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Glide Week : The Perfect Sliding Storm (continued)

Crawl it back, burn it, or swim it back naturally and the Slideswimmer responds like it's a trained fish obeying your commands. One of my first experiences with this bait was from shore. I was anxious to see what the fuss was about this bait, so I hit a local reservoir with this bait and threw it out to see its action. I found a spot with a long point extending slowly out to the depths and when I retrieved the slideswimmer over the top of this point I had to do a double take when I saw a fish snaking its way up to me - it was my bait! The quality of this bait's movement is incredible!

The Slideswimmer shares the same mold as the Silent Killer. You can see here is where the bill usually goes.

Pause after your cast, let the bait sink to the bottom, and it rests perfectly on top of its hooks. Butch Brown, well known Southern California Trophy Hunter, has made famous a modification to the baits weighting system that slows it's out of the box fall rate of one foot for every two seconds to more like one foot for every four seconds. With this modification, you can get the bait to virtually suspend at about 3 or 4 feet deep and then twitch your rod tip to tease and piss off any would be diners in the area.

The tail on this lure is integrated into the bait's body.

Finally, because of that soft rubber outer lining on this bait, the Slideswimmer is incredibly durable! There are no hard plastic fins to break off, no paint to scuff or scratch, no thinly protected foil wrap to peel. Even the bait's glued on eyes hold better to the rubber coating. This bait is built to take abuse.

Performance Ratings for Deps Slideswimmer 250

Fall Attitude (1-5)
Degree of Glide (1-5)
Quality of Movement (1-5)
Position at Rest (1-5)
Durability (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Here's how the Slideswimmer 250 broke down in our lab.

Features: There are no real extra features to speak of for this bait. There are no spare tails in the packaging because spare tails are not needed. There's only one rate of fall of which we're aware, though it'd be nice if we could get a super slow sink version out of the package. Technically, there is a floating version of this bait but it's called something else - the SilentKiller. There are more finishes to this bait than published on the manufacturer's website because they make runs of custom as well as Butch Brown specialty colors but these colors aren't really advertised. Standard colors come with feathered trebles to help conceal the hooks.

Features Ratings for Deps Slideswimmer 250

Spare Parts (1-5)
Rates of Fall (1-3)
No. Finishes (1-5)
Miscellaneous (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2 (for feathered trebles)

The bait's finish is good, but not as intricate as we've seen from other Japanese companies.

Design/Ergonomics: Bait to bait consistency for the Slideswimmer is excellent. Its weight, at 6.3 ounces (rated at 6.5oz) might turn a lot of people away and it takes some dedication to throw continually throughout the day. On the plus side, the realism of this bait in the water is about as perfect as it gets. There are actually two smaller sizes of this bait, a 115mm and 175mm, but they hardly ever discussed. The 250 is where the magic takes place with this bait.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Deps Slideswimmer 250

Bait to Bait Consistency (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Realism (1-5)
Available Sizes (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Careful, this bait can be addicting.

Application: Fished with a stout enough rod and heavy enough line the Slideswimmer can be worked in and around just about any type of cover. The bait is big and heavy and as you might expect, lands in the water with quite a bit of commotion, so there's nothing subtle or finesse about it. The fish you're looking to catch with this bait are not subtle either. On that note, if there's one downside to this bait, because of its size, hookup ratio can be low. Fish can be too small for the hooks to catch them and larger fish can use the bait as leverage to unhook themselves.


Deps Slide Swimmer 250 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Out of the box this bait is not overly impressive 8
Performance In the water, it's a whole different story 10
Price Even with its super high price, the waiting list is insane 4
Features No extras to speak of with this bait, it's pretty basic yet deadly 5
Design (Ergonomics) Consistency bait to bait and in the water realism are incredible 8.33
Application Fish it slow, fast, or just nice and steady, the Slideswimmer is solid 7.5

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Incredible swimming action - Get on the waitlist, these baits are difficult to come by
+ Rubber coating is a very unique treatment and makes total sense - Cost to acquire is high
+ Did we mention this bait is SICK in the water? - You're going to want more than one


Conclusion: Viewed in the environment of a tackle store, or even the more sterile perspective from behind a keyboard, it's easy to understand anglers dismissing the Slideswimmer as too big, too expensive, and too unrealistic. "You have to be crazy to spend that kind of money on a bait," is what most would say. The great majority of these same doubters would likely change their mind if able to actually witness this bait do its dance in the water.


The Deps Slideswimmer 250 wins our Ultimate Enthusiast Award!


We don't know when Deps debuted the Slideswimmer, but you can be certain the bait is not new. It's probably been around for about ten years if not longer. But it's taken that long for the catches to mount up and word to get around, and today, it is arguably the most sought after big bait on the market. Back to the question posed at the very beginning of this article, what happens when you combine the enthusiastic allure of JDM tackle together with the passion inspired craze of big baits? You get a bait that wins TackleTour's Ultimate Enthusiast Award!


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