The tail end and durability

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soft-plastic swimbait tail

The body has a pretty consistent width to it until you get back to about where the hook comes through. Then the tail-end of the bait starts to taper down until it’s pretty thin where the actual paddle of the tail connects to the bait. The thinner this part of the tail is, the more action the paddle will have. But on the flip side of that, this section can be too thin which leads to short striking bass biting your tail off all the time. I am pleased to report however that this one isn’t too thin, and is just right in my opinion.

In my first outing with this bait, I rigged it on a jighead and caught 7 or 8 fish with one lure. I also had a few fish short strike the bait on the bite, meaning they didn’t get the whole bait in their mouths. When I snatched and missed the fish, I was pleased to see the tail still intact when the bait got back to the boat.

Not only does this bait being durable allow me to use fewer of them, but it also affords me the luxury of making an immediate cast back to where I missed the fish. I did this twice that day and caught the fish that I had likely missed on the previous cast. Had I needed to re-rig a new bait, there’s more of a chance the fish would have moved or that I might have lost sight of exactly where the bite had come from and I wouldn’t have caught the fish.