Impressions: I stumbled across the
Stealth Swimmer on one of my browser-shopping expeditions through
TackleWarehouse.com. This is a paddletail swimbait
product offered in two sizes (5.1" & 6.1") and available in ten
different colors. What peaked my interest was the description of an
innovative hook system completely concealed within the bait.
Sometimes, new products sneak up on us
When my Swimmers arrived, I found they were in packages of two, but the baits in the package were not quite identical. One is configured to sink slowly in the water column, the other is heavier and configured to sink more quickly. I also discovered that the hook is indeed pre-rigged and completely concealed within the slender body of the bait. The innovation was the use of a magnet in the belly of the bait to hold the hook inside - or was it?
Introducing Imakatsu's Stealth Swimmer paddletail
Real World Tests: I couldn't wait to see what this bait could do in the water and quickly assigned it to help me review another product, my 2020 Calcutta Conquest DC 101HG. The reel was spooled with some 50lb Daiwa J-Braid, and a 15lb Sunline Defier Armillo top shot. I then partnered the reel with my Megabass F7-71X7 Aaron Martens 71 so I could fish the Stealth Swimmer on a nice, stout fishing rod to drive that jig style hook home on any potential bites. This was my original setup for the 6.1 inch, slow sink version of the bait.
One of two combos I chose to fish this bait
Even though the reel is not on my agenda for testing (Zander stole that thunder from me
in the last article), I also wanted to fish my new Metanium MGL 151XGB. So I paired it with my neglected Evergreen International TKIC-71MH Super Stallion Inspirare, spooled it up with some 50lb Daiwa J-Braid and tied the 5.1 inch fast sink model straight to the braid.
The 2020 Metanium MGL looks as though it was made for this stick, but then
again this reel looks good on just about every rod
The great thing about these baits is they come pre-rigged, so there's no fussing about with which swimbait head or weighted hook to use, making sure everything is aligned, and so on. Just tie the bait to the end of your line and have at it!
Well, I guess there is a decision to be made and that's whether to tie the slow or fast sink version to the end of your line. Fortunately, I had two setups so I could switch back and forth to see which would be more effective.
The 6.1" Stealth Swimmer vs a 7" bass.
First thing I had to check, because you never know what type of magic Imakatsu might have up their sleeves, was the position of the bait as it sinks in the water column. As you might expect from a paddletail swimbait, there's no finesse in the way they sink. The fast sink points straight down, but the tail does flutter as it dives. The slow slink kind of flops and flails about aimlessly. Once you click your reel over and decide to work the bait, the body in both versions remains relatively still and the tail kicks at any speed.
The Stealth Swimmer comes pre-rigged with a weedless hook