How To

Jacob Wheeler’s 5 Ways to Rig Swimbaits for Bass



Pro bass angler Jacob Wheeler routinely relies on soft swimbaits to catch all bass species, at all depths, on fisheries across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. He details how to a rig swimbait for bass using 5 different methods. 

Without further ado, here are Wheeler’s top 5 swimbait setups and applications:

00:25 3-INCH SWIMBAIT RIGGED ON A JIG (finesse setup)
A small swimbait rigged on a ball head jig is one of the best all-around get-bit baits in existence. This setup excels when bass are keying on small baitfish (early fall on southern impoundments), year-round for smallmouth and spotted bass, or anytime fish are just finicky in general.

FEATURED LURES
• SWIMBAIT – Storm Largo Shad, 3-inch: https://wired2.fish/StormLargoShad
• JIG HEAD – VMC Hybrid Swimbait Jig: http://wired2.fish/VMC-HybridSwimbaitJig
• LINE (braid) – Sufix NanoBraid, Color: Aqua Camo, 10-pound: http://wired2.fish/NanoBraidAquaCamo
• LINE (fluorocarbon leader) – Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 8-pound: https://wired2.fish/SufixAdvanceFluoro
• ROD – Duckett Jacob Wheeler Series Spinning Rod, 7′ Medium: https://wired2.fish/DuckettWheelerSpinningRod
• REEL – Duckett Paradigm SWX Spinning Reel, SWX-2500: https://wired2.fish/ParadigmSWX-SpinningReel
• HAT – Realtree Fishing Hats: http://wired2.fish/ReeltreeFishingHats

01:00 4-INCH SWIMBAIT RIGGED ON A JIG
A mid-sized paddle tail rigged on a jig is Wheeler’s most used and favorite all-around swimbait setup — it catches ’em shallow to deep all year long. Just increase or decrease your jig weight/size based on the depth you’re fishing.

FEATURED LURES
• SWIMBAIT – Storm Largo Shad, 4-inch: https://wired2.fish/StormLargoShad
• JIG HEAD – VMC Hybrid Swimbait Jig: http://wired2.fish/VMC-HybridSwimbaitJig
• LINE – Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 12-pound: https://wired2.fish/SufixAdvanceFluoro
• ROD – Duckett J. Wheeler Series Casting Rod, 7′ Med Hvy: https://wired2.fish/DucketWheelerCastingRod
• REEL – Duckett Paradigm CRI Casting Reel, DFCR-100-681: http://wired2.fish/DuckettCRICastingReel

02:20 SWIMBAIT RIGGED ON A TOKYO RIG
Tokyo rigging swimbaits is a relative newcomer and still overlooked in many situations. Fished either weedless or with an exposed hook, a Tokyo-rigged swimbait is an excellent substitute for traditional swinging jigs.

FEATURED LURES
• SWIMBAIT – Storm Largo Shad: https://wired2.fish/StormLargoShad
• VMC Tokyo Rig Finesse Neko: https://wired2.fish/TokyoRigFinesseNeko
• VMC Tokyo Rig Heavy Duty Wide Gap: http://wired2.fish/TokyoRigWideGap
• WEIGHT – VMC Tungsten Rugby Weight: http://wired2.fish/VMC-RugbyWeight
• LINE – Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 12-pound: https://wired2.fish/SufixAdvanceFluoro
• ROD – https://wired2.fish/DucketWheelerCastingRod
• REEL – Duckett Paradigm CRW Casting Reel, DFCW-100-681: https://wired2.fish/ParadigmCRW-CastingReel

03:14 BELLY-WEIGHTED SWIMBAIT (WEEDLESS)
A Texas-rigged swimbait rigged on a belly blade swimbait hook is an excellent baitfish imitator and comes through cover snag-free with ease. Wheeler uses this setup religiously in shallow water and offshore when targeting mid-depth bass relating to isolated brush piles.

FEATURED LURES
• SWIMBAIT – Storm Largo Shad: https://wired2.fish/StormLargoShad
• HOOK – VMC Heavy Duty Weighted Willow Swimbait Hook, 4/0: http://wired2.fish/VMC-WillowSwimbaitHook
• LINE – Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 17-pound: https://wired2.fish/SufixAdvanceFluoro
• ROD – Duckett Jacob Wheeler Series Casting Rod, 7’2″ Med Hvyhttps://wired2.fish/DucketWheelerCastingRod
• REEL – Duckett Paradigm CRW Casting Reel, DFCW-100-751: https://wired2.fish/ParadigmCRW-CastingReel

04:40 AS A LURE TRAILER
Wheeler advises not to overlook using a swimbait as a trailer on your favorite moving baits. Specifically, he’s had excellent success (tournament wins) by adding bulk and action to the backs of ChatterBaits, swim jigs, and spinnerbaits. Bulkier, flat-sided swimbaits also have the added benefit of improving the ability to skip baits deeper under overhanging cover such as brush and docks.

FEATURED LURES
• SWIMBAIT – Storm Largo Shad: https://wired2.fish/StormLargoShad
• BLADED JIG – Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer: https://wired2.fish/ChatterBaitJackHammer
• SWIM JIG (underwater video) – Terminator Heavy Duty Swim Jig: https://wired2.fish/TerminatorHD-SwimJig
• SPINNERBAIT – Accent Jacob Wheeler Custom Colorado Willow Spinnerbait: http://wired2.fish/AccentCCW-Spinnerbait
• SPINNERBAIT (underwater video) – Terminator Pro Series Spinnerbait, Double Willow: https://wired2.fish/TerminatorP1ProDoubleWillow

► SUBSCRIBE for more AWESOME FISHING TIPS: http://wired2.fish/YTSub
► SHOP WIRED2FISH GEAR HERE: http://www.wired2fishgear.com

FOLLOW US HERE AS WELL:
http://www.wired2fish.com
http://www.instagram.com/wired2fish_official
http://www.facebook.com/wired2fish
http://www.twitter.com/wired2fish

teambassmanager

We are a team of avid bass fishermen for over 20 years. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook for contests and giveaways

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button

Shop our exclusive tees. Our apparel is released in batches in limited runs.

X