Nearly a decade ago, YUM's three-inch Dinger was one of the Midwest finesse anglers' mainstays, as was their Wooly Beavertail. But they discontinued manufacturing them several years ago.
In January, however, YUM will be selling several new soft-plastic baits that will catch the attention of Midwest finesse anglers and their quarries. And one of those baits is the Swim'N Dinger.
From its flat head to the beginning of its clitellum, the Swim'N Dinger's round torso is encircled with a long series of rings. The surface of the clitellum is smooth. Behind the clitellum, there is a second series of rings that encircles the round torso. And it is a shorter series than the first series of rings.
Where the second series of rings come to an end, a tail appears. The tail is not round, and it is thinner than the torso, and it is about the same length as the first series of rings. A paddle is affixed to the end of the tail, which allows the portions of the bait that is not affixed to the shank of a hook to undulate and simulate a swimming action.
It is made in two sizes: a four-incher and a five-incher. The five-inch Swim'N Dinger is too long for Midwest finesse applications, but the four-inch one will work well on a 1/16- or 3/32-ounce Gopher Tackle Mushroom Head Jig. Of course, Midwest finesse anglers are apt to shorten the four-incher by trimming half or three-quarters of an inch off of its head, and the five-incher can be shortened, too.
It is impregnated with a lot of salt. It is manufactured in 10 colors: Black, Black/Blue Flake, Black/Blue Laminate, Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin /Neon Flake, Junebug, Pearl/Silver Flake, Red Bug, Watermelon/Pearl Laminate, and Watermelon Red Flake.
The suggested retail price for a package of 10 is $2.99.
(1) On Aug. 5, we published a gear guide about another new finesse bait by YUM that will be for sale in January. That soft-plastic bait is called the Warning Shot. Here is the link to that gear guide: https://www.in-fisherman.com/bass/yum-warning-shot/.
(2) In the weeks to come, we hope to publish nine more gear guides about YUM's new soft-plastic baits.