It’s not always easy to differentiate fishing lures, for example Swimbait from Crankbait. We took a minute to get into details for you
To classify a swimbait is not as simple as you might suppose, especially with all the information available on the internet and varioations and suggestions. Swimbaits are normally jointed lures and should not come with a lip but there are exeptions to this last rule. They are suppose to imitate full-size fish. They should have powerful swimming action that replicates the fluid swimming motion of prey. This style of swimbait also tends to be popular with freshwater fishermen targeting trophy largemouth bass, pike and musky.
What you should also have in mind when choosing a lure you want to fish with are conditions you are fishing in. Water temperature, outside temperature, lunar phases, water level, water clarity and maybe your luck of the day! What you should pay attention to mostly is water clarity.
In the clear water, during bright light periods, a subtle swimming vibrating swimbait is what should be used, it seems to work better than a harder vibrating swimbait and natural colors on your bait almost invisible. In this situation normally the predator is watching and waiting for the right opportunity to ambush the pray. A subtle swimming swimbait with a rip or jerk thrown into the retrieve occasionally can trigger the fish into biting. Here, predator is extremly cautious so the smallest wrong detial in your presentation of the bait, color or size can determine if it will bite or not.
In a low-light situation, or dirty water, the fish uses its sense of hearing and lateral line system more than its vision for hunting its prey. It appears that noisy larger tailed and vivid colored swimbait is a good match for this situation versus the small subtle-tail fishing bait in this environment. In this case, the lure should look like neon advertisement and should screem “I’m, here!”
The fish seem to be less cautious and pays less attention to details when searching for a pray in low-light and dirty water. So as you can see the water conditions play a huge factor in determining which style of swimbait to choose from. Once again a little homework on the water you plan to fish is needed to determine which fishing bait to use.
Size of your fishing bait
The bigger the better!!!! Choose the size of your fishing bait carefully and have few sizes in stock. It seems that you need to match the size of what the fish are feeding on if you want to have success. Everyone wants to get that big one, depending what you consider big. Get outside the box and think bigger. If you want big fish don’t waste your time with small baits trying to catch small fish. Musky will not even notice the small bait unless you pull it in front of her nose, otherwise she will not move for it, don’t forget, he is a predator and will accept the challenge. Fish cannot go to the supermarket and get something from the shelf, it has to hunt to feed itself. Fish needs certain amount of energy to catch her food and in order to optimize she will go for bigger pray that will bring her more energy then she will spend hunting. You probably know of cases where musky was hunting for a pray of almost his own size. This is a rule for all predators of our planet.
Therefore, you should use as big lure as you can when fishing.