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Hunting for a Big Bite with the Lunkerhunt Swim Bento (continued)

Features: All Swim Bentos feature a solid body, vivid coloration, eyes, and a holographic insert. This insert is made of a shiny foil-type material. It looks good through the plastic without being too flashy or intrusive, but the one issue I have most with it was when rigging or unrigging. When rigging a bait this holographic core gets in the way a bit, but the real nuisance comes when unrigging as the hook barb tends to catch on the insert and pull it out of the bait. A little trick here is to turn the barb away from the insert before backing the hook out so it avoid catching.

The flashy insert loves to catch on a hook barb when unrigging

Design and Ergonomics: Lunkerhunt offers Swim Bentos in five colors and three sizes. While the color quality is first rate, it would be nice to see a few more added to the lineup. The body is not designed with a belly slit like other paddle tails, so despite its narrow profile you'll want to make sure you have enough hook gap to be effective. I find a 3/0 hook to be a good choice.

Check out that outstanding coloration and detail!

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Lunkerhunt Swim Bento

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

Application: The narrow profile is an asset when fishing through sparse shoreline tulles and grass. The Swim Bento winds through vegetation and stays down easier than bulkier baits while offering very little resistance to reel against. When fishing clear ponds a finesse approach often works best and these are my go-to swimbaits when a more subtle presentation is in order.

Toss these on an Alabama rig, as a trailer, or fish them alone

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Lunkerhunt Swim Bento Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality These are put together very nicely and are quite detailed for what's usually a pretty basic bait 10
Performance These are sweet performers that wind through vegetation easily 8.5
Price No matter what size you choose these are over a buck a piece—pricey compared to similar (yet more basic) offerings from Keitech, Berkley, and others 6
Features The material inside the bait can be annoying during rigging/unrigging 7
Design (Ergonomics) A narrow profile makes it an interesting alternative to fatter baits, but a few extra colors would be welcome 8.46
Application A versatile small bait that can be effectively rigged several ways. The slim profile makes it a savvy choice when a non-intrusive presentation is necessary 7

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:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Great looking baits - Pricey
+ Nervous action that gets bit easily - Holographic insert can get in the way when rigging

+ Comes through vegetation better than fatterbaits


One of many largemouth I was able to catch on the Lunkerhunt Swim Bento during testing

Conclusion: I love throwing soft weedless swimbaits down here in Florida. They are extremely effective for covering water and drawing a lot of strikes when the conditions aren't right or optimal for hard baits. So far, the Lunkerhunt Swim Bento hasn't disappointed me with its productivity. Whether throwing one alone, as a trailer, or along with several others on an Alabama Rig, there's no doubt they'll deliver when predatory fish are looking to snack on baitfish. 


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