I'm a swimbait junky. I love everything about fooling a bass with one. Maybe it's their combination of subtle movement coupled with their enormous size options. They make them as a small as your pinky and as big as Shaquille O'Neal's shoe.
They possess the potential to schools of big bass as well as the single largest alpha bass on an entire fishery.
The opportunity to catch a big fish gives me great enjoyment when reviewing so many swimbaits the last few years. Recently I have been throwing a relatively new hard swimbait, the BIWAA Seven.
Specifications on the Seven
The BIWAA Seven offers very life like details with a tight s-swimming motion. The Seven comes in 4-inch, 5-inch, 6-inch and 7-inch sizes. The swimbait comes in 11 great looking colors. Their finishes are very realistic. Each one is airbrushed then coated with 2-layers of protectant to make the baits extremely durable.
The Seven gets its name from the seven segments connected by a super durable woven mesh that combines them all and gives them free fluid motion in the water. The Mesh is rated for 40 pounds but it has been tested at more than 100 pounds. They use stainless steel everything including hook hangers and split rings that are reinforced and Japenese steel hooks. I found the hooks to be pretty good for stock swimbait hooks.
The components are quality, and the baits look like quality without having an enormous price tag like some other large hard swimbaits.
What I liked about the Seven
All four sizes throw really well on a good swimbait rod. I used the Megabass Levante Leviathan and an iRod Swim Jr for throwing the baits while testing. The 4 and 5 inch can be roll casted and flung around cover easily. The larger 6 and 7 inch baits will require a strong rod and a little more lob casting in open water.
The bait sinks about 15 inches a second. For folks that are used to the rate of fall (ROF) system made popular by the Huddleston, it would make this bait a little faster than a ROF 12.
I removed the back hook on the 4-inch model and it swims nice and is a little more compact. I'm playing around with clipping the bottom hook and using a rubber band to pin the hooks to he under belly of the swimbait to make them even more snagproof for fishing deep around cover.
The baits swim well and can be fished shallow and deep. They move well at slow speeds which is nice because you need to slow down to keep the bait deep. And I think the oversized eye on these baits adds a very attractive quality to them that is better seen at slower speeds. The eye might be my favorite part of this bait. The fins held up to several fish and the package actually came with an extra tail and top fin.
I was able to catch a few fish recently on the swimbaits fishing channel swing banks where I find big gizzard shad working the banks casting parallel and fan casting out to deeper water as I went.
I was able to horse on some 3 and 4-pound bass and grind them to the boat. The hooks and hardware held up well.
The Biwaa Seven retails for between $22 and $35 depending on the size. That's a steal of a deal considering how large the 7-inch bait is. I really like the shad, bluegill, bass and carassin colors in these swimbaits. You can find them at TackleWarehouse.com in a couple sizes and on their BIWAA.com website.