Best Swimbaits: Top Picks for Bass and Gamefish

Best Swimbaits: Top Picks for Bass and Gamefish

Soft-plastic swimbaits are top options for bass and a variety of other gamefish. Their lifelike profiles, actions, and fish-attracting vibrations excel in a variety of situations. Whether you're ticking the tops of thick vegetation, plying the base of a weedline, or targeting fish suspended in open water, a host of baits offer options for matching environmental conditions and the mood of the fish. Thanks to enterprising manufacturers, our choices range from slim swimmers to deep-bodied baits, armed with a wide variety of tail designs from supersize paddles to knob-tipped wisps. Likewise, choices include a broad palette of color patterns and flavorings, along with solid- and hollow-belly options, with the latter offering a bit more buoyancy. To help you sort through the options, we present the following selection of some of the best swimbaits sure to boost your catch rates this season.

Best Swimbaits

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