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Jacob Wheeler’s Swimbait Setup for Grassline Bass

There are many swimbait rigging methods, but bladed swimbait hooks are trending as an excellent choice anytime you want a forage-imitating profile and action around cover too heavy to fish with an exposed jig head. Major League Fishing pro Jacob Wheeler shows us his favorite weedless swimbait rigging method when fishing around grass and wood. He also provides several tips to trigger more bites and increase hooking percentages.

• PLASTIC – Storm Largo Shad, 4-inch:
• HOOK – VMC HD Bladed Swimbait Hook, 5/0 1/4-ounce:
• ROD – Duckett J. Wheeler Series Casting Rod 7’3″ Med Hvy:
• REEL – Duckett Jacob Wheeler JWC 100 Paradigm Casting Reel, 7.5:1:
• LINE – Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 14- to 17-pound:

Wheeler views bladed weedless swimbait fishing as the perfect hybrid of ChatterBaits and spinnerbaits. You get flash and vibration with enhanced weedless performance around cover. He demonstrates how to rig the swimbait to improve hookups. The rod setup is essential, too, as penetrating a big hook through the plastic and into the mouth requires a lot of power.

And like most bass fishing tactics, some variation in retrieve can be an excellent trigger. Wheeler explains why you should experiment with periodically killing the bait and letting it fall to the bottom.




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  1. Hi Jacob Wheeler, I am your fans subscriber. Thank you for you always provide a great/useful/helpful video for the watchers. I have a question for you. Can I buy the such brand Swimbaits outside USA from other country like Canada in Tackle Warehouse ? Please let me know, thank you for your advise. 🙏🙏

  2. Swimbaits landed me a new PB this year!! Been crushing smallmouth and largemouth with them!! My favorite heads are the VMC Swimbait Head 1/4 oz – 3/8 oz or for the smallies VMC Boxer Head Jig 1/4 oz!!

  3. Caught my pd crappie 1.80lb on a 4.8 keitech on a Owner flashy swimmer. Now I'm throwing micro underspin swimbaits and cleaning up everything in the lake.

  4. I have really found how effective this technique is this year. I have found that the blade works best on sunny days and a non bladed one for the overcast days for how I fish. Especially effective when you are having issues throwing a crainkbait with all the grass and weeds up here in Wisconsin.

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