I guess this question is pertanent to all baits, but especially to swimbaits. It is widely accepted (i think) that large swimbaits are one of the best ways to go for catching giant bass...and more generally, large baits are often seen as the way to go for large bass (i.e. 10" worms, large jigs...). I have never fully understood this phenomenon. I am not saying that small worms or other small baits do not catch big fish (as seen with the current DVL record largemouth)...but rather that they are not used to specifically target big fish. I guess this makes sense since it is not worth it for a big fish to go out of her way to eat a 4" worm. When it comes to swimbaits, however, a 6" or 7" swimbait seems like it would be a great "meal" for even a huge bass. Therefore, why would a larger...10" or 12" bait be used? Is a large bass going to pass up a 7" trout because it isnt worth the effort? Or is the issue that a 7" trout is not going to match the stocked trout as well as a larger 9" or 12" swimbait would? Or are there other issues that I am not aware of?
i agree...but if I was presented with the 7 ounce steak I would not pass it up and assume that a 10 ouncer would be given later. If you are using a 7 inch swimbait, would there be a time when a bass would be unwilling to hit it, but willing to eat the 10 inch?
My reasoning may be wrong, but I feel like a 7 inch trout would always be a big enough "meal" for a bass that it would not pass it up if it were in the eating mood.
This is always a fun thing to talk about, because bass are bass, and they are just unpredictable critters. I've seen it where fish would barely look at 7 and 9" lures, but when I put out the 12" they were all over it. Sometimes it goes the other way. You throw the 12" for nothing, and then switch to a 9" and you get some bites. There's no science to it, it's a matter of figuring it out over time.
The main dilemma in trying to figure out this kind of stuff, is that most days you only get 1 or 2 bites if that. How do you pattern fish or put together a theory on bait size, when you only get 1 or 2 bites? It's really hard.
I think people get the idea that you can go out with a big bait and get bit like you would with a worm or a senko or a spinnerbait or whatever. It's just not like that at all. If I look back in time at how many casts with the stocker trout it took before I got a 10+ on it, it's easily easily 10,000 casts. 10,000 casts and 4 fish over 8lbs. That's a lot of casts with no bites. If I look back just at my last 4 fishing trips, I've only caught three bass. Two trips I got skunked fishing almost all day. One trip I caught 2 smaller fish, and the last trip I got a 12. That's about right on par for me. I blank half the time, I stick some small fish, and I get one slug. If I lived in San Diego, I'd probably get a fish over 10 every 10 or 15 trips instead of every 5 to 8 trips. In SD and So-Cal and even on the Central Coast you get everyone out throwing big bait. The fish get used to it and it makes it so much tougher. Up here I can run around to 6 or 10 different lakes and try to find some fresh fish to throw at.
I agree with everything swimbait said on the big bait subject. But I do have one idea about why the smaller plastics are more effective around Cali. The fact that we really don't have any aquatic snakes has a big effect on it. You can watch Bill Dance throw a ten inch worm in Tennessee (where they have forage like that) and catch alot of fish, but on the west coast, things are different. Just more thought food.
10,000 casts huh! That's some sore muscles as I recently discovered. I threw that Castaic hardhead yesterday from 8 until 2 when I just couldn't do it anymore. I didn't catch anything. But I don't feel bad about it. It's the first time I ever went out with just a swimbait and one rod. So I figure I haven't paid my dues yet. It will be happening more often as I really REALLY want to hang a double digit fish this spring. Of course owning more than one swimbait, Hammers not included, would help! LOL Thanks for the encouragement on the BnT board the other day. It helped a lot.
i live down here in san diego and i throw swimbaits alot down here i.e san v, dixon, and poway. i can say this i have casted those damn things at least 10,000 times with only one fish at 5 pounds. now on the other hand i have had a bunch of fish that would push 15 follow my bait or even charge it as fast as they could. that my friend is almost as good as sticking one of those hawgs "almost". anyways time and time again of trowning the big baits has to pay off at one time for sure. its is all about right place right time. i geuss
I seem to have alot more luck on the 7inch. Still on big fish. At night, the larger baits work better though, for me anyways. Ofcourse i live in Va where they dont stock trout in lakes anywhere near where i live.. Aggravating but the swim baits still catch nice fish..