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Lunkerhunt's Finesse Swimbait

Lunkerhunt's Finesse Swimbait
A White Ice Finesse Swimbait affixed to an unpainted 3/32-ounce mushroom-style jig.

A finesse-size swimbait is gradually replacing one of the standard-bearers in the repertoire of Midwest finesse anglers. That standard-bearer is the old-fashioned curly-tail grub.

Therefore, Lunkerhunt’s Finesse Swimbait is catching the eyes of a goodly number of Midwest finesse anglers – especially those anglers who ply waterways where considerable numbers of black bass spend much of their days foraging upon threadfin shad and small gizzard shad.

To acquire more insights about Lunkerhunt’s Finesse Swimbait, we contacted the folks at Lunkerhunt, and Ronan Duckenfield sent us several of them to work with and thoroughly describe.

When we worked with it, here is what we discovered:

When its length is measured along its dorsal, it is 2 5/8 of an inch long. When it is measured along its ventral, it is three inches long.

The way that its paddle-tail is situated affects how long it is.

Its head, torso, and tail are solid.

Its head is flat and round, possessing a width of seven-sixteenths of an inch and a circumference of about 1 3/8 inches.

The first 2 1/16 inches of its torso is somewhat cylinder-shaped, but as it approaches its tail, it becomes flatter and narrower, exhibiting the profile of a fish’s caudal peduncle region.

It is endowed with 29 significant ribs. Twenty-six of them encircle the torso. But ribs number seven, eight, and nine do not venture across the ventral area, leaving a gap that is three-sixteenths of an inch by nine-sixteenths of an inch, and the epidermis of this area is smooth.

At one inch from the tip of its head, the Finesse Swimbait’s torso is about three-eighths of an inch wide with a circumference of about 1 3/16 inches.

At rib number 29, which is the torso’s last rib, the width is three-sixteenths of an inch with a circumference of about eleven-sixteenths of an inch.


The last segment of the torso is flat and thin, exhibiting the thickness of about one millimeter. It stretches from rib number 29 to the junction with the paddle tail. This section is about seven-sixteenths of an inch long. It becomes wider as it approaches the junction with the tail. Adjacent to rib number 29, it is three-sixteenths of an inch wide. At the junction with the tail, it is one-half of an inch wide. Its epidermis is smooth.

The tail is flat and thin with a thickness of less than one millimeter. It possesses nearly the same shape as an ornicular leaf. It is about three-quarters of an inch long, and at its widest spot, it is three-quarters of an inch. Its circumference is about two inches.

It is manufactured in the following hues: Ayu, Ghost, Green Pumpkin, Perfect Pumpkin, Sexy Melon, Smokin Shad, Tennessee Shad, and White Ice.

It is neither impregnated with salt nor scent.

It is quite buoyant.

A package of eight costs $4.49.


  1. Here is a link to Lunkerhunt’s website:
  2. Lunkerhunt also sells a package of three Finesse Swimbaits with a quarter-ounce weedless mushroom-head jig. The size of the hook is a number two, and the shank of the hook possesses a wire bait keeper. This package costs $3.99.
  3.  Here are three links to gear guides that we have published about Lunkerhunt’s soft-plastic baits:
  4. Most of the time, Midwest finesse anglers will employ a straight and do-nothing retrieve with the Finesse Swimbait. Many of them will opt for a mushroom-style jig that is smaller than a quarter ounce one. But there will be times when other Midwest finesse presentations will be effective. Some of these retrieves will replicate the behavior of bluegill, chubs, darters, shiners, and sunfish. Here is a link to the Midwest Finesse column that explains how to employ the six Midwest finesse retrieves with Lunkerhunt’s Finesse Swimbait:

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