I've had the Megabass Magslowl swimbaits since July, when they sent me the first runs with their ICAST introduction materials this summer. Since that time I've been experimenting and waiting on the swimbait bite to get going again, because I knew the first time I threw it, the Magslowl was going to be another great tool for certain swimbait bites I fish.
I have boxes and shelves full of swimbaits, but I feel like each one has something it does a little better in certain situations and circumstances. And learning the nuances of each bait makes you a more effective angler. So I've been able to spend a few months learning the nuances of the Megabass Magslowl and thought I would share those here.
The bait comes in three sizes: 5-inch at 7/8 ounce, 7-inch at 1 1/4 ounce and a 9-inch at 3 1/4 ounces. I primarily fished the 7 and 9 inch swimbaits. The 7-inch is a good place to start if you're just dabbling in swimbaits for the first time, where the 9-inch Magslowl will appeal to more of the diehard big swimbait anglers.
I have fished them in various conditions but thus far have been most impressed at how well they fish shallow in clear water. There are several things that make the bait unique from other swimbaits on the market, even their own similar looking Magdraft swimbait.
The Magslowl was designed to be fish at ultra slow speeds which is often necessary in colder water temperatures. They also sought to keep a straight tracking head with a tail kick that took minimal resistance to get moving. Unlike the Magdraft, the Magslowl head keeps its position as the tail kicks without a wider body wobble like is found on the Magdraft. This makes it ideal for fishing for bass in colder, clearer waters like we experience in the fall and winter months.
The bait swims beautifully even at a medium speed, so long as the hook is slotted in it's unique hook keeper system. A neodymium magnet in a keeper slot in the belly of the bait keeps the feathered treble tucked and hidden as the bait is retrieved. When a fish is hooked, the hook comes free and is attached to swivel that takes the fish's leverage away on the fight.
I've skipped this swimbait shallow around docks and flooded cover and had a lot of success already catching bass that I could both see and that were hiding around shallow objects just out of sight.
The Magslowl swims with a slight chin-down orientation, so that further tucks the hook up out of the way as you fish it. While it can hang on thicker cover, it was able to crawl it along the bottom on several instances and trigger fish with a crawling retrieve with minimal problems.
The 7-inch bait casts well and I've even fished it on spinnerbait rods although I find a little bit longer and heavier rod makes it a bit more manageable.
The very natural subtle shimmy and tail kick make it very appealing to me at slow speeds. I think this will find regular rotation for me in the colder months as a great alternative to jerkbaits. Where the Magdraft had a harder body wobble and more aggressive approach at a medium fast retrieve speed, I think the Magslowl is the perfect addition for fishing in cooler waters.
The material is soft but surprisingly very durable. I've now had several fish-catching trips with the same swimbait and it's still going strong, although it's looking a bit chewed now. I fished it for smallmouth on the Mississippi River in Minnesota and largemouth bass in Kentucky. I've caught spotted bass on Table Rock Lake on it around docks and had some big follows to boot. The bait has high quality hardware on it from line ties, hook hangers, split rings, swivels and hooks. The belly weight and magnet system is a great addition. The feature conceals the treble and gives the bait added action.
You can find the Megabass Magslowl in 3 sizes and 6 colors on TackleWarehouse.com and other retailers carrying Megabass swimbaits. They are priced really well for their durability and swimming action and unique features. The DO Clear color is one of the better colors I've seen on a swimbait in a while.