Basstrix Paddle Tail Swimbait 5 inch
5 per pack
EVERY once in a while a product comes out that spawns a whole
new industry. Cell phones come to mind, as do iPods. In the fishing
world, one such product is the original BASSTRIX paddle tail swimbait.
Make no mistake about it; swimbaits have been around since the
original VIVIF swimbait arrived on our shores from France in the early
1960's. Swimbaits caught on like wildfire on the salt water front. It
seems like any fish that ate another fish for a living could be caught
on a swimbait. Particularly in southern California, you could not open
a salt water angler's tackle box without bumping into at least a few
The history of swimbaits in fresh water has not been as spectacular. While
worms of every length, size, shape, and color crowded out a basser's
tackle box, soft baits that looked like fish were far and few between.
There is a small following of anglers who used the smaller two to three
inch swimbaits mounted on 1/16 - 1/8 oz. ball shaped jig heads for
various panfish and the occasional walleye (in the central states), but
almost no one would throw a swimbait for bass.
Who knows why this is the case. Perhaps the jig head in front of the
fish body didn't look "right" to a basser. Maybe rigging on a jig head
snagged up to often. Maybe a jig head with weed guards on it looked
too "phony". Whatever the case, bassers and swimbaits didn't match.
The BASSTRIX paddle tail swimbait was like none other. BASSTRIX
swimbaits were the first of the hand poured hollow body baits. Like
their hand poured worm cousins, the colors and finishes were beyond
anything injection molded. The was a shine and a shimmer to the
lure that only the hollow body design could give. Their hollow body
design and soft plastic composition allowed them to swim at slower retrieves.
The softness of form and construction also made them feel "squishy"
and lifelike when a bass sucked one in; and the bass ate them up!
This ground breaking lure just begged for an innovative rigging system.
Sure, like any other swimbait you can impale them on a jighead and
go at it, but rigging them "Texposed" style really lets these lures
shine forth in all its glory.
There are two styles of hooks that work well with the BASSTRIX;
1) the weighted wide gap worm hook like the Falcon Lures Bait-Jerker hook
or the Gamakatsu weighted EWG Monster, and 2) the newer, innovative
twistlock hooks such as J.P. Jigs' BassTwitchers hook and Owner's weighted
Twistlock Beast hook.
By popular consent, BASSTRIX lures tend to catch larger than average bass
and can be considered a big bass bait. These lures are best fished with a
firm rod and stout line. Don't say that we didn't warn you should you decide
to throw this bait with wimpy tackle!