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Hollow Belly Swimbaits Versus Hard Bodied Swimbaits! When To Choose Each!

Not all swimbaits are created equal. Know when to choose a hollow bodied swimbait versus a solid bodied swimbait to help you catch more bass.

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  1. Thank you for explaining the difference in the two types of swimbaits. I’ve always shied away from hollow body swimbaits just because I didn’t understand the proper application.

  2. If manufacturers placed the tube higher in the body and you sealed off its opening, the buoyancy would make weighting the hook unnecessary.

    If hollow bellies can’t stand up to reed gauntlets, wouldn’t they be even more vulnerable around wood branches?

  3. Great video!!!!👊🏻 Very good explanation on when to use each one. Very helpful as well. Always confused on the hollow body because I think it's a bigger bait than I should be using but I guess I'm wrong??? Stay Safe & God Bless!!!

  4. This is the first video that I have seen that really breaks down the differences and rigging decisions when fishing these swimbaits! Excellent. Both have been on fire on my lake but I have been rigging the hollow body with the wrong type hook and it has been frustrating. Now I know why. Thsnks.

  5. More great info. Look forward to your tips every day. Question- What difference is there between your jighead and the Matt Allen head? What applications do you recommend with the different line tie positions? Thanks

  6. Came for the swimbait, stayed for the beer. Nice touch throwing in a few words about your beverage of choice. Just guessing here, but there are probably, oh, two or three others in this fine assemblage who appreciate a good micro. Love a good weedless swimbait; most of mine smell like garlic…makes them EZ to find in the store. Thanks Matt!

  7. Thanks, Matt.
    By the way, have you heard someone up North or wherever have caught a pike, not a bass in the thickest grass(weeds) while punching or flipping, or maybe you have caught them yourself? I just wonder if they can live and feed inside that thick weeds, not only near/around. Thanks.

  8. I keep buying those berkley hollow bodies when I see them in stores and I’ve caught exactly 0 fish on them because I’ve never made a cast with them. I’ve gained so much confidence with the solid body that it’s hard for me to even try a hollow body.

  9. I don't know why but I seem to naturally gravitate toward the hollow belly when fishing deeper or off shore- and to the solid body when fishing shallow or using smaller baits. Tbh though I've never even noticed it until now- nor have I thought it out- just what I started doing and it seemed to work so, kept doing it.

  10. Awesome video Matt! I don't fish hollow body swim bait's very often maybe a few times, but this really gives me something to think about and try and a cold refreshing beer after doing yard work/mowing is a must, taste great every time!

  11. I agree with the versatility and species diversity you can catch with a swim bait. My thumb slipped and I air bombed a cast with a swimbait about a week ago fishing a bridge piling and caught a Ford F150 by the back bumper. I am disappointed in myself for not landing it and sending pictures, but I didn't have my drag set very well either. It also emphasizes the importance of using the right line and proper sized hook as well. Just trying to offer a tip.

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