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How to Fish Swimbaits Around Mixed Cover

For Ott DeFoe, experimenting with new lure styles is fun and essential for growing as an angler. He takes to the water for the first time with a unique compact swimbait that, although a swimbait, can be fished like a jig in various cover types.

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Starting with the basics, DeFoe identifies areas where compact weedless swimbait excel. On this day, he focused on areas of transition between grass and hard-bottom edges — typical haunts for bluegills on natural lakes. He delves into the mechanics of fishing the bait like a hair jig by reeling it fast and letting it swim naturally back to the bottom.

As with most swimbaits, DeFoe underscores the bait’s natural appearance, which resembles a range of baitfish, from bluegill to bottom-oriented gobies and sculpins. Unlike most swimbaits, its unique semi-weedless design yet exposed hook allows it to be fished effectively around and through certain grass types with minimal fowling.

In a candid confession, DeFoe, despite being a professional, admits that even he has techniques left to sample and master. As he aptly puts it, adding new techniques to your toolbox can only elevate your fishing game.

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  2. That hook guard looks much better than the dark sleeper. Reel it fast and the top fins will fold up. If they dont go through the hook on the cast. I must try one or ten of those

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