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Tie One On, Toss It Out and Hang On! Introducing Sworming Hornet Lure's Fish Head Spin (continued)

Retrieve: The Fish Head Spin is a versatile little bait. It can be hopped along the bottom, bumped into as many obstacles as you can find, or slowly retrieved in, around, and through docks, weedbeds, or rock piles. The bait does not give off enough vibration to really feel through your rod tip but that was hardly an issue as the majority of strikes I received were unmistakable.


Rig it with your favorite soft plastic

Shown here with the Zoom Super Fluke


In fact, the most fun I had fishing this bait was during the fall striper run in the California Delta. Paired with a Zoom Superfluke, the half ounce version of this lure weighs a total of about seven eighths of an ounce and can be cast a mile - a great benefit when chasing after schooling striped bass. On repeated trips this bait really shined evidenced by the fact when action slowed with other baits, I could almost always find some action by switching to my Sworming Hornets rig. All I would have to do is cast as far as possible, let the bait sink a couple of feet, then begin my slow retrieve back to the boat. This would inevitably be answered with repeated swipes at the bait by curious striper and then finally, the take and it was fish on!


The 3D Holographic Eyes give this bait extra appeal

Mustad Ultra Point hooks are proving to be valuable assets to baits such as the Sworming Hornet Fish Head Spin


Durability: Despite what seems to be a very quality finish on the jighead, use your Fish Head Spin enough and the paint will begin to chip. Funny thing is, I kind of like the look of the chipped paint on this lure as it gives it more character and seems to better resemble an injured baitfish (i.e. easy prey for a hungry fish!). Otherwise, the Mustad Ultra Point hook holds up very well through fish after fish and the stainless steel ball bearing swivel continues to provide free-turning performance in support of the willow leaf blade.


A quality swivel ensures free-spinning blades

Now while I did not have any issues with my trailers slipping off prematurely, a small tip, if you want to make sure your trailers stay on as long as possible is to use a dab of SuperGlue or some soft bait glue on the Fish Head Spin's baitkeeper before threading your trailer on completely, but again, I did not find this step necessary.

Another look at the stainless steel swivel on our SW Fish Head Spin


Effectiveness: I fished this bait primarily on trips in search of striped bass, but I also fished a smaller, 3/16 ounce sized Fish Head Spin on a couple of spotted bass trips here in Northern California. It was equally effective against the spots, but really, I still had more fun using it in pursuit of the striper. There was just something about the way the striper seemed to swipe at it a few times before actually taking it in that added to the entire experience.


The only area of wear on our baits showed up in the paint finish

You know your bait has seen some serious action when it starts to look beat up like this one

Availability: The Fish Head Spins can be purchased directly from Sworming Hornets through their website at www.sworminghornetlures.com, or through various online retailers. As with any successful bait design, imitation is the sincerest form of flattering and there are several similar designs out there now. The original has performed so well for me, I see no reason to turn elsewhere.


Striped Bass kill this bait!


Sworming Hornet Fish Head Spin Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality solid construction and quality components 9
Performance simple and effective 9
Price More expensive than a jighead, but cheaper than a lot of spinnerbaits 8.5
Features Sharp hooks, bearing swivels, 3D eyes 9
Design (Ergonomics) A lot of thought went into the design of this bait and the fact the end result is so obvious shows us that Rick Steckelberg did his homework. 8.5
Application As versatile as any jig or jigheaded bait, yet with a little extra flash 8.5

Total Score


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Quality Components L An option for a longer shanked hook for bigger plastic worms would be nice
J Very Versatile L A weedless option would be fantastic
J Attractive Paint Finish  

Tie on a Sworming Hornet Fish Head Spin and have some fun!

Conclusion: Don't let the rather simplistic nature of its design fool you, the Sworming Hornet Fish Head Spin is a versatile little fish catcher. I really enjoy the fact you can use it with any number of different plastic trailers and even though I've had it and have been fishing it now for the better part of the past year, it still feels new to me because there are so many other plastic baits I want to fish it with. All that will come in time. For now, it will sit in my "user" pile of baits as a product that has gained my confidence and recommendation. Tie one on, toss it out, and hang on!












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