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#79 5" Better Bitin' Boot Tail Mod
Posted by Matt MagnoneMay 20, 2015, 6:14 PM

Well if that isn't a tongue twister I don't know what is!
There comes a time when conditions dictate downsizing tackle whether it be due to un-favorable conditions or in following seasonal feeding trends. In much of the Southern states, many Bass have left the "bed" and are settling into typical Post Spawn feeding patterns. When asking about targeting Bass this time of year, the first thing you'll hear is "Post Spawn Blues". At times throughout this stage, Bass become extremely hard to catch but still remain active. What many people forget is that slowing down doesn't always mean going finesse. 

In the Post Spawn I pick up the 5-7" swim bait and make it a goal to cover water. I'm looking for active fish in a positive feeding mood. With that being said, I try to hit as many spot on spots and play the odds. Fish have specific feeding times and I want to provide them a high caloric meal at the moment in which the dinner bell rings.

A boot style swimbait is a deadly weapon this time of year when fished and rigged correctly. The beauty of this technique is that it not only appeals to larger bass, but still has the ability to draw numbers of Bass. 

Let's get started!

Step: #1
With a hodge podge of baits available with a single click of the mouse, the possibilities are endless in choosing a soft swim bait. I favor baits in the 5"-7" range that have a streamlined design. When rigged, I want the distance from belly to back to be shallow in order for better hook exposure once a fish bites down on it. In this demonstration I'll be using the 5" Megabass Spark Shad.

Step: #2
In most cases the mantra holds true. Bigger the bait; Bigger the hook. As always I want to create the best illusion as I bring my bait through the water. I want a hook that follows the contour of the bait's body while retaining enough bite to penetrate the mouth of a Bass. I'm a big fan of the Owner Twist lock and Beast Hooks when proportioned to the bait. The Weighted Twist lock allows for a streamlined appearance and the Beast provides a bigger bite for over-sized baits. In pairing with the Megabass Spark Shad, the 4/0
3/32oz. Twist lock fits like a champ for a slowed down retrieve.

Step: #3
Assuming you're dealing with a bait that fits the criteria but yet, has a solid body rather than a hollow. While some would simply avoid the concept, there's a simple modification that can allow your bait to collapse on itself providing the same solid hook up as a hollow body swim bait. Gauge the distance in which your hook point will insert the bait and with a sharp pair of scissors, make an incision into the bait a little less than 1/2' from the bend of the hook to 1/4" above the weight.

Step: #4
As opposed to typical screw lock hooks, The Owner Twist lock has a Centering Pin which cures the common mishap of coring a bait out due to multiple rigging problems. Insert the Centering Pin into the nose of the bait and begin twisting as normal.

Step: #5
As with all rigging concepts, take proper care in seating your hook. A bait rigged correctly will perform at its peak performance. A bait rigged incorrectly man swim sideways, track wrong or worse; not swim at all. Allow the hook to hang down the side of the bait and keep a mental note where the bottom of the hook lies. This is the point in which you'll insert the hook point into the bait. Failure to do so will force your bait off travel.

Step: #6
With inserting any keel weight into the belly of a bait take proper care to position it as center as possible. The bait will always roll to the heaviest point. A keel weight off center will force your bait to swim off center. A keel weight centered inline will allow your bait to track true.

Step: #7
Going back to step #3, when compressed in a Bass's mouth, the hook is allowed ample room to move through the bait. If rigged without the "hook slot", the distance from belly to back would yield 1/4 the biting gap the hook has. This could result in a poor hook set and a missed opportunity at a fish of a life time. On some of our crystal clear lakes in Southern California, getting bit is paramount. Creating a natural illusion is sure to put more fish in the boat. The Megabass Spark Shad is extremely soft allowing for the bait to compress easily providing a solid hook up ratio.

And there you have it. A quick and easy boot tail swimbait mod that provides both stealthiness and performance!
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Philemon  7/6/2015 10:59:03 AM
Got the baby bass color because I've had suscces catching largemouth bass with baby bass senko's. Tried this in the pond near my house but I got snagged, water's too shallow for these. Tried it at the local lake casting directly under the fountain in the middle of the lake and reeling at moderate speed, pulled in a nice sized bass (at least 3 lbs) pretty quickly. Very happy, will buy more.
Willem  7/5/2015 09:41:13 PM
Fishing a local resevoir and we were not cantihcg a thing.. barely a nibble. I had just bought a pack of these and figured I'd give them a shot.. they don't look like much but I figured what the hell. First cast I pulled in a fish.. next cast another. Caught a few large mouth bass, my buddy borrowed one and pulled in a very large bass so basically I'm on here buying more of them to have in my tackle box.
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