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Lure Review


Sebile Creates Some New Magic With Its Soft Swimmer (continued)

Weedlessness: But my favorite thing about this bait is how well it comes through weeds. Fished on sixty five pound braid, you can throw the Soft Magic Swimmer into just about anything and make it swim, dart, snake, and shimmy its way back to you. It’s far easier to work than a crankbait, and you can swim it just as fast and make it bump into limbs, rocks, and weeds.


These spare weights can be slipped over the barb of your hook securely and taken back off by gently twisting. They are a combination of rubber and tungsten powder.

You can dip it through holes in overgrown vegetation, fire it through tule patches, and skip it under docks and it comes back to you very easily. Granted, the hook will expose itself if your cast is too forceful or abusive on the bait ( e.g., if you hit it off a dock post or skip it really hard ), but for the most part, that hook stays hidden away very effectively during the retrieve.

For rigging on most all these soft bodied swimbaits, the eye of the hook can be fed through the head of the bait first, through the back side to save on wear and tear.

Hook up Ratio: An issue many of these slit belly, soft plastic baits have is with hook up ratio. Sometimes, the plastic of the bait is too stiff for consistent hook penetration until the bait gets a little worn. The Sebile Soft Magic Swimmer is made of a plastic that has just the right consistency for respectable durability and weedlessness while delivering very good hook setting performance. Just make sure you’re using a rod with decent backbone and not a super soft, crankbait-like stick.

Trey Kistler joins in our testing regimen out on Falcon Lake and discovers how fun it can be at times, to be a TackleTour editor.

Durability: As mentioned earlier, our baits held up well during abusive casts deliberately and not so deliberately into rocks, pilings, tules and the like. I couldn’t get into a hot bite to really test how they hold up against repeated bites, so the jury is still out on that one aspect. A school of small striper is perfect for this kind of tests, but that Fall bite on the Delta just didn’t pan out when we had these baits in hand.

The Sebile Magic Swimmer is a fun bait to fish!

 

Availability: The Sebile Soft Magic Swimmer has been available since late 2009 and in fairly good quantities. The original five inch baits come three to a pack for fifteen dollars and this product is now available in a four inch size as well for sixteen dollars per four per pack. Each package comes with one bait pre-rigged on a 5/0 EWG hook and includes several soft, tungsten weights for the shank of the hook.

 

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):

Sebile Soft Magic Swimmer Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The Soft Magic Swimmer is put together well with clean lines and no extra pieces of plastic hanging from the baits 8
Performance This bait dances like crazy and delivers a good bite to hookup ratio 9
Price (At the time we originally published the review we had the price wrong for the baits with a price of over $5 a bait, as we had the wrong number of baits per pack per size in the equation) We have since upped the price from "fair" to a strong "good" as the larger baits are 5 dollars each and the smaller baits are 4 dollars per bait 7.5
Features Weedless design is the key 8
Design (Ergonomics) A little odd looking considering the bait has no tail, but that doesn't stop the bites from coming 8
Application Imagination is the key 9

Total Score

8.25
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
J Fantastic action L More color selections would be nice
J Really good weedless performance  
J Ready to go out of the package with one bait already pre-rigged  
J Readily available - for now  

  

Conclusion: My first sample of the Sebile Magic Swimmer was with their four ounce, nine inch, hard bait.  After two or three casts, I cut the bait off and went back to a more traditional swimbait and never touched another Magic Swimmer after that. The soft version of this bait has changed all of that and now I can understand the interest and intrigue the original hard bait created – I just sampled the wrong size to begin with.

Back home at Clear Lake, California, I can't say enough about how well this bait comes through weeds and how much fun it is to work.

But the soft version has one very big advantage over the hard bait original – it’s weedless and can be tossed into a number of different situations where you’d never dream of throwing the hard bait. The action on this bait is superb, and for now, it’s readily available. I know I’ll continue to use it as I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface of what this bait has to offer.

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