Swimbait Buyer's Guide: Glide Baits, Hardbaits, and Topwater



Today we’re exploring big swimbaits! The buyer’s guide series continues with an in-depth look at glide baits, multi-joint hardbaits, and even a few topwater options. You can go broke buying swimbaits and they’re not all created equal so today we’re sharing some of our favorite baits that consistently produce BIG bass!

If you’re wondering which baits you should try or which baits to buy for a loved one, look no further. Today’s focus is hard swimbaits but tomorrow we’ll follow up with a BONUS video on soft swimbaits. From budget friendly to extreme, we’re covering all the bases and making it as easy as possible for you.

Below you’ll find a breakdown of the baits by category, recommended colors, as well as our rod and reel choices for various baits. If you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comment section and we’ll help you make your selection.

Glide Baits…

Gan Craft 230:
(Dark Rainbow, Ghost Chart Shad, Se Ayu, Stocker Rainbow)

S-Waver 168 and 200:
(Lite Trout, Rainbow Trout, Warden Hitch, Bone)

Baitsanity Explorer Glide:
(Trout and Carp)

Baitsanity Tails:
(Holdover Trout Hard PVC, Dark Carp Hard PVC)

Topwater Baits…

Spro BBZ 8″ Swimbait:
(Any color for topwater)

Johnny Rat Swimbait:
(Either color but overall we prefer the larger Johnny)

Multi-Joint Baits…

Jackall DowzSwimmer 220:
(RT Spawn Gill, RT Trout, Ghost Scale Minnow)

Bucca’s Bull Shad Swimbait:
(Prefer 5″ and 6″ Sizes)

Bucca’s Bull Gill:
(Bluegill and Dirty Bone)

Swimbait Rods and Reels:

Big Glidebait Combo…
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 AHG:
Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Small Bait Rod…
Rod- IMX Pro 904 SWBR:
Reel- Metanium MGL HG 150:
Line- 30 lb Power Pro:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Friendly Combo…
Rod- Dobyns 795 Fury:
Reel- Cardiff 300:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro:
Leader- 25 lb Maxima Ultragreen:
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Equipment We Recommend…

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Humminbird Solix 15 Electronics:
Minn Kota Talons:
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