Trim a paddle tail off a swimbait


He prefers the 5-inch Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper for its favorable combination of mass and movement. 

“It’s not overly aggressive, but it’s not so small that it doesn’t make any noise,” Neal said. “I don’t need the entire bait, so I cut off about half of the bait. You want it to be as short as possible and still have enough plastic for your HitchHiker to bite. 

“You don’t want that metal sticking out of our plastic, or it’s going to catch grass or whatever else you’re throwing it around. It’s like trimming a jig’s weed guard — the shorter you trim it, the more it’s going to stay in place and let the tail displace the water.”