Sebile Creates Some New Magic With Its Soft Swimmer
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,
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.
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.