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Rigging Soft Swimbaits and Paddle Tails For Spring Bass Fishing

These tricks will save you time and money the next time you throw a swimbait! We’re covering when to throw an underspin, when a hollow belly is better than a paddle tail, and how to quit wasting so many keitechs! If you want to catch a swimbait fish this Spring, this is the video for you.

We cover basic rigging with weedless swimbait heads like the Owner Beast as well as traditional rigging with the Matt Allen swimbait head. Next we discuss the best underspins for a variety of circumstances and last we take it a step further and cover how to make your own underspins on the fly.

Below is a breakdown of all the swimbaits, swimbait heads, underspins, and terminal tackle discussed in the video.

Preferred Swimbaits…

-Basstrix 6″ Swimbait:
-True Bass 5.5″ Swimbait:
-Strike King Rage Swimmer:
-Scottsboro Swimbait:
-Keitech Fat Swing Impact:
-Keitech Easy Shiner:

Unique Heads For Finesse Swimbaits…

-Owner Flashy Swimmer 1/0:
-Megabass Okashira Screw Head:
-Fish Arrow Wheel Head:

Swimbait Heads…

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
-Owner Beast Hook 4/0 and 1/8 oz:


-Hog Farmer War Pig Underspin:
-Fish Head Hammer Spin:
-Blade Runner Spintrix:
-Owner Flashy Swimmer:

Underspin Components…

Owner CPS Spring (Large Size):
Pro Point Underspin Blades:
Khan Baits Easy Spin:

Larger Swimbait Rigging…

-Gambler 7/0 Duz It Hook:
(Best Fit For 5.8 Keitech)
-Owner Beast Hook 8/0:
(Best Fit For 6.8 Keitech)
-Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/4 oz:

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Tim’s Finesse Swimbait Video:
Make Your Own Underspin Video:

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  1. Excellent video, this and all your videos are so well explained. I have learned so much from you and Tim. Thank you. I.agree with some of the other comments here, you and Tim should have more followers and maybe your own tv show. I’m not a newbie, Al Linder and Roland Martin were my fishing hero’s when I was first trying to learn how to fish. Those guys are still great but, your videos are so much more detailed and descriptive, taking time to show minor details that can make all the deference. Many of the pros don’t want us to know these little tips and tricks, but you guys are making us all better fishermen. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

  2. Hey guys , I fish a lot of shallow, weedy areas so I throw a bunch of weightless flukes texas rigged .. when I switch to a paddle tail ( like a kietech or a googan saucy swimmer) and throw it weightless and texas rigged 9 out 10 times it spins around in circles .. my rigging looks perfectly straight I have no idea what I’m doing wrong .. is it because it’s weightless?

  3. On the spring remover part, what if you put some super glue on it ? Would that help you to have more casting even after catching the fish(s)?

  4. Been upgrading the springs for awhile now, and I keep the old springs to put into the front of dropshot baits that I'm gonna nosehook. The spring gives the Dropshot bait more longevity, as nosehooked baits can get shredded pretty quick on a good bite with the smallmouth. Anyhow, hope this helps someone, great video as always.

  5. I got some of the 3/0 flashy swimmers I just used them with my spinning rod using the 4.3 inch keitech, and I was getting bit but the hook wasn’t exposing. Do I need to bump up to a bait caster or do I need a smaller bait because I don’t have a good enough gap between the bait and the hook

  6. I don't know what im doing wrong I've been fishing for over 50 years and get skunked every time. No nibble no hits nothing its like all fish are now extinct. I use live bait, lures, soft plastics and jigs all nice gear poles and reels and get nothing. I have better luck going to the store to buy fish that's old and stinky.

  7. I know this is a year old but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get the original CPS springs off the original hooks to switch out for larger ones. Anyone out there have a tip how to do it? Thanks!

  8. Matt I swish I could go fishing with you and Matt y'all seem to have more knowledge than some of the pros I love fishing myself and I learn a lot from you guys and y'all make me feel like I'm apart of y'all's tactical bassin family, I love how y'all take an hour or two out of your day on the water just to give some tips when you could be catching lunker's , thanks for all talks hard work and tips and I really would like to go fishing with you ps I really love fishing

  9. Maintaining bottom contact on the Matt Allen jig head equals massive snag ratio causing me to loose rig I'm talking like first or second cast this is from the bank though do I need to change something? Because I love the look and design of the jig head

  10. Not sure what I am doing wrong but my owner beast hooks don't keep my keitechs straight and hooks in place.. swims wrong and hook keeps jumping in or out too much

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