break the surface can provoke a reaction strike. This is particularly useful when fish are not actively feeding but can be triggered by the sudden movement of the bait.

  7. Schooling Fish: In the summer, bass often school and chase baitfish in open water. Paddle tail swimbaits that mimic the size and action of the prevalent forage can be very effective in these situations.

When selecting a paddle tail swimbait, consider the size and color to match the local forage and the conditions of the day. Also, choose the right tackle setup to maximize the effectiveness of the swimbait. A medium-heavy rod with a moderate action tip is recommended to cast these light baits effectively and to handle the hookset with a stouter hook, paired with 17-20 pound fluorocarbon or 20-30 pound braid for the line.

Remember, the key to successful paddle tail swimbait fishing is to match the bait's action and retrieve speed to the conditions and the behavior of the bass on any given day.

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Best Paddle Tail Swimbait Tips for Bass Fishing (These Work!) | Bass Fishing by Bass Fishing Tips & Techniques by BassResource clipping speed where it just barely breaks the surface where the paddle tail just might be bulging the surface just a little bit but you're bringing it back really fast you're looking for that reaction strike this is great for warmer months in the spring and all the way through the fall you're going right along the weed lines you want to get that fish to react to it so you're bringing it right towards the surface this is great for morning early-morning bites especially if they don't want to hit buzzbaits this is a more subtle approach and you can usually get that bite especially if that Sun starts to come up starts hitting the surface and they've been hitting surface water surface lures that's a real good lure to switch to so you can get to that that can keep that top water bike going so the next retrieve is almost the opposite of that actually it really is and it's great for when fish are feeding off of bottom fish for example gobies and sculpin and even crawdads but what I like to do is let it cast it out let it sit on the bottom bring the rod tip down low and here I'm just crawling it on the bottom I want to mimic that bait meat fish that's it feeds off the bottom this works especially well in the winter time when the crawfish are hibernating you'll get scoping them in and gobies and whatnot that are sitting on the bottom of the bait on the bottom of the
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The Setup: Ideal Rod/Reel/Line Combos For All Presentations | Bass Fishing by Bass Fishing Tips & Techniques by BassResource All right. The next lure that I wanna talk about  is the paddle tail swimbait. It's like a 6-inch or   smaller soft plastic paddle tail swimbait.  Here, you're using a keel weighted hook,   or it's usually a stouter hook like a 4/0 hook.  It's got some backbone to it. So, you have to   use a stronger rod. However, these baits overall  are fairly light. And so you need a limber rod   tip to be able to fling it out there.  Plus, the bite is kind of interesting. So,   let me get into that a little bit. We've  got a lot of interesting dichotomy going on   that's gonna dictate what kind of rod to use. So, because it's a stouter hook, you can use   stronger gear. So, here I'm actually using 17  to 20-pound fluorocarbon line or braid. Braid   works really well for this as well. I'll go  20 to 30-pound braid on it. Whichever you feel   most comfortable with is fine. I like to use the  fluorocarbon because I can cast further with it. But the rod is interesting because I use  a medium-heavy power like a 7'2" to 7'4"   foot rod, medium to heavy power rod. But the  rod tip, I'm using a lighter action rod tip,   a light action or a moderate action  rod tip for two reasons. Number one,   the bait is a bit light. So, to cast it out  further distance, I load up more and a limber   tip's gonna allow me to cast it out further. But  also with paddle tail swimbaits, in particular,  
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Swimbaits For Summer Bass Fishing | Bass Fishing by Bass Fishing Tips & Techniques by BassResource At the summertime, I'm using that kind of paddle tail bait. Do you know why? It's they go in deep water, and chasing shad a lot. Also, they are make a schooling especially summertime. So, before fishing deep water, we gotta using the electronics, to found the school. That's most important. Then you gotta choose a little bit compact, small heavyweight swimbait I'm using. I'm using the 3/8 jighead right here with Keitech single impact 3.3. It's a little bit smaller, but they are looking for the little bitty shad. They sometime eating big shad, but I recommend to the 3.3 because it's easy to eat for them. So, that's why I'm using the little bitty swimbait with the tiny, tiny 3/8th jig head. But basically, in the summertime the fish going, it's pretty close to the 20-foot range, so it's okay the quarter ounce, but it take a time... Also, I want to make a kind of reaction bite. So, the heavy-weight jig head make a reaction bite, and make a slow retrieve, and sometimes faster retrieve, and it depends on where the fish are. Then also I'm using the Shimano Zodias 7'2" medium heavy and 14-pound Fluorocarbon Line. But the line, it depends on where you fishing. If you fishing close to the timber, I recommend the 16, yeah, 14, 16. Then if we don't have anything around your fish, I chose the 10, 12-pound fishing line for the baitcasting reel. Then I'm using the Shimano Metanium HG, which is a little high gear ratio.

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