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LET ME COACH YOU!
IF YOU NEED HELP FISHING SWIMBAITS AND CATCHING TROPHY SIZED BASS, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME BY PHONE, OR E-MAIL WITH YOUR QUESTIONS.

Here is some of the equipment and techniques that I regularly use. They have helped me fish Swimbaits with great success. The rod, reel, and line that I use are the G-Loomis SWR10820-C rod, Shimano Calcutta 400-B reel, with Maxima 25 lb ultra green mono, 60 lb power pro braid or lead core line. Many people use scents on their baits. I use only one and that's "Pro Cure Trout Butter". It is made entirely of trout, ground up into a paste and sold only by phone. It's expensive, but worth the money. It doesn't come off and works for a long time.

DEADSTICKING TECHNIQUE, USED FROM A BOAT OR SHORE
I use this technique when I have seen large bass in a particular area. I will throw a Huddleston, ROF 0, with the hook tied to the top to hide it from the fish" or any floating swimbait, far past the target or ambush point and slowly swim it over the spot. When I say slowly, is just that. Make a mental note on the current or wind. Then t wait. This is a patience game. It is tough even for me but I have success with this method. Let the bait float over the spot and just twitch the bait every minute or two ever so slightly. I use braid with a 5 foot fluorocarbon leader. The braid floats and will not pull the bait down, as mono would, after being in the water for a few minutes. When you get a bite, you will know it from the splash. After the bite you have to wait, as if you were working a top water bait. Wait for the rod to load up, then swing. If you get a solid hook up reel the fish in as fast as you can and try not to let it jump. Remember, the more it jumps, the more of a chance for it to become unbuttoned.

LONG LINE TECHNIQUE, USED FROM A BOAT.
I usually use this technique in the summer at deep water ambush points. When I say "long line" that means lots of line. I use the 9 inch MS Slammer or Huddleston ROF 5 with the hooks rigged on the bottom.

First I get to the spot, cast out the bait, open the bail, letting out another 50 yards or so of line. Then, using my trolling motor I slowly do figure eight's around the ambush point. So the middle of your troll sends the bait towards the spot. My theory for long lining is that some fish know when they see a boat, a bait is soon to follow. Using the "long line" technique it takes longer for the bait to pass after the boat goes by. Causing fish let their guard down because its not what they are used to. I use mono because I want the bait to get down, but not drag the bottom to much as to be unnatural.

DEEP TROLL TECHNIQUE.
I use this technique in deep water with lead core line, with any floating swimbait, or the ROF- 0, with the hooks rigged on the top and bottom. I let out enough line to take the bait to the bottom 6 feet of the lake and troll very slowly, holding my rod in a horizontal position to keep the bait down in the strike zone. I use a 5-6 foot fluorocarbon leader with this technique.

BUMP AND RUN TECHNIQUE, USED FROM BOAT OR SHORE.
I love to use this technique from the shore line, bringing the bait from the shallow water towards the deep water. I throw the bait out ROF-12 or 16 and let it sink to the bottom and wait a minute. Then slowly work it like you would a jig and move it up in 6 inch to 1 foot increments, in sets of 3 reps, waiting 2 minutes between movement.

Remember a trophy bass knows everything that goes on in its domain and knows your bait is there. Curiosity will make them come and investigate your bait. The Huddleston is designed to sit on the bottom, perfectly balanced, to imitate a resting trout. After three sessions of moving your bait it will look like its trying to escape by reeling in and swinging half of your setting motion. Chances are that's when your bait will be attacked just for trespassing.

THE SLOW ROLL TECHNIQUE, USED FROM BOAT OR SHORE.
Probably the best and most used method for sinking Swimbaits ever. Cast and wait for your bait to hit the bottom and then slow roll it along the bottom, working the rocks, edges of docks and brush piles while frequently stalling the bait. You will loose baits frequently with this technique so I recommend 60 lb Power Pro braided line to minimize losses.

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CAST AND REEL TECHNIQUE, USED FROM BOAT OR SHORE.
I use this method on waters that I am not familiar with. This is the give away technique. I use it to find trophy bass hideouts. I bring them out and make them follow the bait to see fish size. Larger fish will usually not feed using this technique, but they will give themselves, and there ambush spots away. If you find a trophy worthy fishing for, mark your spot, and come back an hour later using another technique to target that fish. Do not cast after the give away. Be as quiet as you can and don't upset the fish. This will help you later when you come back and use the slow roll or the bump and run methods.

I have used these techniques on numerous lakes with great success. With 50+ 10lbs Bass under my belt, I guarantee if you try them, and stick with them, they will pay off, time and time again!

Don Osborne


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