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Unfinished Business: Our Soft Bodied Swimbait Tackle Drop (continued)

Baitsmith 6" SB: The Baitsmith six inch trout bodied swimbait made its splash onto the scene in the middle of 2007 through tournament successes by Seig Taylor at Clear Lake, California. Any bait born to success in one of our backyard waters is sure to garner attention from the TT Crew, so we immediately stocked up to try and find out for ourselves, what this bait was all about. Since that time, a new, heavier, faster sinking version has been released along with a rumored magnum version that, at the time of this writing, was set to debut at any moment. Our story here covers the original six inch trout.


Introducing Baitsmith's 6" Swimbait.


Baitsmith 6" Swimbait Specifications

Type Soft Bodied Swimbait
Depth Mid-Water to bottom
Class Sinker
Size (Weight) 6" ( 2 oz)
Colors/Patterns 11 Colors
MSRP $27.99


Action: Baitsmith's swimbait borrows on the controversial wedge tail design patented by Stanley but popularized by Huddleston. In contradistinction from the paddletail, this design, at least in profile, more closely resembles that of a real fish and hence the preference of bait makers seeking to create baits with a more realistic appearance and profile. The challenge here is to deliver that realistic appearance along with a realistic side to side swimming motion. The Huddleston interpretation of this design is legendary. Our conclusion of the Baitsmith's tail action? Very good at both slow and slow speeds with virtually no body wobble whatsoever.

Baitsmith's interpretation of the wedge-type tail


Fall Rate: The six inch Baitsmith swimbait falls at a rate of roughly one and a half feet per second. It has a slight nose down body position on descent and once it hits bottom, though the bait does not fall over onto its side immediately, it does tend to lean to one side or the other.


The Baitsmith 6" Swimbait swims quite well for having such a slim tail design.


Application: Like the Tournament Talon on the previous page, the Baitsmith six inch Trout was designed with the tournament angler in mind and is really a rather versatile bait in open cover situations. For whatever reason, even with its thin profile, this bait does get bogged down slightly in weedy environments but in and around docks and rock piles, it is a breeze to pitch, cast, and lob.


Bottom detailing of the Baitsmith 6" Swimbait


Features: Originally available in only a handful of colors, the Baitsmith six inch trout is now made in close to a dozen different patterns. Equipped with a Mustad Ultra Point hook, the bait also features a loop at the bottom for additional rigging options. The afore mentioned Heavy Duty version of this same bait has all the same features of the original but is slightly heavier for a faster sink design.


The Baitsmith 6" Swimbait features a bottom rigging ring for optional installation of stinger hooks



Baitsmith 6" Swimbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very well built baits 8
Performance Good at fast or slow speeds 8
Price On the pricier side of baits 7
Features Realistic profile with wedge-type tail design 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Realistic looking bait 7.5
Application The bait is best in motion 7.5

Total Score

Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

Pluses and Minuses:


J Good action at slow and fast speeds L A tad on the pricey side
J Sinks at a relatively slow rate  
J Lots of colors to choose from  
J Not hard to find  

Profile of the bait viewed from above water.


Conclusion: Curiously enough, despite several trips to the lake where this bait gained its fame, we were unable to hook up with any bass throwing this Baitsmith bait. That is not to say the bait is not effective, far from it. We just had trouble finding the right place and time with this particular bait given all the product that was on our deck during 2008. We like the accessibility of this bait and intend to continue using it, but as 2008 draws to a close, and the pile for 2009 begins to grow, it was time to let go and let you know our thoughts on this very promising bait from Baitsmith.


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