UFO 6” Gill Swimbait – Abducting Bass Night and
||UFO Bait Co.
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Introduction: UFO Bait Co. is a custom swimbait builder that creates some
of the most sought-after gill baits in the game. These include the immense
Mothership and the smaller 6” gill, both of which are coveted by swimbait
enthusiasts that have witnessed, or heard about, the many bass abductions that
these renowned baits are responsible for.
||Available in Wake or Crankdown configurations
The UFO 6" Gill Wake is a handmade
custom swimbait. Tilapia pattern on left and Sunkist Gill on right
UFO Bait Co. was created by Eric Banuelos,
who is still the company’s primary baitsmith and painter, and together with his
wife design and manufacture all UFO swimbaits. The name UFO is an acronym for
“Ultimate Fishing Objects,” and describes the company’s signature platter shaped
bait, the coveted Mothership which Eric originally created for fishing highly
pressured San Diego lakes. The Mothership is the very definition of a big
swimbait and measures close to 9” long, is 4” high, and just over an inch and a
half thick at the widest point. The waking version weighs in at over 7.5 ounces
and retail on this bait is $299. Buying one can be a challenge as “Ships” are
very limited and with demand so high for these baits they routinely sell for
more in the secondhand market.
The bait that helped put UFO Bait
Co. on the map, the massive Mothership, or "Ship" as some fondly call it
The Mothership has achieved legendary status for
being a big fish catcher, but also for being one of the most unique looking and
sounding baits on the market. Watching a Mothership sail through the air and
splash land is a sight, but watch the bait move water as it is twitched and
retrieved, and it is immediately obvious this bait is all business. I’ve wanted
a Mothership for a long time but never caught a drop or found a reasonable deal
on a secondhand one that I was comfortable pulling the trigger on.
The 6" Gill is basically a
downsized Mothership. Both baits feature a platter style design that makes them
I decided that I would have to work my way up to a
Mothership and set my sights on a UFO Gill. The 6” Gill is basically a downsized
Mothership and features the same platter style profile and three section design,
just in a much smaller scale. Eric builds many more of the 6” gills, and they
retail for $199 each. While the 6” Gill is much more accessible they can still
be difficult to procure due to their high demand. But swimbait enthusiasts are
resourceful, and this is par for the course with highly desirable “fire”
garage-built custom baits.
Both the Mothership and 6" Gill
have relatively thin bodies
All UFO 6” Gill swimbaits are made of resin, have
two joints, and finished with a semi-soft permanently affixed tail. The Gill is
made in a variety of configurations including a wake and crankdown with a clear
lexan bill, and a non-billed extra slow sinking version.
The 6" Sunkist Gill weighed in at
2.81 ounces. The articulation of the joints can be seen here as well
Real World Tests:
I was finally able to procure a 6” Gill directly from UFO in the wake
configuration and Sunkist pattern this past summer. To say I was excited to fish
the new wake would be an understatement. Within an hour of receiving the bait
from Eric I already had it tied on and was in full send mode.
The 6" Gill is available in a
variety of configurations including wake, crankdown, and a lipless extra slow