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The market is now flooded with swimbaits. But rather than buy 50 different swimbaits, we’ve recently been narrowing down our selections to a few styles and bodies that work well in a variety of applications. This past spring we got turned on to the Swing Impact FAT from Keitech.  The reason we really love the bait is because we’ve got bass on them in literally 5 different applications and rigs.

Key features that make this a good swimbait:

  • Heavy salt content
  • Ridged body style
  • Oval /triangle hybrid shape
  • Narrow tail neck section
  • Very good colors


The good and bad of salt

The Swing Impact FAT swimbait comes in 4 sizes, including: 2.8-inch, 3.8-inch, 4.8-inch and 5.8-inch models. The interesting thing about these swimbaits right out of the package is the weight of each bait. Immediately you feel like you can sling one a mile with or without a weighted head just because of the heavy salt content.

The one thing with heavy salt is that baits tend to rip easier because the plastic is not solid all the way through, and that was the case with these swimbaits. Because of this we secured the swimbaits to jig heads and hooks with super glue and used a plastic repair glue to keep them working longer for us.  We caught a lot of bass on one swimbait, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Action and profile matter


However the action on these swimbaits  elicited a lot of vicious strikes in a variety of applications. The action comes from a combination of the shape, ringed ridges around the body, tail kick and then the heavy salt that helps to keel the bait correctly. When rigged on a swimbait head, a big hook with weighted belly, or on an umbrella rig the bait swims with a big tail kick and pronounced roll that puts a lot of pressure waves into the water.

I took a lot of fish from clear water to moderately stained water. I even threw the smaller ones on the back of a swim jig and caught several fish on those.

The bait has a slight groove in its back and an EWG fits nicely there. The middle section of the bait is fairly hollow and thin so it’s easy to rig and get a good hookset on fish. But we actually preferred the swimbait on a jighead. We’ve been using the big version on a 3/4 ounce swimbait head with good success on deep fish.

Tail kick and bling

The bait actually has an almost triangle shape which appears to be key to the great action. The neck section of the tail is thin and it gives the tail a great kick and thump. You can feel the bait kick on a long cast to deep water.

They did a great job on the colors of the baits. They have very natural hues and good transitions with flake to add a little flare to the baits. The result is a very natural presentation in the water that the bass can’t seem to resist.

The baits come 4 to 8 to a pack depending on the size. They are available at Tackle Warehouse and other retailers locally as well. They are a little more at $7.49 a pack. But they catch fish so that’s a decision left up to each angler. I have stocked up on them since starting to fish them.  It’s one of the few small jighead swimbaits I rely on regularly along with Zoom Swimming Flukes, Big Bite Baits Cane Thumpers, Berkley Split Bellies, and AA Worms Shad Tails to cover the bases.


Swing Impact FAT takes a big bass


10 thoughts on “Keitech Swing Impact FAT

  1. I have used these Keitech swimbaits for almost 4 years now – their side to side kicking action is the BEST action in the swimbait market. consistent thumping – it really helps attract in stained/dirty water – but STILL looks perfect in crystal clear water – due to their awesome color selections!!! Rigged on an A-rig – they are deadly!!! Hang on – cause the strike will about take your arm off!!

  2. You guys nailed it on the reasons it performs so well. I like the bigger sizes, as even 2 lbers will suck this thing down.

    Just like with other swimjig or swimbait bites, you need to pause for a second or two while pointing your tip at the bass before swinging on them.

  3. I gave sold a yon I these swim baits in my store so far this year. By far the best selling swim baits I have right now. Anyone needs any please feel free to call and I’ll hook you up withy them. 865-856-8899

  4. I just started using these swim-baits…They look nice going thru the water..But, one of mine ripped, and I used Mend-It glue to try to repair it and it just dissolved the bait…

  5. Well that if funny Shark!! I used Mend-It on one of mine the other day and I be danged if it doesn’t look brand new except for the bass teeth marks. HMMM

  6. Been having great luck thanks to for the tips caught three mamas yesterday four to six pounds in a half hour 3.8 weighted hooks they love to tear them up good for a couple good size bass had one turn completly inside out worth the extra dollar to spend knowing your going to catch fish !!!

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